Awesome Tapes From Africa
“Musicawi Silt” is the best known Ethiopian song from Addis Ababa’s golden era of 1970s pop music. The insistent drive of the rhythm and the mighty blast of the horns – a sublime, angular burst – are unmistakable. Hailu Mergia’s concept for the Walias first LP “Tche Belew” was to include compositions by various band members. Since Girma Beyene, a member of the Walias, wrote this addictive song in the mid-70s and the Walias band began including it in their sets, it has spread around the world, receiving cover treatments by bands of all kinds. The legendary track has never been available in its original form on a 7-inch single until now.