The tenth instalment of Mr Bongo’s Africa 45 collection, a string of releases shedding light on some forgotten gems from across the continent.
The A-side, ‘Telantena Zaré’, comes courtesy of Alèmayèhu Eshèté, who makes his second appearance on the 45’s series. Described as the ‘Ethiopian James Brown’, Eshèté brings an upbeat, guitar led number which is worthy of the comparison. The original was released back in 1974 on Amha Records, and you can bet there are no copies going on discogs, luckily you can grab the re-release over at Mr Bongo now.
The double A-side, ‘Ene Negn bay manes’ is a much more slow groover, featuring some psychedelic organ work and vocals by Girma Bèyènè himself. The original was also released on Ethiopian label Amha Records in 1969.
This latest offering comes in a long line of stellar releases from Mr Bongo, who also have a series of Brazil and Latin 45’s. Take a listen below.