Flat $5 Shipping on Any Order!

      No products in the cart.

Torn Light Records
356 Ludlow Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45220
513-873-6995

Monday - Saturday
11:00AM - 07:00PM

Sunday
CLOSED

Hailu Mergia – Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanaye

Only 1 left in stock

$21.00

Hailu Mergia is a one-man band. In 1985 master accordionist and veteran bandleader/arranger/keyboardist released the Hailu Mergia and His Classical Instrument cassette. In a nostalgic effort to bring back the vintage accordion sound of his youth, Mergia gave Ethiopian music a sonic makeover. Mergia was already celebrated for his work with the groundbreaking, industry-shifting Addis Ababa ethio-jazz and funk outfit the Walias Band, he pressed forward using new tools to retool the popular sounds of the past. Adding a Moog synthesizer, Rhodes electric piano and rhythm machine, to the rich harmonic layering of his accordion, he created elegantly arranged, hauntingly psychedelic instrumentals. These songs draw from famous traditional and modern Ethiopian songs, as Mergia brilliantly matches Amhara, Tigrinya and Oromo melodies to otherworldly flavors soaked in jazz and blues, synthesizing a lush, futuristic landscape. He balances Ethiopian music’s signature melodic shape with beautiful analog synth touches floating upon clouds of hypnotically minimal rhythm tracks.

Genre

Categories
Stock Level Only 1 left in stock
SKU210000024131