hailu mergia & his classical instrument: shemonmuanaye
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a lush, futuristic landscape, balancing ethiopian music's signature pentatonic modes & melodic shape with beautiful analogue synth flair.
in 1985 master accordionist & veteran walias band leader/arranger/keyboardist released the ‘hailu mergia & his classical instrument / shemonmuanaye’ cassette. the tape is a nostalgic effort to bring back the vintage accordion sound of his youth. adding a moog synthesizer, rhodes electric piano & rhythm machine to the harmonic layering of his accordion, he creates hauntingly psychedelic instrumentals. these songs draw from famous traditional & modern ethiopian songs, as hailu matches amhara, tigrinya & oromo melodies to otherworldly flavours soaked in jazz & blues.
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