This photo is courtesy of Hailu Mergia
Lala Belu represents the revive of Hailu Mergia, who hasn’t produced a solo album for nearly 30 years, and the echoes of that previous album; Tche Belew still resonate with this one. The accordion’s settling nostalgic feel is again carried through into this album, especially in long slow burning track ‘Titzita’.
Hailu first reached acclaim as one of the eight members from the infamous group; Walias Band. A group who enjoyed their best years in the late 1970s during Ethiopia’s golden years, releasing a series of organic jazz, soul albums, which rose them to fame in Ethiopia.
Now, with the backing of Brian Shimkovtiv’s movement; ‘Awesome tape from Africa’ the keyboardist and accordion player ‘Hailu Mergia’ at the age of 72, is back with this wicked stand out release from March.
Have a listen below and support the artist: