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The acclaimed and highly sought-after LP by Hailu Mergia and the Walias, Tche Belew, an album of instrumentals released in 1977, is perhaps the most seminal recording released in the aftermath of the 1974 revolution. The story of the Walias band is a critical chapter in Ethiopian popular music, taking place during a period of music industry flux and political complexity in the country.
Hailu Mergia, a keyboardist and arranger diligently working the nightclub scene in Addis Ababa, formed the Walias in the early 1970’s with a core group of musicians assembled from prior working bands. They played Mergia’s funk- and soul-informed tunes, while cutting 45rpm singles with various vocalists.
While the Walias performed at top hotels an...
Mike Majkowski, born 1983, is a double bassist from Sydney, Australia. He began his musical activities as a jazz bassist, and has since developed an active interest in music of an exploratory and experimental nature. Mike is a long time devotee of the improvised music community in Sydney, and has curated for the NowNow improvised music concert series.
Mike has collaborated with a number of wonderful musicians, including: Jon Rose, Chris Abrahams, Jim Denley, Hollis Taylor, Clare Cooper, Clayton Thomas, James Waples, Dale Gorfinkel, Peter Farrar, Martin Ng, Robbie Avenaim, Amanda Stewart, Laura Altman, Han Bennink, Paul Lovens, Wilbert de Joode, Eric Boeren, Michael Moore, Toby Delius, Axel Doerner, Steve Heather, Michael Thiek...