HAILU MERGIA was a major star in 1970s Ethiopia, presiding over the country's leading instrumental ensemble, Walias Band, which worked restlessly on the Addis Ababa hotel circuit and playing with luminaries like Duke Ellington and Manu Dibango. In 1981, a good part of Walias, including Hailu, used the first-ever US tour of an Ethiopian music group to escape the dictatorial Mengistu regime. Mergia stayed in the US and made acclaimed albums merging the sounds of his youth with modern technology - making for striking, unusual results.

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hailumergia.bandcamp.com

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