Ethiopian Jazz & Funk Pioneer: Hailu Mergia

Wednesday 20th May 2020

8:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Dining from 7pm
  • Performance starts at 8pm
  • Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Meze Menu served until 9:30pm

The Guardian - Hailu Mergia: the Ethiopian jazz legend who jams in his taxi


The New York Times - An African Funk Pioneer Gets a Second Chance on a Global Stage


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The story of Hailu Mergia is one of survival and a late justice for years spent in exile: The maestro, once the leader of 1970s Addis Ababa's favourite dance band Walias, emigrated to the US after the Mengistu regime came into political power at home in Ethiopia. After running several businesses he ended up driving a cab at Washington's Dulles Airport, while still practising his keyboard chops on the back seat of his vehicle while downtimes.

In 2013 Hailu returned to the live music circuit after the blogger-turned-label-owner Brian Shimkovitz of Awesome Tapes From Africa had found him to reissue his 1986 unusual, multi-tracked solo effort "His Classical Instrument"

Helming a trio with a badass rhythm section, he 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. In March Lala Belu's successor Yene Mircha will hit the streets and easily prove that, at 73, this seasoned musician has still a few amazing tricks up his sleeve


Listen to "Lala Belu"
Listen to "Yena Mircha"

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Ethiopian Jazz & Funk Pioneer: Hailu Mergia

£14.00

£18.00

£16.00

Total £00.00

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  • You can request to be seated in Dizzy (raked theatre), Duke (side wall), Monk or Bird (bar stools), Billie (front of stage) or Mingus (near piano) and we will do our best to allocate you to your chosen seats. (Though we can guarantee that you will have a table, we cannot guarantee exactly where, as we do our best to fulfill all customers requirements) Please email bookings@peggysskylight.co.uk
  • Each of these seats is at a table or bar where you can order food and drink with table service. Please note that these tickets are only for those wishing to dine (food is purchased separately)

DINING (Ella/Satchmo) ticket

  • These tickets are for seating in Ella or Satchmo, which are by the windows (please see floor plan). Please note, a few of these seats are restricted view.
  • We will do our best to allocate you to your chosen seats on a first come, first served basis. (Though we can guarantee that you will have a table, we cannot guarantee exactly where, as we do our best to fulfill all customers requirements)
  • Each of these seats is at a table or bar where you can order food and drink with table service. Please note that these tickets are only for those wishing to dine (food is purchased separately)


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