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artist: Artists Hailu Mergia

  • blog July 5, 2016

    Field Report: Hailu Mergia at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn

    The New York-based Anbessa Orchestra opened Friday night’s show (July 1) with their take on golden-age Ethiopian popular music. The septet played the rhythms and melodies of ‘70s Addis Ababa nightclubs with the horn-rich intensity and instrumentation of a contemporary … Read more »

  • review July 5, 2016

    Wede Harer Guzo

    Ethiopian keyboard maestro Hailu Mergia has held on tenaciously to his art and to his skills over the years since his move from Addis Ababa to Washington, D.C. in the ‘80s to escape the dictatorship of the Derg. Luckily for … Read more »

  • contest June 24, 2016

    Ticket Giveaway: Hailu Mergia Show July 1 at Pioneer Works

    Hailu Mergia is one of Ethiopia’s premier accordion, keyboard and synthesizer players. Perhaps best known as the keyboardist of the Walias Band from Addis Ababa, Mergia awed American audiences after his move to the U.S. in the early ’80s to … Read more »

  • program November 5, 2015

    Afro-Tech: Stories of Synths in African Music

    Technology is one of the great drivers of musical change, and often one of its least understood. In this episode, we will explore the synthesizer, looking closely at the history of this ubiquitous (and often debated) piece of musical technology, … Read more »

  • blog July 15, 2015

    Summer Festivals Around the Continent

    Summer concert season is in full swing here in New York and you can look back at our “Summer Concert Selects” for a full list of great shows happening in the area this summer. The rest of our continent has its own … Read more »

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