Raised in Minas Gerais, the singer, composer, and co-founder of the Clube da Esquina in Belo Horizonte helped invent sophisticated Brazilian Popular Music (MPB), while being nurtured by the best international musicians, with Wayne Shorter at the top of the list.
From being a major musician in swinging Addis Ababa to a taxi driver in Washington DC, Hailu Mergia has seen many changes after settling in American in 1981. Reissued by the label Awesome Tapes From Africa, Hailu Mergia has this year released a new album, Lala Belu, 30 years after his first ethio-jazz adventures.
Everybody loves Milton Nascimento. From Björk to Tortoise and his compatriots Marco Valle, Chico Buarque, Airto Moreira and many others. His music is frequently sung by great artists.
The crackling image of this music video in black and white sticks to the music of Orquesta Akokan: authentic because it refers to the Cuban mambo of the 50s.