Oromo Singers: Ali Mohammed Birra and Abitew Kebede

July 27, 2013

51yYw7HwybL._SY300_Just to a quick post to broadcast the talents of a couple of fantastic Oromo singers. Firstly, the well-known Ali Birra. Official website here. In my opinion his strongest material is everything pre-1980s (as is seems to be the case for many artists).
Check out this great, unique tune:

Ethiopiques vol. 28 is devoted entirely to him and can also be streamed on Spotify..

Here’s a clip from another incredible, perhaps slightly less heralded Oromo troubadour, Abitew Kebede (spelled Abbitoo Kabbadaa in the clip), for whom I could find very little biographical info. Once again his most interesting output seems to be from his earlier years…


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