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Hailu Mergia (ET)

Huset-KBH , København K

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The life of Hailu Mergia is the story of an incredible comeback: The Ethio jazz legend was forced into exile by the dictatorial regime in Ethiopia who was hostile to the music and ended up driving cabs for almost 30 years.

Now, Hailu Mergia's amazing account is finally coming full circle: After the blogger, DJ and label owner Brian Shimkovitz had tracked down Mergia in Washington DC (by far the biggest Ethiopian community outside of the motherland), he brought out three fantastic reissues of the keyboardist's older materials. The maestro started to perform publicly again late in 2013 with sold out venues and amazed fans over three continents. Now Awesome Tapes From Africa, Shimkovitz' imprint, is releasing "Lala Belu", Mergia's long-expected comeback album of all new music. The album has received amazing reviews by Pitchfork, The Guardian and All About Jazz.

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Line up:
  • Hailu Mergia - elektric piano, organ, melodica, accordion, vocals
  • Fasil Wuhib - electric bass
  • Kenneth Courtney Joseph - drums

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