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12-21 November 2021

Hailu Mergia

Ian G. C. White

Hailu Mergia

Mon 15 November 2021

Stage time / 8:00pm

Doors / 7:00pm

Book Tickets


LONDON Jazz Cafe,
5 Parkway



The keyboard and accordion virtuoso Hailu Mergia returns to London.

Arguably the greatest of Brian Shimkovitz’s A&R discoveries for his label Awesome Tapes From Africa, Hailu started out playing keys for iconic Ethiopian group Walias Band, whose 1977 recording “Muziqawi Silt” is a defining piece of the country’s musical history, before going on to work with legendary Ethio jazz vibraphonist Mulatu Astatke.

His second album Yene Mircha, released in April 2020, was a welcoming balm in the early days of the pandemic, with The Guardian commenting that it sees Mergia on “a sonically adventurous path” with his unmistakeable right hand melody at the fore.

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