Hailu Mergia Vinyl, CD & tapes by Hailu Mergia at Norman Records

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Hailu Mergia
Yene Mircha

Hailu Mergia is an Ethiopian musician who has 6 decades of music making behind him. Starting out in Addis Ababa in the ‘60s, and into the ‘70s with Walias Band, he eventually moved to the US, where a musically fallow period was filled as a taxi driver. His 2018 album Lala Belu saw him reach new audiences, bringing the sound of Ethiopia to the West. Now he returns with Yene Mircha. He uses a whole host of Ethiopian musicians from his past and present, and at 74 shows no sign of his creativity waning.
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Hailu Mergia
Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanaye

Hailu Mergia’s career was reignited by the 2013 Awesome Tapes From Africa reissue of his LP Hailu Mergia And His Classical Instrument (Shemonmuanaye). The Ethiopian jazz mainstay had made this record in the mid-1980’s with a few keyboards, a drum machine and most importantly an accordion. A hit in his homeland, Mergia saw little of the album’s success - he was living, and still lives, in the U.S.A. when Shemonmuanaye was released. However, the response to ATFA’s re-release of the LP has been so big that Mergia is now back touring and recording new music again (see his excellent 2017 LP Lala Belu). You’ll not hear much like Shemonmuanaye, mind - the combination of pitter-patter drums, jazz-funk keys and slippery accordion is highly unusual and very charming.
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Hailu Mergia & The Walias
Tche Belew

This long-lost LP of cross-cultural soul-funk-infused Ethio-jazz instrumentals from 1977 is considered one of the most important recordings of the aftermath of the 1974 revolution. The Walias were formed in the early '70s in Addis Ababa by keyboardist and arranger Hailu Mergia, cutting a series of 45s with various singers as well as this entirely instrumental LP, one song of which was removed by government censors. Thanks in no small part to the iconic track 'Musicawi Silt', original copies have been changing hands for literally thousands of pounds, so it's great that Awesome Tapes From Africa are finally making these iconic recordings available to the more casual collector.
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Hailu Mergia
Yegojam Marnesh / Yegle Nesh

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Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band
Wede Harer Guzo

Hailu Mergia recorded Wede Harer Guzo with his Dahlak Band in Addis Ababa in 1978, during breaks from spreading wonderful party dancing among the hotels and clubs of the city. This is the very first time these recordings have been made commercially available outside of Ethiopia: celebrate! On Awesome Tapes From Africa.
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Hailu Mergia
Lala Belu

This is Hailu Mergia’s first LP since the upswing in interest in his music over the past half-decade. The revival is down in large part to the re-release job Awesome Tapes From Africa have done on some of his old records, and as such it’s fitting that Lala Belu should surface on the label. Backed by Tony Buck and Mike Majkowski, the music of Lala Belu is a knotted, swaying hybrid of American and Ethiopian jazz stylings.

Hailu Mergia
Hailu / Yegle Nesh

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Hailu Mergia
Musicawi Silt / Tche Belew

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