Capping several successful years traveling the world performing to audiences big and small, Hailu Mergia will release his first new album in over fifteen years, Lala Belu. Lala Belu has been a long time coming and builds on Mergia’s remarkable career as his Ethio-jazz masterpiece Tche Belew and continuing with last year’s widely acclaimed Wede Harer Guzo. Mergia has received considerable accolades from listeners and press globally, including The New York Times, Pitchfork and The Wire. His old recordings are cherished revelations for Ethiopian music fans; however, Mergia’s return to the stage has been just as inspiring and electrifying.
Mergia has a strong awareness of how much has changed for him since his last work, released in 2003: “I am extremely excited. All of it feels like a big comeback. A different kind of audience, playing with a different kind of band and working with a different kind of record technology.” With a broad audience of young listeners in diverse venues and distant locales, at age seventy one, Mergia is enjoying his comeback and is not slowing down.
Hailu Mergia | Electric piano, organ, accordion, Lead Voice, Alemseged Kebede-Anissa | bass, Kenneth Courtney Joseph | drums
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