Aster Aweke, Alemayehu Eshete, Gigi, Teddy Afro, Tilahun Gessesse, and Mahmoud Ahmed are among the most well-known international singers. Due to his prolonged tenor vocal, Tilahun Gessesse was nicknamed “The Voice” during the twentieth century. Teddy Afro debuted his album Abugida in 2001 and soon rose to prominence as a popular vocalist of his generation, earning the moniker “Blatenaw” (English: The boy). Teddy Afro has been compared to Tilahun Gessesse in terms of musical style and nationalistic emotions by certain analysts. Gigi has brought Ethiopian music to the notice of the general public, particularly in the United States, where she now resides, by singing with notable Western jazz musicians such as Bill Laswell (her husband) and Herbie Hancock. Aster Aweke is known for her voice, which garnered a wider audience, thanks to her 1999 album Hagere and the song “Abebayehosh.” Neway Debebe, who was immensely famous among the youth of the 1980s and early 1990s with songs like “Yetekemt Abeba,” “Metekatun Ateye,” “Safsaf,” and “Gedam,” among others, is another notable artist. On his 2005 album Ras Deshen, Abatte Barihun illustrated the four primary qenets. Francis Falceto, the producer of Éthiopiques, criticizes current Ethiopian music for neglecting traditional instruments and ensemble performing in favor of synthesizer-based one-man bands. On the other side, Harvard University lecturer Kay Kaufman Shelemay believes that there is true inventiveness in today’s music landscape. She also points out that Ethiopian music is not alone in its change to electronic music, which Falceto acknowledges. In the West, various bands have formed in recent years to play music influenced by the Éthiopiques series and other instances of Ethiopian music from the 1960s and 1970s. The Either/Orchestra of Boston, the Imperial Tiger Orchestra of Switzerland, and Le Tigre des platanes are among them (France). In recent years, new music genres popular in Western countries, such as EDM, rock, and hip hop, have been introduced. Jano Band, for example, performs a new type of progressive rock that incorporates Ethiopian music. In the early to mid-2000s, hip hop music began to influence Ethiopian music, culminating in the birth of Ethiopian hip hop, which rhymed in the native Amharic language. Teddy Yo and Lij Michael were the first and most influential hip hop rappers, with the latter being more commercially successful. Jano Band and Lij Michael were both chosen for the 2017 edition of Coke Studio Africa due to their achievements. Although some electronic music employment with a hip hop flavor emerged in the 2000s, Ethiopian electronic dance music was not fully developed until mid-2010. Rophnan, a DJ and recording artist, introduced the country to his own kind of electronic dance music in 2018, earning album of the year and further altering the mainstream music industry.
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