Hailu Mergia. The man is such a joy to work with, to be perfectly honest and earnest. His work is inspiring to me, but also his attitude. He knows what he’s about and he makes his way through the world in a confident but unassuming manner. And he absolutely gives it his all onstage, all over the world, all the time, most likely every time.
The past two years Hailu Mergia pranced across the global from festival to club to theater, performing songs from his Lala Belu album, which blew up throughout 2018. It was this first new album in over a decade.
Now he is already releasing his next new recording, Yene Mircha, produced by Mergia this time in DC with his trio there, along with a whole bunch of guests. There are horns and vocals and mesenqo and guitar in the mix. Beautiful cover photo by Ian GC White.
The first track is “Abichu Nega Nega“
1 SEMEN ENA DEBUB
2 YENE MIRCHA
3 BAYNE LAY YIHEDAL
4 ABICHU NEGA NEGA
5 YENE ABEBA
7 DIBIK FIKIR (CD ONLY BONUS TRACK)