Hailu Mergia - Lala Belu

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Lala Belu is a solo studio album by Ethiopian jazz and funk musician Hailu Mergia, released in February 2018 via Awesome Tapes From Africa.

Hailu Mergia is an Ethiopian synthesiser and organ player who was a member of the Ethiopian jazz and funk band Walias Band.

Capping several successful years traveling the world performing to audiences big and small, Hailu Mergia's Lala Belu has been a long time coming.

Lala Belu builds on Mergia's remarkable career resurgence over the past few years. Beginning in 2013 with the reissue of his dreamy Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument followed by the enormous success of his seminal Ethio-jazz masterpiece Tche Belew and continuing with last year's widely acclaimed Wede Harer Guzo, Mergia has received considerable accolades from listeners and press globally, including The New York Times, Pitchfork and The Wire.

His old recordings are cherished revelations for Ethiopian music fans; however, Mergia's return to the stage has been just as inspiring and electrifying. Mergia's vintage recordings are known for an inherently mysterious and worn-in quality, while his new recordings echo his band's 21st century live show with modern instrumental interpretations of crucial Ethiopian standards and Mergia's own original compositions.

Tony Buck (drums) and Mike Majkowski (bass), who have backed Mergia on tour throughout Europe and Australia, form the bass-drums trio on the recording. Having played venues from Radio City Music Hall and the Kennedy Center to jazz festivals, rock clubs and DIY spaces all over North America, Europe and Australia, Mergia and Awesome Tapes From Africa want to document this moment in his landmark career with a snapshot of Mergia's current sound.

Since he emigrated from Ethiopia and built a life in Washington, D.C. around 1981-where he remains working as an airport taxi driver when he is not on tour-Mergia's career has followed a humble trajectory. He made a few recordings in America but they didn't easily reach fans back home. He kept making music on his own and with friends but after the early 80's his gigs in the U.S. mostly dried up.

It wasn't until he began working with Awesome Tapes From Africa and putting together bands with the help of booking agents and musicians in Europe and the U.S., that he was able to chart a new path.

With a broad audience of young listeners in diverse venues and distant locales, at age 71, Mergia is enjoying his comeback and is not slowing down.

This album is on black vinyl, pressed in the US via Awesome Tapes From Africa.








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አዲስ ናት = Addis Nat



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አንቺሆየው ለኔ = Anchi Hoye Lene



ላላ በሉ = Lala Belu



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SKU 616892557241
Record Label Awesome Tapes From Africa
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number ATFA028LP
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 09 March 2018
Original Release Date (Year) 23 February 2018
Barcode # 616892557241
Shipping Weight 0.2700kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre World & Reggae

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