(Awesome Tapes From Africa, Washington)
"I have never attended a better concert" Tagesspiegel (Berlin)
Many times we enjoyed telling this amazing story: It is about the triumphant return to the music biz of one of Ethiopia's leading performers - an instrumentalist who was forced into exile by a dictatorial regime hostile to the arts and ended up driving cabs for almost 30 years.
Early in 2018, Hailu Mergia's amazing account is finally coming full circle: After the blogger, DJ and label owner Brian Shimkovitz had tracked down Mergia in DC, he released 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, Shimokivitz' imprint, will release "Lala Belu", Mergia's long-expected comeback album of all new music.
To celebrate this amazing achievement, Mergia will be on the road again, backed by America's leading Ethiopian bassist Alem Kebede and the longtime drummer of reggae legends Culture, Ken Joseph, to present more elegant excursions in Ethio-Jazz.
on tour in April 2019 - also available for 2019 summer festivals.
05.11. AT Wien Viennale
07.11. IL Tel Aviv Zappa Club
08.11. IT Milano CRT Teatro dell’Arte
09.11. NL Den Haag Korzo
10.11. NL Utrecht Les Guess Who?
11.11. UK Bristol KIN Festival
12.11. UK London Jazzcafé
13.11. UK Manchester Band On The Wall
15.11. UK Leeds Belgrave Music Hall
16.11. UK Glasgow Platform
17.11. PL Gdańsk Festival Jazz Jantar
19.11. IE Dublin The Sugar Club
21.11. DE Berlin Festsaal Kreuzberg
22.11. FR Lyon Opéra de Lyon
23.11. CH Lausanne Le Bourg
24.11. SE Järna Gula Villan
25.11. SE Stockholm Fasching