Yes, today’s Free at Noon with Hailu Mergia may have gotten off to a late start while some equipment errors were sorted out. But oh, was the wait worth it.
The Ethiopian jazz and funk artist is something of a living legend — in Ethiopia, that is. Until recently, the visionary musician was hardly known outside of his native country, and leads a relatively anonymous life as a cab driver in Washington, D.C., where he’s lived since the 80s. Now, Mergia has stepped back into the public eye with the release of his first new album in 15 years, Lala Belu. Continue reading →