Event Date and time: Tuesday 23rd May, 2017 | 19:00 – 23:00

Venue details: The Jazz Cafe | 5 Parkway,Camden | London NW1 7PG

Organisers: The Jazz Cafe | info@thejazzcafelondon.com

Event website: Hailu Mergia (Awesome Tapes From Africa) 

Event cost: £12/£14

The keyboard and accordion maestro Hailu Mergia is arguably the greatest of Brian Shimkovitz’s A&R discoveries out of Africa.

He started out playing keys for iconic Ethiopian group Walias Band, whose 1977 recording “Muziqawi Silt” is a defining piece of the country’s musical history, before going on to work with legendary Ethio jazz vibraphonist Mulatu Astatke.

Mergia himself is a purveyor of Ethiopian pop for want of a better description, his virtuosity at the accordion a sight to behold.

Joining him for this show which commemorates The Wire’s 400th print issue is world music DJ Philou Louzolo.

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