Back in the late '70s, Mulatu Astatke collaborator, keyboardist and accordion maestro Hailu Mergia was on an incredible musical roll in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. After recording the remarkable instrumental album Tche Belew with The Walias Band in 1977, Hailu wanted to do something slightly different. For Wede Harer Guzo, he connected with The Dahlak Band, the in-house entertainers at Ghion Hotel to create a soulful and smokey cycle of Ethiopian songbook classics. Featuring remarkable vocal arrangements and playing, Wede Harer Guzo is a must-listen for Ethiopian music fans interested in learning about the younger late night dancing sounds of that era.

Lost to the back pages of history for over thirty years, on the 17th of June, Awesome Tapes From Africa will reissue Wede Harer Guzo in a variety of physical and digital formats. Coming off the back of their reissues of Tche Belew and the Hailu Mergia and His Classical Instrument album, recent US performances opening for Beirut, and his debut Australian tour, it marks out 2016 as a key year for Hailu.

You can listen to 'Sintayehu' from Wede Harer Guzo below. Digital and physical pre-orders are available here and here.