So, Mergia was ready when musical fortune struck.
A producer named Brian Shimkovitz, who specializes in African music, found a cassette tape of one of his old albums in a box in Ethiopia, and re-released it in 2014. That led to a new album titled “Lala Belu,” or “Say Lala,” released in February, and a new late-life beginning for his second musical career, in and now out of the taxi.
For the “PBS NewsHour,” I’m Jeffrey Brown in Fort Washington, Maryland.
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