Hailu Mergia

Music, Funk, soul and disco
Hailu Mergia
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The father of Ethiopian-funk and jazz performs live at the Barby this September.

In the 90’s, a year after his immigration to the US, Hailu Mergia recorded a funk-jazz album using a drum machine, Rhodes piano, and 1980’s synthesizer–all of which he assembled alone. The result was music that blended his native Ethiopian style with the faster paced tempo and chords of musical technology. This September, Mergia is bringing his Ethiopian-funk jams to Tel Aviv, in a performance that promises one-of-a-kind music. For an evening of melodies that are at once nostalgic and futuristic, join him at the Barby and prepare to be at a loss for words.

By: Kayla Levy


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