Future Classic: Hailu Mergia -Yegle Nesh / Hailu

Yegle Nesh / Hailu by Hailu Mergia

Our first few post of 2016 have seen us tracking back on songs that emerged last year and as often happens slipped through the cracks. Here’s another stellar release we missed that dropped last summer. Exactly 30 years have passed since the last time any of Hailu Mergia‘s original material was released. In the past few years, the reissues of his old recordings have brought him back to the scene allowing a wider audience to discover his great music. The combination of Ethiopian roots and western influences give his music a unique touch, which is again the strength and charm of these two new tracks released on this 7 for Philophon. A wave of elegant melodies will hit your ears while your body won’t be able to help but be driven insane by the funky polyrhythmic beats. The songs were recorded in Berlin at Philophon’s studio, run by the German drummer and producer Max Weissenfeldt (Poets of Rhythm, Whitefield Brothers, and also known for his collaborations with Dan Auerbach and Dr. John). This 45rpm gem perfectly reflects the aim of the label; to put on vinyl something precious that will make you forget time and space and leave you alone with what really matters: awesome music. Grab it HERE and enjoy some Ethio-jazz goodness courtesy of Hailu Mergia below.

CF Smith

Write for Music Is My Sanctuary & Stereofox.

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