Hailu Mergia, Gum Gum, 2017

Hailu Mergia's first release in more than 15 years couldn't be anywhere else than on Awesome Tapes From Africa, the label that has previously released 3 of his vintage titles. This time its a new body of work, with a new band and although Mergia has spent much of his life since the 80's as a taxi driver in Washington DC the sound still has that distinctive Ethiopian flavour.