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Hailu Mergia

(Awesome Tapes From Africa, Washington)

The story of Hailu Mergia is one of survival and a late justice for years spent in exile: The maestro, once the leader of 1970es Addis Ababa's favourite dance band Walias, emigrated to the US after the Mengistu regime came into political power at home in Ethiopia. After running several businesses he ended up driving a cab at Washington's Dulles Airport, while still practising his keyboard chops on the back seat of his vehicle while downtimes. In 2013 Hailu returned to the live music circuit after the blogger-turned-label-owner Brian Shimkovitz of Awesome Tapes From Africa had found him to reissue his 1986 unusual, multi-tracked solo effort „His Classical Instrument - "If Cluster had been from Ethiopia instead of Germany, this is probably about what they would have sounded like", wrote Pitchfork, celebrating the album. 

It is safe to say that the revitalized interest in Mergia's laid-back Ethio grooves culminated after he released his comeback album "Lala Belu" early in 2018: The composer was featured in leading newspapers like the New York Times and The Guardian and played more than 70 shows all across Europe in a timespan of no more than 14 months.

In March 2020, "Yene Mircha", Lala Belu's successor hit the streets and proved that this seasoned musician has still a few amazing tricks up his sleeve. 

In concert Hailu Mergia is being backed by America's leading Ethiopian bassist Alem Kebede (right) and the longtime drummer of reggae legends Culture, Ken Joseph (left). 

Booking / Tour

available for summer festivals and in September 2022


08.07. SE Stockholm Fasching in Bloom
09.07. LV Rīga Hanzas Perons
10.07. DK København Jazz Festival
12.07. SE Malmö Sommarscen
14.07. DE Berlin Gretchen
16.07. UK Porthtowan Tropical Pressure
17.07. NL s'Graveland Wonderfeel
19.07. NL Nijmegen Valkhof Festival
20.07. BE Gent Boomtown Festival
22.07. DE Köln Stadtgarten
23.07. FI Helsinki-Lonna Odysseus
24.08. BE Bruxelles Feeërieën
25.08. DK Aarhus Alter Fest
30.08. LT Vilnius Kirtimų
01.09. SE Uppsala Art Museum
02.09. DE Göttingen Jahnstadion
03.09. UK Deal Smugglers Festival
04.09. UK Dorset End of the Road Festival
06.09. UK Birkenhead Future Yard
08.09. UK Glasgow Audio
11.09. UK Manchester Blues Kitchen
12.09. UK London Jazz Café
13.09. UK London Jazz Café