Hailu Mergia Blazes New Terrain on Yene Mircha, His Triumphant Return to Full Band Recording

On the self-produced Yene Mircha, Ethiopian jazz legend Hailu Mergia is joined by two other stalwarts of the post-revolution ‘70s music scene: traditional vocalist Tsehay Kassa and saxophonist Moges Habte, a cornerstone of the Walias band horn section. “The idea is to bring back the influence of the ‘70s sound and mix that with the new sound,” says Mergia. “I think that’s what I’m working with . . .

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