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The Return of Ethiopian Legend Ayalew Mesfin 

When: Sun., Feb. 11, 7 p.m. 2018
Price: $20-$25

Ayalew Mesfin at Cornerstone

What do you know about ’70s Ethiopian funk? Whether you’re an audiophile or completely new to the conversation doesn’t matter. A legend in the genre, Ayalew Mesfin, is coming to Berkeley — one of only three shows he’s playing in celebration of the reissue of his classic music. Mesfin’s sound is a curious blend of American soul, jazz, traditional Ethiopian music, and Middle Eastern melodies. Back in his heyday, Mesfin was forced underground by his dictatorship government. He’s been off the radar ever since. But record label Now-Again collaborated with record club Vinyl Me, Please to re-release his incredible music — and they brought him to the states to show everyone how to funk properly. The record, Hasabe (My Worries), is a compilation of Mesfin’s songs and the first LP release of his music, as only a couple of his songs have landed on any kind of official release in the past four decades. Expect the show to be a totally new experience as well.
— Aaron Carnes


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