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hailu mergia

Lala Belu

awesome tapes from africa


Released: 23rd Feb 2018


LP + download

Released: 23rd Feb 2018


the legendary Ethio-jazz musician delivers a gorgeous slab of sublime keyboard refrains and uplifting accordion melodies built on ancient scales and standards. It wasn’t until he began working with Awesome Tapes From Africa and putting together bands with the help of booking agents and musicians in Europe and the U.S. that he was able to chart a new path. With a broad audience of young listeners in diverse venues and distant locales, at age 71, Mergia is enjoying his comeback and is not slowing down. fans of Ethiopian jazz should also check out mulatu astatke and Ernesto chahoud’s astonishing ‘soul-fuelled stompers’ comp. “The Ethiopian keyboard maestro’s first new album in two decades radically updates a style that already sounded like the future” 8/10 – pitchfork.

Lala Belu


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