Alemayehu Eshete  

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Alemayehu Eshete (1941 – 2 September 2021) was an Ethiopian singer. He performed since the 1960s and primarily in Amharic. He had been nicknamed "the Ethiopian Elvis".


Eshete's talent was recognized by Colonel Retta Demeqe, who invited the young singer to perform with Addis Ababa famous Police Orchestra. He had his first hit "Seul" in 1961 before moving on to found the Alem-Girma Band with Girma Beyene. Over the course of 15 years, Eshete released some 30 singles until the arrival of the communist junta Derg.

Eshete gained fame in Europe and the Americas with the release of Buda Musique's Ethiopiques series of compilations on compact disc. Ethiopiques Volume 9 is devoted entirely to recordings of his earlier music, and Volume 22 covers his career between 1972 and 1974. Other songs have also appeared on Volumes 3, 8, 10, and 13 or the series. In 2008, Eshete toured the United States with fellow Ethiopian singer Mahmoud Ahmed, backed by Boston's 10-piece Either/Orchestra.


Eshete died at midnight of 2 September 2021 in a hospital located in Addis Ababa. He was spending days with his friends and complained about discomfort after going home on 7 a.m (in local time). Some sources indicate that he had been in poor health due to heart disease. His funeral service is undisclosed yet.


Album list
Addis Ababa
  • Released: 1992
Ethiopiques, Vol. 9
  • Released: 2001
The Rough Guide to the Music of Ethiopia
  • Released: 2004
Ethiopiques, Vol. 22 (1972–1974)
  • Released: 2007
The Rough Guide To Psychedelic Africa
  • Released: 2012
The Rough Guide to the Music of Ethiopia
  • Released: 2012

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