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 | email@example.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.