Playing tracks by
Tèsfa Maryam Kidané, Bahta Gèbrè-Heywèt, Tèshomè Meteku, Mulatu astatke, Wallias Band and more.
The main body of recordings of Ethiopia came in less than a decade, just under 500 45s and about 30 LPs. Amha Ashèté, creator of the Amha Records label, was the driving force behind this creative explosion and one of the main founders of the modernist movement that swept the scene during the late Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie's reign.
Until the late 1960s there was no independent modern bands. The live music was dominated by institutional bands Imperial Guard, Police, Navy, Ciry of Addis Ababa, Agher feqer Mahber or Haile Sellasie I Theatre.
Alemayehu Eshete as remarkable for its frenetic rock numbers as their heartbreaking ballads and unbridled Americanism, earned nicknames like the James Brown of Ethiopia or Abyssinia Elvis.