Ethiopian Musician Hailu Mergia: From the Nightclubs of Addis Ababa to a Cab in DC by The World published on 2013/07/12 20:56:08 +0000 Ethiopian musician Hailu Mergia is a legend in his home country. He's a member of the acclaimed Walias Band. But, in 1985 he released a solo album and then went into relative obscurity. Today he drives a taxi in Washington, DC, and hasn't played in decades. Now his solo album is being re-released. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Hailu Mergia from his taxi in DC.