Hailu Mergia

October 27, 2017 8:00 PM

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ADVANCED: $12.00
DAY OF: $15.00

ADVANCED Public Onsale: July 27, 2017 12:03 PM to October 27, 2017 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: October 27, 2017 12:01 AM to October 27, 2017 7:00 PM
Hailu Mergia was a major star in the 1970s Ethiopian jazz scene, presiding over the country's leading instrumental ensemble Walias Band, which worked restlessly on the Addis Ababa hotel circuit and jamming with luminaries like Duke Ellington and Manu Dibango. In 1981 a good part of Walias including Hailu used the first ever US tour of an Ethiopian music group to escape the dictatorial Mengistu regime. Since then Hailu has been a resident of the Washington DC area, spending most of his recent years as a cab driver at the capital's Dulles Airport and playing only privately. Read more of Hailu's story here:

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