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Hailu Mergia

In 1977, Hailu Mergia and his band the Walias released Tche Belew, an album of polyrhythmic, funky instrumentals that laid bare the turmoil and political unrest of the times over two groove-driven jazz sides. At the time, instrumental albums were uncommon, but despite the absence of lyrics, it was still censored, with Derg officials demanding […]