After further digging, I ran into another song of his, "Musicawi Silt", that the Daktaris covered a few years back, Totally figures (mumble mumble, those Daptone affiliated eggheads). It's a great song, so we're two for two, but that's when it's the Pyramids on Bandstand all over again. In other words, deflating. A later Mergia cut revealed a sound steeped in low budget synth. Still confounding, but yikes!
~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~Listen:
Hailu Mergia and the Walias - Tche Belew (streaming) at Awesome Tapes From Africa
Hailu Mergia and the Walias - Musicawi Silt mp3 at Mixtape Riot Go there to get it.
Hailu Megia - Shillela mp3 at Ethiopian Review
The Daktaris - Musicawa Silt (streaming) at YouTube
The Daktaris - Super Afro Beat mp3 at ATumblr (?)