Hailu Mergia and Low Mentality


Former Walias Band leader Hailu Mergia, an Ethiopian keyboardist whose 1985 solo album was one of the year’s more significant international reissues, has begun to perform again a decade after moving to Washington DC, where he drives a cab for a living. Here he tops a top-notch all-night showcase, a co-presentation of the Barbès and Electric Cowbell labels, that includes Mali ngoni master Cheick Hamala Diabate and the band Feedel, which is led by another Walias Band alum, saxophonist Moges Habte. With Elikeh, La Mecanica Popular, Slavic Soul Party, La Sabrosa Sabrosura, Pitchblak Brass Band.

Sat., Jan. 11, 8 p.m., 2014