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Tracks For The Ethiopian New Year

Okayafrica lists our choice tracks to bring in Ethiopian New Year (Enkutatash), which goes down today and tonight.


Enkutatash (“gift of jewels” in Amharic) is the official start of the Coptic calendar. And it just so happens to be today. To say goodbye to the big rains and welcome in Ethiopian spring we’ve listed off our choice tunes for Ethiopia's New Year's festivities. Stream through them all below! 

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Ester Rada "Life Happens"

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Oh No Dr. No's Ethiopium

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Mulatu Astatke "Tezetza"

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Hailu Mergia and The Walias Band "Tche Belew"

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CopperWire "Phone Home"

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Old Money x Lamin Fofana "Ethiopia"

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Mulatu Astatke "Yegelle Tezeta"

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