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Hailu Mergia
Friday September 27, 2019
8:15 PM
Hailu Mergia
© Joseph Diongre (1940) Philippe Samyn (arch.) Andrés Fernándes Marcos (ph.)

Contact information
Address Place Sainte Croix
1050 Brussels (Ixelles)
Phone +32 (0)2 641 10 20
Web site Dedicated website
Web site Dedicated website
(jazz events)
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Hailu Mergia, keyboard, organ, melodica, accordeon, vocal
Alemseged Kebede-Anissa, bass
Kenneth Courtney Joseph, drums

Talking about a comeback! As leader of the Walias Band back in the 1970s the Ethiopian keyboard player Hailu Mergia was one of the great folk heroes of his country. But after moving to Washington D.C. in the 1980s, he worked as a taxi driver and only got to make music on a keyboard in a glove factory between jobs. Fortunately, the Awesome Tapes from Africa label rediscovered his old recordings a few years back, and since then the 72-year-old jazz musician has been making an impressive comeback all over the world!

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