Watch Egon and Madlib investigate Ethiopia’s 70s music scene with Ayalew Mesfin in this short film via Noisey
Earlier this year, Now-Again partnered with Vinyl Me, Please to issue Ethiopian funk legend Ayalew Mesfin’s Hasabe (My Worries) album; around the release of the album Egon traveled with Madlib to Denver to produce a special Madlib Medicine Show event around the release of the album, and Mesfin performed live.
Vice’s Noisey documented the proceedings and caught up with Egon, Madlib and Mesfin as they met, discussed and celebrated music. Watch it below.
Ayalew Mesfin is among the legends of the 1970s Ethiopian musical scene – his music is some of the funkiest to arise from this unconquerable East African nation. Ayalew was forced underground by the Derg regime that took control of the country in 1974. Now, over 40 years later, his triumphant return – and the first time that his music has been presented in album form – gives us a chance to discover a rare & beautiful moment in music history.
Read more about this important release here. And watch a short film that introduces you to Ayalew’s story and his music: