WMI & (Le) Poisson Rouge Present Mahmoud Ahmed W/ Hailu Mergia @ The Town Hall, New York [15 September]

WMI & (Le) Poisson Rouge Present Mahmoud Ahmed W/ Hailu Mergia


24
15
September
19:00

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The Town Hall
123 W 43rd St, New York, New York 10036
This concert is a rare opportunity to see two of Ethiopias legendary musicians perform in one night. Both Mahmoud Ahmed and Hailu Mergia were introduced more widely to Western audiences by the Éthiopiques compilation series which has been instrumental in highlighting the most influential artists from Ethiopia over the past 20 years. For over 40 years, Mahmoud Ahmed has deftly combined the traditional Amharic music of Ethiopia with pop and jazz. As with the late great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, until one has heard Ahmed's incredible voice, words hardly do it justice. Opening is Hailu Mergia, the leader of the Walias Band, one of Ethiopias most celebrated jazz/funk bands in the 1970s, [who also recorded with the father of Ethio-Jazz, Mulatu Astatke.] In 1981 they went on tour in the US, opening up for none other than Mahmoud Ahmed. The band fizzled and Hailu stayed in Washington D.C. falling into obscurity

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