Posts Tagged ‘Hailu Mergia’

Arts Roundup: Jane Chu Edition

After a far too long delay, President Obama has nominated somebody for the National Endowment for the Arts' top post. His pick: Kansas City's Jane Chu. [Post]
Not every congressman is glued to House of Cards. [Post]
Veep's Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Joe Biden, best pals. [Huffington Post]
Ever heard of The Playgirls? [Post]
The post reviews Hailu Mergia's Millennium [...]

ToDo ToDay: Hailu Mergia, Sharon Jones, and $1 Oysters

In 1985, Hailu Mergia released a spacey solo album, Hailu Mergia and His Classical Instrument, which reinterpreted traditional Ethiopian accordion music. The album never took off in the States, and Mergia settled into a career as a cab driver in the D.C. area. Nearly three decades later, Brian Shimkovitz of the Awesome Tapes from Africa record [...]

Arts Roundup: Silo Edition

Local cabdriver/rock star Hailu Mergia talks music with booker Jim Thomson. [Vinyl District]
An oral history of The Beatles' D.C. invasion [Post]
Hey, it's local native Dave Grohl (and some other famous people) playing The Beatles. Nope, The Beatles stuff ain't stopping anytime soon. [Spin]
Michael Kaiser says: Beware of silos, arts organizations! [Huffington Post]
New Veep trailer, folks. [Huffington Post]
The Washington Post [...]

Watch: Hailu Mergia in Video Form

Before last summer, probably very few Americans knew the name of Hailu Mergia, a keyboardist and accordion player who struggled to revive his successful music career when he moved from Ethiopia to the D.C. area in the 1980s. But not long after Brian Shimkovitz found some of Mergia's old music and reissued it on his [...]

Hailu Mergia Goes On Tour, Gets Remixed

In the 1970s, keyboard player Hailu Mergia performed in one of Ethiopia's best-known jazz/funk ensembles, Walias Band. But after a tour of the United States, Mergia decided to settle down permanently in the D.C. area in 1981, and he (mostly) left his old band behind. Here, he played with another outfit, Zula Band, with some of his [...]

Awesome Tapes From Africa Reissues Songs From Hailu Mergia, Local Cab Driver

Hailu Mergia spends six days a week driving a Washington Flyer cab to and from Dulles Airport. He’s been driving a taxi for more than 10 years. His customers probably don't realize the cabbie was once one of Ethiopia's most popular keys players.
Next week, the blog-turned-record label Awesome Tapes From Africa will reissue an album [...]