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Ethiopian musicians, on the other hand, are gaining national and international reputation as a result of the young diaspora’s unwavering support. The number of Ethiopian-American rappers continues to rise, with the majority of Ethiopians outside of Ethiopia residing in the United States (Washington, D.C. has the biggest population of Ethiopians outside of Ethiopia, while Los Angeles has its own Little Ethiopia off of Fairfax Blvd). Skat Nati’s new single “Sira” (roughly translated as “labor”), which was backed by a video shot in an up-and-coming area in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, startled a lot of people. We had never heard authentic Amharic trap music with rich, traditional melodies, despite the fact that Ethiopian rap was not new. In just a few months, the song gained traction in Ethiopia and the diaspora, with the video collecting over 600,000 views on YouTube. Outside of Ethiopia, Washington, D.C. has the largest Ethiopian community, with the diaspora contributing significantly to local culture (a stroll along U Street will demonstrate this). As a result, it’s no wonder that Ethiopian rappers are flourishing in the neighborhood.

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