Meklit Hadero (Photo:

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 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 […]

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 […]