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Shemonmuanaye – Hailu Mergia (2xLP)

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Current price $50.00
Condition: Brand New
Ships from: Melbourne


Halu Mergia is a one-man band. In 1985, the master accordionist and veteran bandleader/arranger/keyboardist released the cassette ,,Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument". Full of nostalgia for the old accordion sound of his youth, Mergia gave Ethiopian music a new face.

Already celebrated for the pioneering ethio-jazz of Addis Ababa's funk band Walias Band, Mergia perfected contemporary techniques to polish up the sound of yesteryear. A Moog synthesiser, a Rhodes electric organ and a drum machine made the harmonic sound of his accordion even richer; Mergia created elegantly arranged, ghostly psychedelic instrumentals. The songs were based on traditional and modern Ethiopian songs, in which Mergia fantastically blended Amhara, Tigrinya and Oromo melodies with flavours from around the world, jazz and blues, creating a lush, futuristic soundscape. Mergia balanced the melodic form of Ethiopian music with analogue synth elements entwined around minimal rhythm tracks.

Release details

Artist: Hailu Mergia
Label: Awesome Tapes From Africa
Format: LP
Units: 2
Country: US
Style: African


A1 Shemonmuanaye
A2 Sewnetuwa
B1 Laloye
B2 Wegene
B3 Hari Meru Meru
C1 Amrew Demkew
C2 Anchin Alay Alegn
C3 Ambasel
D1 Hebo Lale
D2 Belew Beduby
D3 Shilela