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hailu mergia

Yene Mircha

awesome tapes from africa


Released: 27th Mar 2020


lp + download

Released: 27th Mar 2020


Listening to this record is like twisting the shutters open on a gleefully golden day - Hailu Mergia has somehow bottled that fresh feeling & distilled it into a musical concoction for us to gratefully sip upon.

mergia's new album ‘yene mircha' (‘my choice’ in amharic) encapsulates many of the things that make the keyboardist, accordionist and composer-arranger remarkable—elements that have persisted to maintain his vitality all these years, through the ebb and flow of his career. This record calcifies mergia's prolific stream of creativity and his philosophy that there is a multitude of ethiopian musical approaches, not just one sound. FFO: Mulatu Astatke, Marumo, moges habte, alemseged kebedem. “Bright, colorful and vibrant, it doesn't sound like the work of a 74 year old, but it does carry a level of depth and experience that reveals how veteran Hailu and his collaborators really are.” - Test Pressing

Yene Mircha


  1. Semen Ena Debub 06:02
  2. Yene Mircha 04:42
  3. Bayne Lay Yihedal 05:10
  4. Abichu Nega Nega 05:41
  5. Yene Abeba 06:35
  6. Shemendefer 06:27