Sounds Of Hopscotch 2018: Hailu Mergia

Of all the festivals that exist across the US of A, Hopscotch has to be one of the best. This gem of a festival has a great location (downtown Raleigh), and benefits from seriously strong curation year after year. I've had a great time whenever I've been, and if you're heading down this year you're in for a ton of treats. I've got some suggestions for you, and I hope you'll check these folks out regardless of whether you'll be Hopscotch-ing or not.

The sounds Hailu Mergia makes are pretty out of this world. His "Ethio-jazz" is chaotic and intricate, and it's also incredibly magnetic. You never know what direction any given song is going to take, and that's a wonderful thing. This DC-based visionary has been in the music world for a long time, and hopefully he keeps going ad infinitum.

[posted 9.9.18]


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