Five Video Clips from Ethiopia

by Ethiopian Records

Internet connection troubles took Addis Abeba based musician Ethiopian Records (E.R.) – yes it's a musician, not a label – several weeks to finish his video selection for Norient. He wrote us: «Here are a few videos and music that I like. It was not easy finding videos after 2013 – some are older, much older. I have tried to pick music and video that moves me, I hope you like it and it moves you to.»


Artist: uKanDanZ
Track: Sema

Little kids playing air saxophone, listros, shaking shoulders combined with Asnake Guebreyes` beautiful vocals.


Artist: Melaku Belay
Track: Ahun

Melaku Belay is a traditional and experimental dancer and owner of the famous Fendika in Kazanchis in midtown Addis. The video says it all.


Artist: Eyob Mekonnen
Track: Nekchalehu

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Eyob Makonen's lyrics, voice, his message, make him one of a kind. This song in particular Neckatchelehu, meaning I am awake, is my favorite.


Artist: Alemu Aga
Track: Ere Semagne Haguer

Alemu Aga is a masterful performer of the Begena, a ten-stringed instrument used in religious and spiritual chants, it is also referred to as «King David's Harp». I feel this instrument gives me a sense of peace and tranquility. This track in particular, «Ere Semagne Haguer» which could be translated as («Listen to Me, my country») is my favorite. Its meaning is not something I can translate in a few lines.


Artist: Ali Bira
Track: Nin deema

This is my favorite video of Ali Bira I use to watch often on TV as a kid and every time I watch it I can't seem to get tired of it.

... and if you still don't have enough of Ethiopian music, check these two more videos:

Asnaketche Worku: «Tizita»

Zion Rebels: «What we need»

Published on August 29, 2014

Last updated on April 06, 2020


Ethiopian Records (E.R.) is a young Electronic Musician from Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, Africa, making mostly Ethiopian electronic Music. ኢትዮጲያዊ ኤሌክትሮኒክ ሙዚቃ debut coming up on 1432R in October 2014. Don’t put it in a box and compartmentalize it, music is free and universal, it’s not a tidy cupboard where everything is in its place, so that it can be easily consumed.
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