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  • blog January 8, 2014

    Hailu Mergia Short Documentary

    It’s a story that we’ve told a couple of times this year, but it’s one well worth telling again. Hailu Mergia was sensation on the piano and organ with the legendary Walias Band some 30 years ago as they worked … Read more »

  • interview December 6, 2013

    ATFA’s Brian Shimkovitz on Ghana, Synthesizers, Hailu Mergia, and More Synthesizers

    The research for our “Afro-Tech” program relied heavily on the invaluable aid of a dedicated group of researchers. In the face of often overwhelming skepticism, they spent literally innumerable hours digging through the detritus of the 1980s in search of audio gold. Particularly useful … Read more »

  • blog December 2, 2013

    Featured Artists: Afro-Tech

      Want to know more about the music played in the “Afro-Tech” program? Here is a list of featured artists–and a great jumping off point for further exploration! West Africa Kris Okotie Kris Okotie is currently one of the foremost … Read more »

  • blog November 20, 2013

    Black Ink

    Black Ink (available from Westdrum Records) opens with a few staccato bursts before introducing a funky, unmistakably Ethiopian groove and the soulful, supremely confident singing of Minyeshu. Minyeshu was born in the city of Dire Dawa, a city founded with … Read more »

  • blog August 28, 2013

    Jano unleashes Ethio-Metal

    Now, we hate to add another genre to our already lengthy list as much as the next music website, but every once in a while, a sound rolls across our speakers that calls out for it. Jano, a young ten-piece … Read more »

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