From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Mahmoud Ahmed (born May 8, 1941) is an Ethiopian singer of Gurage ancestry. Born in Addis Ababa, Mahmoud shined shoes in that city before becoming a handyman at the Arizona Club, where he first sang professionally in the early 1960s. He sang for the Imperial Body Guard Band until 1974, and recorded with other bands for the Amha and Kaifa record labels throughout the 1970s. He opened his own music store in Addis Ababa's Piazza district during the 1980s while he continued his singing career.
- (1997) Soul of Addis—Earthworks/Stern's Africa STEW35CD
- (1998) Slow Collections—Sounds of Abyssinia SAC-022
- (1999) Ethiopiques Volume 6—Almaz 1973—Buda Musique 829792 (originally released 1973)
- (2000) Ethiopiques Volume 7—Erè Mèla Mèla 1975 - Buda Musique 829802 (originally released 1975, and released on Crammed Discs in 1986)
- (2003) Yitbarek—Yene Production 77414 (rereleased by Nahom Records in 2007)
- (2005) Ethiopiques Volume 19—Alèmeyé—Buda Musique 860106
- Liner notes. Soul of Addis by Mahmoud Ahmed. Earthworks/Stern's STEW35CD, 1997.
- Falceto, Francis. Liner notes, Ethiopiques Volume 6—Almaz 1973 by Mahmoud Ahmed. Buda Musique 829792, 1999.