The Ethiopian highlands musician uses the four models fundamental system known genet and the four modes are tezeta, bati, ambassel and anchichoy. In other words, churches found in Ethiopia they make use of a sishum and a walking stick to keep the rhythm afloat. In Ethiopia, the azman’s are the itinerant musicians that play the traditional secular music.
The brass bands are the first official orchestra to emerge in Ethiopia. Then more orchestra followed up as well such as the Army band, police, band and imperial bodyguard band. There are many top-ranked musician in Ethiopia. Here are few.
- Gigi: Ejigayehu Shibabaw also known as Gigi she’s a singer and performer in Ethiopia. She was born in the year 1974. She’s from a city called Chagni in Ethiopia. Gigi is married to Bill Laswell who is a bassist and a producer as well. She was brought into the limelight through her album Gigi, that was released in 2001. When in Francisco she did an album titled Illuminated Audio in 2003 with her husband Bill Laswell, that album grew international recognition for Gigi.
- Ali Birra: Ali Mahammed who has his stage name as Ali Birra. He was born in 29th of September 1947 at Ganda Kore in Dire Dawa City of Ethiopia. He’s from the origin of Oromo in Ethiopia. At 13, Ali Birra joined a cultural group of musician known as Afran Quallo. His nickname “Ali Birra” was coined, from his first song titled “Birra dha Barie. The cultural group was banned by the government of Ethiopia in 1965 which made Ali move to Addis Ababa which is the capital city of Ethiopia. Ali was spontaneous because he had the ability to sing in the diverse language which include Arabic, Amharic, Harari and Somali languages, Oromo as well. His first album was launched in 1971 with several hits on the album such as Hin yaadin, Asabalee and Ammalelee, Gamahu. He was awarded the Toronto African merits award and also got an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Jimma. He got married in the year 1985 to Birgitta Astrom
- Mahmoud Ahmed: Mahmoud Ahmed is an Ethiopian singer who was born on May 8, 1941. He was born in Addis Ababa which is the Federal Capital City of Ethiopia. In joined the bodyguard in 1962 and he was till 1974. Mahmoud Ahmed was one of the first Ethiopian to perform in the United States of America. He went for recording tours in Europe and the United States as well. He won a BBC world music award in 2007.