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Lived from 1977 – 2019 A.D.
Elias Melka was the lead guitarist of Tsion Band in the late 1980s. (Tsion Band was the first gospel group to record an instrumental album yet not connected to the Tsion Choir that united with Mulu Wongel Choir in the 1970s.)
Afterwards, he played the guitar in Medina Music Band, Zema Lastas, Afro Sound, and Demera Band.
Elias Melka became one of the preeminent music producers of his time, writing songs and producing CDs for artists such as Teddy Afro, Eyob Mekonnen, and Zeritu Kebede.
Elias promoted social responsibility through songs on HIV, traffic accidents, etc.
His last works took biblical borrowings.
» Listen to selected pieces
published in 2017:
2020 (3 parts):
Memories (by Dawit Tilahun)
» Interview with Jan Magne Steinhovden
in forthcoming book on Ethiopian gospel music.