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Ethiopia is a traditional musical country. Although popular music is played, recorded, and listened to, most musicians also sing traditional tunes, which most listeners like. Brass bands were moved from Jerusalem in the shape of forty Armenian orphans (Arba Lijoch) during Haile Selassie’s reign, and were a long-standing popular musical tradition in Ethiopia. This band became Ethiopia’s first official orchestra when it landed in Addis Ababa on September 6, 1924. Large orchestras accompanied concerts during the close of World War II; the Army Band, Police Band, and Imperial Bodyguard Band were the most well-known orchestras. Among the most well-known worldwide vocalists are Aster Aweke, Alemayehu Eshete, Gigi, Teddy Afro, Tilahun Gessesse, and Mahmoud Ahmed.

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