Hailu Mergia and Low Mentality in DC’s Atlas District – 11/22

Saturday November 22

Hailu Mergia and Low Mentality
with Dj Crown Vic’s “Weird World”
7PM Opening Reception with food from Ethiopic Restaurant
8PM Showtime
9:30PM After show reception and meet-and-greet with Hailu Mergia and the band

at Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St, NW, Washington, DC 20002

Hailu insideBeloved Ethiopian musician and superstar Hailu Mergia, featuring Low Mentality, continues to enjoy a revival of his career entertaining old and new fans. Before the Concert: Electric Cowbell Record’s label head spins all vinyl selections of eclectic, modern and vintage world music. Hailu Mergia was a star of Ethiopian music in the 1970s as a member of the Walias Band, which had worked its way to the top of the Addis Ababa club circuit. In 1981, when Ethiopia was ruled by a brutal military dictatorship, the Walias Band came to perform in the United States, and Mr. Mergia and some of the other band members stayed, settling among the many Ethiopian immigrants in Washington. Awesome Tapes from Africa recently released long-anticipated re-release of “Tche Belew,” Hailu Mergia and the Walias’ 1977 instrumental jazz and groove recording set against the backdrop of post-revolution Ethiopia. Following Mergia’s Shemonmuanaye/Classical Instrument reissue last year, the keyboardist and accordion player has been visiting stages across Europe and North America to much critical acclaim. “Tche Belew” was a groundbreaking recording and the LP became collectible for so many reasons but overall it is just an astounding merger of Ethiopian songs, elegant contemporary arrangements and “western” instrumentation. Completely sublime music from one of the seminal bands of a funk-laced era of Ethiojazz and soul.

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