Ayalew Mesfin, being seemingly one of the underdogs of his time, he was extremly funky. His tunes from the Ethiopiques series can prove that, listening to ‘Feker Aydellem Wey’ or ‘Hasabe’ you might see why. He first started his career in the 70s and is comparable to the style of Alemayehu Eshete. His Fetan Band and The Black Lion Band had definetly an approach to western funk.
Check out a tune at radiodiffusion.
Met Mr. Ayalew outside of his shop here one day, he was closing it down to do some proper renovation for several months, on the reopening thought he said he would be having ready new releases of all his old material, CD and cassettes.
The song I’m sharing with you is an original Ayalew Mesfin tune, but might be recognizable for you who has listened to Getachew Mekurya & The Ex. Aha Begena, went to punk but at the same time it kind of already was. Getachew is also appearing on this recording. The tune is taken from Ayalew Mesfins first cassette-album, not available anywhere.