Hailu Mergia

+ support: Ben Bertrand

Balzaal - Elektronica, Concert

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Online presale ends at 5pm, tickets are still available at the doors tonight.


 Ethio-jazz legend presents long-expected comeback album


Hailu Mergia

Many times we enjoyed telling this amazing story: It is about the triumphant return to the music biz of the leading performers of an East African country - an instrumentalist who was forced into exile by a dictatorial regime hostile to the arts and ended up driving cabs for almost 30 years.

Early in 2018, Hailu Mergia's amazing account is finally coming full circle: After the blogger, DJ and label owner Brian Shimkovitz had tracked down Mergia in DC (by far the biggest Ethiopian community outside of the motherland), he released three fantastic reissues of the keyboardist's older materials. The maestro started to perform publicly again late in 2013 with sold out venues and amazed fans over three continents. Now Awesome Tapes From Africa, Shimkovitz' imprint, will release 'Lala Belu', Mergia's long-expected comeback album of all new music.

To celebrate this amazing achievement, Mergia will be on the road again, backed by the America's leading Ethiopian bassist Alem Kebede and the longtime drummer of reggae legends Culture, Ken Joseph, to present more elegant excursions in ethio-jazz.


Ben Bertrand

Ben Bertrand is a belgian bass clarinetist and composer. By means of electronics and loops, he transforms the natural sound of his instrument to create an hypnotic musical object. For his first EP ‘Era/Area’ (Off Records), he arranged themes drawn from a wide range of places and ages, from a pygmy song to a Gavin Bryars's piece. Bertrand has played in such venues as KERK (Gent), Le Guess Who? (Utrecht), World Minimal Music Festival (Amsterdam), Ancienne Belgique (Brussels) and Les Ateliers Claus (Brussels). His first LP ‘NGC1999’ (Les Albums Claus), dedicated to the nebula NGC1999, will be released in May 2018.

Additional information

wo 30.05 - 20:00 Balzaal
€18 / 15 (vvk)
jazz / electronica



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