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Born in 1972 in Ethiopia, Daniel Lemma left Ethiopia at a tender age to Sweden. Now based in Swedish Daniel is emerging musician/singer-songwriter who first came to fame Lemma first became in 2000 when he provided the soundtrack for Josef Fares’ film Jalla Jalla. Daniel’s music is intimately connected to what music critics say is roots music; American folk music with more ties to early blues and gospel. Recently Daniel came to his birth place Ethiopia during which time he gave Addis Standard an exclusive interview on his works, past and present. Excerpts:

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Recent times have undoubtedly seen an increase in the number of concerts and musical shows given out in Addis Abeba. However, the city can still not pride itself in the wealth of recreational activities it offers for its residents. Outdoor musical festivals have typically been lacking. Selam Festival Addis (SFA) hopes to fill a gap in that regard. In its fourth edition this year, the festival stages outdoor concerts involving local and international artists.