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The Edit, Episode #7: A Conversation About Ethiopian Jazz Legend Hailu Mergia

On the latest episode of Pacific Standard's podcast about how our stories are made, editorial assistant Jack Denton talks about his profile of Ethiopian jazz organist Hailu Mergia.
Hailu Mergia.

Hailu Mergia.

Host Varun Nayar spoke with Pacific Standard editorial assistant Jack Denton about his recent story "Hailu Mergia's Great Re-Appearing Act." The piece is about the life a legendary Ethiopian musician who left his country and celebrity for the United States in the early 1980s and then made ends meet by driving a cab in Washington, D.C., for 30 years.

Mergia was recently rediscovered by a record label and made his return to the music industry. During this episode Denton outlines a brief history of Ethiopian music, talks about what attracted him to this story in the first place, and describes the unique character of Hailu Mergia.

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