Minyeshu Kifle Tedla was born in the city of Dire Dawa in the east of Ethiopia. During her childhood she moved to Addis Ababa and at the age of 17 she joined the leading "National Theatre" of Ethiopia. Here she developed her artistic multi talents as a singer, dancer, producer and choreographer. With the creme de la creme of the Ethiopian music scene she toured the world around - within 4 month over more than 35 countries - and performed at the greatest Ethiopian music and dance production ever: "People to People". She joined the stage with famous Ethiopian musical icons such as Mulatu Astatke and singers Mahmoud Ahmed, Tilahun Gessesse, Bizunesh Bekele and many more. To widespread her wings as an artistic multi talent she performed in Ethiopian cinema as well, playing a leading role as an actress in the movie "Senait".
My life in Europe
In 1996 Minyeshu came to Belgium and a few years later she moved to The Netherlands where she started her second life as an artist. Guided by music manager and producer San Graatsma from the Dutch agency and music label "Mosaique Vivant" she built up an impressive oeuvre:
From 1997-1999 she joined and toured with "Africa Unite"; a group of musicians from the Horn of Africa which was released on CD (Mosaique Vivant - 1999).
From 2000-2004 Minyeshu played with her own bandChewata and after the release of her first solo album "Meba" (Mosaique Vivant - 2002) she became very popular in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
From 2004-2010 Minyeshu continued with her own band; an international line-up of musicians from Sudan, Mali, DR Congo, USA, Ethiopia and The Netherlands with whom she released her second album "Dire Dawa" (Me & My Records - 2008).
Since 2005 Minyeshu is playing concerts on the International music scene. Convincing performances on Festival Mundial in The Netherlands, Bursa Festival in Turkey, Moving Cultures in Austria, Festival Jazz in Switzerland, Africa Festival Wurzburg in Germany, BAM (Barcelona Accio Musical) in Spain, Festival Radio France Montpellier in France, festival Africolor in Paris and festival Festim in Portugal. She returned to Africa to play on the 2nd Pan-African Festival in Algeria where she joined famous African artists like Salif Keita and Youssou N'Dour, and in Senegal at the opening of the "World Festival of Black Arts (Festival Mondial des Arts Negres)" where she joined African music ambassadors such as Angelique Kidjo, Baaba Maal and again Youssou N'Dour.
The amazing Ethiopoques series continues to amaze with another stunning album of classic "Golden Era" Ethiopian recordings from 60's & 70's Addis Ababa. The third in their 'Ethiopian Modern Music' volumes, this album collects a massively varied set of killer grooves; from the super tight soul funk of Girma Béyéné's 'Ené négn bay manésh' or his kinkier psyche funk winner 'Yebeeqagnal', to Seyoum Gébreyés and Wallias Band's rhodes driven 'Métch enéterf féléghu' or the extended slow jam 'Djémérégne' from Muluqén Mélléssé and the intoxicating female vocals of 'Métché néw' from Asséléfétch Ashiné and Géténésh Kebrét.
1. Girma Beyene - Ene negn bay manesh (4:02)
2. Seyoum Gebreyes and Wallias band - Metch ene terf feleghu (2:21)
3. Hirut Beqele - Ewnetegna feqer (3:15)
4. Samuel Belay - Qeresh endewaza (3:17)
5. Girma Beyene - Yebeqagnal (3:30)
6. Girma Beyene - Ene negn bay manesh (3:27)
7. Muluqen Mellesse - Djemeregne (7:29)
8. Asselefetch Ashine and Getenseh Kebret - Metche new (3:33)
9. Getatchew Mekurya - Gedamay (3:48)
The arrangements and bands are ably handled by Mulatu Astatke, Getatchew Mékurya and a hosts of other legends who have previously contributed to this ear opening series. This series just blows our minds and any followers of Finders Keepers Turkish Psyche picks, the Sublime Frequencies series or indeed anything from Mulatu Astatke will want to invest without delay. Essential !!
Nubian Arkis tremendously experimental and has taken the fusion of jazz and Ethiopian music to new levels.
1. Nubian Ark - Diminished Heaven (4:31)
2. Nubian Ark - Mamite (8:15)
3. Nubian Ark - Nine Lives (7:32)
A tight 7 piece jazz-funk combo playing a mixture of original compositions mixed with excursions intoEthiopian standards, Nubian Ark is an exciting new addition to the Addis musical scene. Driven by bass, drums and keyboards with the three piece horn section (2 sax and trombone) and percussion adding punch and color, Nubian Ark delivers an exciting live show.
1. S Boroda, E Mohammed, K Malkaballo - A01- (6:03) 2. S Boroda, E Mohammed, K Malkaballo - A02- (6:37) 3. S Boroda, E Mohammed, K Malkaballo - A03- (5:44) 4. S Boroda, E Mohammed, K Malkaballo - A04- (5:26) 5. S Boroda, E Mohammed, K Malkaballo - A05- (6:58) Three Ethiopian Oromo singers : Shamshudine Baroda
Some of the artists featured on the "mix tape" are Gigi, Teddy Afro (Tewodros Kassahun), Gossaye Tesfaye, Theodros Tadesse, Aster Aweke, Abeba Lakew, Roha Band, Gedion Daniel, Shewanday Hailu, Manalemosh Dibo, Hebist Tiruneh, Henock Abebe, Girma Gemechu, Hamelmal Abate, Monica Sisay, Tsehaye Yohannes, Betelhem Dagnachew, Abinet Agonafer, Neway Debebe, Netsanet Mellesse, Abyssinia Band, Lafonte (Brihanu Tezera & Tadele Roba), Zeritu, Abdu Kiar, Mikael Belayneh, Dawit Malese, Tilahun Gessesse, Shewanday Hailu and more...
To download this Amharic music mix for free and for Part II : http://www.facebook.com/JaBig This New 2011 YouTube Exclusive DJ Mix of music of Ethiopia by JaBig showcases Ethiopian Synth-Pop songs that are popular in Addis & worldwide. ____________ About this Mix: -----------------
In August 2011 as I was organising my music to decide on what to bring along on my 8-year DJ world tour by car, I stumbled across a large collection of Ethiopian music given to me by a friend four years earlier that I had never really had taken the time to listen to because with over 50 000 songs that I own, it takes forever to go through it.
One night I could not sleep because for a reason that I forgot so I decided to give the music a listen. I stepped onto the SL 1200s and booted up my DJ set recording software and got mixing.
Keep in mind that it was the first time listening to 99% of the Ethiopian songs found in the mix and the synth-sound style were completely new to me coupled with the fact that some of the music was originally poorly recorded so this was the most impromptu and unprepared DJ set ever so kindly bear with the not-so-perfect session.
One day when I have the time, I will write down the complete tracklisting for those interested. I am a very, very busy man so don't count on it anytime soon unfortunately...
Feel free to send me your feedback (good or bad!) at JABIG@JABIG.COM and do visit http://www.JaBig.com if you'd like to listen to more music, read my travel tales and discover the reason behind my 8-year journey around the world by car.
Enjoy! -- JaBig (Montreal, August 2011)
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Sofia Shibabaw is Amharic gospel singer (mezmur) from Ethiopia with an extraordinary singing voice. She is one of the best recent Christian artist. So far she have two fantastic albums and also have many records with various Christian artists in different albums.
01. Sofia Shibabaw - Oh Enie Man Negne (6:50) 02. Sofia Shibabaw - Leka Alie Dagna (5:24) 03. Sofia Shibabaw - Keberigne (6:04) 04. Sofia Shibabaw - Alemayehu (5:41) 05. Sofia Shibabaw - Ethiopia (5:51) 06. Sofia Shibabaw - Fikir Kemekbir Belayi (5:03) 07. Sofia Shibabaw - Fikir Chemere (4:46) 08. Sofia Shibabaw - Endantie Yele (7:00) 09. Sofia Shibabaw - Yelewetgne (7:09) 10. Sofia Shibabaw - Edil Fenitaye (6:25) 11. Sofia Shibabaw - Lehiyiwetihe Waga Site (6:01)