Teshome Wolde & Dahlak Band

Teshome Wolde and Dahlak Band

Now’s as good a time as any to make sure you have “immersing myself in the music of Teshome Wolde” on your musical bucket list for the summer this year. Get started with this insanely good tape from one of my fave labels Marathon Music Shop. #timelessguragignaoldies

Teshome Wolde is a Gurage singer who worked with Roha Band, Dahlak Band (a group that featured Hailu Mergia) and others. As usual, YouTube holds the key to a spectrum of guragigna music videos and songs. When you finish basking in Teshome Wolde’s diverse catalog, take a broader look at this rarely-discussed-outside-Ethiopia zone of neo-folk music. It swings hard like it some kind of 1950s soda fountain rockabilly band with this four-on-the-floor vibe against hand claps and hypnotic repetitions. Throw in some deeply soulful vocalists and gurage music is really something to shout about.

Further info about Teshome Wolde and link to buy a more recent record.


Side A

Track 1

Track 2

Track 3

Track 4

Track 5


Side B

Track 6

Track 7

Track 8

Track 9

Track 10


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

June 17, 2014 at 12:16 pm

great music. thanks again!

June 18, 2014 at 4:22 pm

is track 5 cut off in the middle?

June 22, 2014 at 9:12 pm

I can’t get enough of the first track – thanks for sharing this!

June 24, 2014 at 4:37 am

Is there a proper tracklisting for this tape? Also, what year was this tape? Any idea?

June 28, 2014 at 10:35 am

That’s excellent !

June 28, 2014 at 4:25 pm

i like this…great thanks

July 30, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Track 7 is so good! Perfect music for open windows and sunshine!

August 11, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Wow, this album is amazing. Listening to track 8 as I download entire set. I’ve got to burn this on to CD so I can play in my car, sounds like serious cruising music on a hot summer day! Thank you for posting this as well as all your other gems. Really unique music site, I love it.

September 19, 2014 at 6:38 pm

please reissue this one!!!

Metrin Slerbareply
October 16, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Download for track 9 not working.

Just found this site today, awesome indeed!

Brian Shimkovitzreply
October 24, 2014 at 6:47 pm
– In reply to: Metrin Slerba

hmm seems to work for me. try again?

November 1, 2014 at 5:28 am

This album is amazing! Thanks for sharing!

November 15, 2014 at 11:20 am

I may be wrong but, isn’t track 9 the same as track 8? if so was this a mistake when uploading the tape or did it come like this?

Ethio Jazzreply
December 1, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Thank you for the upload! Just to clarify, Hailu Mergia was never a member of the Dahlak Band (nor ever featured). He did however, release a cassette (“Wede Harar Guzo”) in the late 1970s with the Dahlak Band backing him.

May 21, 2015 at 5:02 pm

Thank you for sharing this! Tracks 8 and 9 are identical though.

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September 21, 2015 at 11:47 pm

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November 9, 2015 at 4:27 pm

Grack 2 is major league awesome.

Sheba Soundreply
June 14, 2016 at 5:10 pm

Cheers for putting some gurage beats up…here’s a link to some traditional (sabat bet) gurage sounds recorded in Welkite in Ethiopia a couple of years ago… http://shebasound.com/2016/01/gurage-sabat-bet-extended-dub-mix/

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July 12, 2016 at 11:34 pm

[…] origin) sent me his only copy of this cassette-only release from 1978, Wede Harer Guzo. I knew of Dahlak Band but I didn’t know he recorded with them. The soulful, smokey reinterpretations of seminal […]

August 6, 2016 at 3:38 am

Hailu mergia has another cassete record oldes music ZERAFE title pls put on market cd .thanks for your company we get this music soon.

August 30, 2016 at 1:15 am

This is expected to release on VINYL? Fantastic sounding!

October 8, 2016 at 11:46 pm

5. track incomplete, 8.-9. tracks same. It’s not good this wa, in turn great music. Should be improved! Thanks

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May 29, 2020 at 2:49 pm

Hi, I would love to purchase a physical official copy of this album on cassette. Is this even possible? A friend of mine is a huge fan and I need this. Can you potentially direct me to where I can purchase an official pressing of this?

March 26, 2021 at 11:37 am

I would be happy if Hailu Mergia’s album “Yewodeke Abebe is released again.

Brian Shimkovitzreply
March 31, 2021 at 10:21 pm
– In reply to: Gedefaw

not sure I know that one, do you remember what the cover looks like?

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