Hailu Mergia & The Walias

Good morning. Today we’re listening to Hailu Mergia, an Ethiopian keyboardist and accordionist. This is our second time recommending him. In the ‘70s, Mergia co-founded The Walias, a band that broke new ground in the Addis Ababa scene by incorporating funk influences, opening their own recording studio, and touring abroad. They recorded many instrumental albums which until recently were difficult to access. Their instrumental LP from 1975,

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