Host Varun Nayar spoke with Pacific Standard editorial assistant Jack Denton about his recent PSmag.com 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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