Introduction to Ethiopian songs and music


Richard Taylor, Under African Skies ‘Ethiopia’ (1989)
Film focussing on Ethiopian music in the 1980s:

Under African Skies 'Ethiopia'

Antoine Lindley: Journey of Ethiopian Music (Episode 1, posted in 2014): Featuring Alemayehu Eshete, Kuku Sebsebe, Girma Negash, Tilahun Gessesse, and more with English subtitles:

Episode 1: Journey of Ethiopian Music

Roland van Reenen TV: History of Ethiopian Music (YouTube; posted in 2012):

History of Ethiopian Music

Mulatu Astatke on Ethiopian musical culture, Ethio-jazz, etc.
Video and transcript of an interview and lecture (Toronto, 2007):

Mulatu Astatke on Ethio-jazz and Modernizing ancient instruments | Red Bull Music Academy

No longer available in full length on YouTube:

  • Maciej Bochniak, Ethiopiques: Revolt of the Soul (HBO, 2017)
    A documentary about Ethiopian music with a focus on singers from the album series Éthiopiques (curated by Francis Falceto)


Mirkuzz (YouTube Channel)
Listen to old cassettes (> 150k subscribers)

EthioFolk Project
Folk music recorded and filmed in 1965
(Amhara, Tigrai, Oromo, Kaficho, Dawro, Somali, Harari, Isaa)

The Global Jukebox
Access to traditional songs from more than a dozen Ethiopian ethnic groups (you may enter as a ‘guest’; cantometrics available)


Ethiopian music discographies
(45 records and LPs from Amha, Kaifa, Philips, etc.)

Cassettes from Ethiopia
Part of African Cassettes, an online discography being developed at African Music Archives at Gutenberg University in Mainz.

Ethio-pain Music
Blog introducing popular music (esp. before the Ethiopian Revolution)


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