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8 Contemporary Ethiopian Artists to Check Out

Featuring Skat Nati, Iri Di, Ethiopian Records, Kelela, Batisso and more.

East Africa's youth culture is currently exploding like never before. In Ethiopia, a country that has a long history of fusing traditional music with modern sound, young artists are breaking out just as they did in the 1970s, when Ethio-jazz staked its claim on the world stage.

From experimental electronica to pop and hip-hop, Ethiopian music is being recognised across the globe for making joyful noise. Artists in Addis Ababa strive to reach out to the wider world, as at the same time, those in foreign lands send their messages back to a home they grasp at, one that aches right the way through them.

Here are some tracks that span Ethiopian artists from Addis, artists who moved away at a young age and those whose parents took that journey to find a new home.

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Addis Ababa-based electronic beatmaker Endeguena Mulu releases a stockpile of new music.

Ethiopian Records—the alias of Addis Ababa-based experimental musician Endeguena Mulu (a.k.a E.R.)—delivers all-new music.

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