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HAILU MERGIA with Yonathan's Cultural Show

  • The Cedar Cultural Center 416 Cedar Avenue South Minneapolis, MN, 55454 United States (map)

The Cedar and Walker Art Center Present

HAILU MERGIA with Yonathan's Cultural Show

Friday, October 26, 2018 / Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm

All Ages

$25 General Admission / $20 Walker Members

This is a seated show.  For a Walker member discount ($20), please visit the Walker website.  Tickets are available online, by phone, nd at Walker Art Center, Depth of Field, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows.

Seventy-one and flourishing, the keyboard maestro has radically updated an oeuvre that already sounded like the future, and in doing so, he makes it sound contemporary
— Pitchfork

Hailu Mergia and his band dominated Ethiopia’s nightclub scene, against a backdrop of civil war and revolution in the 1970s. Blending earthy funk with intoxicating Ethio-jazz, they embarked on an early ’80s US tour after which Mergia stayed, fading into obscurity but continuing to compose. Now the global music legend is back for a series of performances spotlighting his unique fusion of lush pentatonic scales, Ethiopian rhythms, and American jazz. His inspiring late-life encore includes songs from his acclaimed new album, Lala Balu. The evening opens with Ethio-jazz/funk by Minnesota’s own Yonathan’s Cultural Show.

Yonathan's Cultural Show

"I grew up in Ethiopia and I've been in Minnesota for 16 years now. I'm inspired by a lot of soul music from around the world, Ethiopian music, Minneapolis funk and other African cultures. "Yonathan's Cultural Show" is something I do to share my view of the cultures that I understand. The instrumentation will be, bass, drums, saxophone, trumpet and guitar. We'll be playing my originals that are more Ethiopian (and other African) focused for this show."

- Yonathan