The “urban monk” the legendary musican Elias Melka

Ethiopian record producer and songwriter Elias Melka Geresu. After successfully writing Teddy Afro’s debut album Abugida, which was published in 2001, Elias rose to fame. Elias has written the music for more than forty studio albums and collaborated with many of the most important singers in the development of modern Ethiopian music. He had an important part in the Ethiopian music industry up to his passing on October 4th, 2019. Elias Melka was raised in Abinet, Addis Ababa, and was born to Melka Geresu and Atsede Feleke in Sebategna, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. Elias joined the church choir since he was raised in a Protestant family and came from a Protestant family. Elias had a strong interest for music as a result, and after learning the fundamentals of music composition, he left the church. After that, Elias continued his travels and enrolled at the Yared Music School in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, where he studied the cello, piano, and the indigenous instrument kirar. It is thought that Elias was the first to practise studio music production in Ethiopia. Teddy Afro, Gossaye Tesfaye, Mikaya Behailu, Eyob Mekonnen, Zeritu Kebede, Tigist Bekele, Haile Roots, Gete Anley, Berry, and Leul Hailu are some of the performers whose albums Elias penned. The attempt to inform people about these societal risks was substantially aided by these songs that he wrote alone and in collaboration with others.

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