Harvest Sun Promotions + Future Yard present
We’re overjoyed to be hosting the legendary Hailu Mergia here at Future Yard, along with our friends from Harvest Sun, and in association with Africa Oyé . An innovative accordionist, keyboardist and bandleader, Hailu Mergia rose to prominence in Ethiopia in the 1970s, leading the Walias band in their exploration of hard funk, traditional music and jazz in Ethiopia’s capital. After being forced to emigrate to the US due to regime change in this native Ethiopia, Mergia worked 30+ years as a taxi driver in Washington DC before returning to the live circuit after the label-owner Brian Shimkovitz of Awesome Tapes From Africa found him in order to reissue his 1986 unusual, multi-tracked solo effort His Classical Instrument. Support on the night comes comes from DJ Richie Vegas (Africa Oyé/ Test Match Special).
Tickets on sale now.
Now helming a trio with a badass rhythm section, Mergia has played numberless sold-out clubs shows and appeared at prominent festivals.
It is safe to say that the revitalized interest in Mergia’s laid-back Ethio grooves culminated after he released his comeback album Lala Belu early in 2018: The composer was featured in leading newspapers like the New York Times and The Guardian and played more than 70 shows all across Europe in a timespan of no more than 14 months
He brings his amazing sound and story to Future Yard this November.
Future Yard + Harvest Sun Promotions present
+ DJ Richie Vegas
17th November 2021
75 Argyle Street
Tickets available online in advance or on the door. Future Yard is a cashless venue – all payments are taken by contactless or chip and pin. Live curfew 11pm.