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An energetic band’s stopover in Addis Ababa thrilled audiences at Goethe Institute

Zela Gayle

The 10th Sauti za Busara (Sounds of Wisdom) Music Festival, Zanzibar’s favorite annual music festival, held between the 14th-17th of Feb 2013 may be a memorable event for those who had the chance to enjoy it, but a part of it has also thrilled those who encounter the Burkina Electric band, which has a stopover open air concert in Addis Ababa shortly before flying to Zanzibar and has given its debut performance at the Addis Ababa Goethe-Institute, the German cultural center in Ethiopia.

For the first time in Ethiopian music history, a young man’s band is taking Gospel songs to another level

Zela Gayle


The 1960s in Ethiopia was an era of prominent musicians who gave live musical performances on a theatrical stage than that of today’s growing culture of bands performing in nightclubs supported by synthesizers. Dawit Getachew takes us back to that era with his new concert band.