Ethiocolor Releases Debut Album

Ethiocolor Band Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The local band Ethiocolor is getting well known for bridging the gap between past and present by mixing old musical traditions with new ones and coming up with a new form of modern Ethiopian music. The highly anticipated Ethiocolor debut album was released on Thursday September 25th at the Fendika Cultural […]

“Music is my life”, Tewodros Tadesse

Tewodros Tadesse Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – With its mellow sound, Tewodros Tadesse’s music has the ability to touch his audience while leaving a lasting impression. For more than three decades he has managed to produce music that transcends time. He started his musical career in the church, which gave him a unique way of singing, connecting with ancient sounds […]

Meklit

Meklit Hadero (Photo: meklithadero.com) Meklit Hadero, known simply as “Meklit”, is a singer and songwriter based in San Francisco, California. She is known for her soulful performing style, and for combining jazz, folk, and East African influences in her music. Born in Ethiopia, she was raised in the U.S. and attended college at Yale, where she studied political science. Shortly after […]

Why not Traditional Instruments?

Ethiopian Musical Instruments By Tibebeselassie Tigabu Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Listening to Mulatu Astatke’s melodious album, of Sketches of Ethiopia, it is easy to recognize the distinct sounds of Ethiopian instruments. The creator of Ethio-Jazz created his album with his band, Step Ahead, composed of a trumpet player, drummers and Masinko, Kirar and Washint players. The album includes Malian […]

The Battle of the Strings

Mulatu Celo and Masinko By Tibebeselassie Tigabu Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - An event entitled ‘The Battle of the Strings’ will be presented on April 24 and 27 at the African Jazz Village on the grounds of the historical Ghion Hotel. The Battle of the Strings will entail the battle between the western musical instrument, the Cello and the Ethiopian string […]

Ethiopia Habtemariam to give keynote address at Urban Music Summit

Ethiopia Habtemariam San Diego, CA – Ethiopia Habtemariam, who at 34, became the new president of Motown Records earlier this month, will give the keynote address at the “Back to Basics” — The Urban Music & Entertainment Summit 2014 here in san Diego, California.  The four-day event, which will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton Pavilion […]

Remembering the King of Ethiopian Music

Tilahun Gessesse By Mesfin Bezu Washington, D.C. - The untimely death of Tilahun Gessesse has set off an unprecedented surge in interest in his musical legacy. The King of Ethiopian Music Artist Dr. Tilahun Gessesse certainly ruled the Ethiopian music until his death and beyond. It’s been five years since Tilahun Gessesse died on April 19, 2009, from […]

Ethiopia Habtemariam promoted to President of Motown Records

Ethiopia Habtemariam UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP has reorganized its EAST COAST recorded music operations that re-establishes DEF JAM RECORDINGS, ISLAND RECORDS and MOTOWN RECORDS as stand-alone labels within the UMG family. Under the new structure: ETHIOPIA HABTEMARIAM, SVP of MOTOWN RECORDS, has been promoted to President of the label.  Furthermore, MOTOWN will return to LOS ANGELES, the label’s […]

Jano Band kicks off nationwide tour

Jano Band Tour Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Jano Band rocked out Addis Ababa with the kick off of their nationwide tour on Saturday January 18th at the Tropical Gardens. The tour that is sponsored by Meta Brewery S.C, the first concert was attended by over 5,000 rock music lovers. The nationwide tour is being carried out under Meta’s “Celebrating […]

Reviving African Jazz Village

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - In the evenings a couple of years ago it was common to hear a deep, soothing voice on FM 97.1, dissecting different jazz elements and saying, “This is African Jazz Village.” This voice was the renowned Mulatu Astatke, the man who invented Ethio-jazz forty years ago. It was his radio program that […]
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