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Mahlet Fasil
As a host of a one hour radio show, “Timeless Classics”, on Sheger FM 102.1, every Saturday afternoon at 6 pm, the bassist Henock Temesgen plays popular old tunes from Willie Nelson to The Temptations, form Bob Dylan to The Jackson Five. For those listeners who prefer standard Jazz and the likes of John Coltrane or Miles Davis, he has yet another show on the same station on Sunday mornings. He is among the organizers of the Acacia Jazz Festival held annually in Addis Abeba to showcase some of the finest talents in the making of Ethio-Jazz. He is a co-founder of Jazzamba Music School, an institute dedicated to bring the next generation of Jazz musicians. And of course he plays bass guitar with different bands. A graduate of Berkeley Henock Temesgen has music running in his veins.

Mahlet Fasil

During the military Derg regime of the ‘70s and ‘80s, when the motto of the day was “Everything to the Warfront,” Abitew Kebede, a prominent Afaan Oromo singer and song writer of the era was serving in the army. Abitew’s song Yannikoo, Afaan Oromo for ‘my thoughts’, which he wrote for his mother, first came out in the ‘80s and became an instant hit.


Oromo music has played a central role in providing alternative spaces for enunciating ‘the Oromo question’.

Awol Allo

On June 4, 2015, renowned Oromo artist Haacaaluu Hundeessaa released an intoxicating single track, Maalan Jiraa. The song condenses within itself the story of the Oromo people with impeccable acuity, waltzing between stories of pain and pride, hope and despair. Full of anguish and self-doubt, Maalan Jira is a powerful probe into the modern Oromo condition and illustrated the complex dilemma facing the Oromo nation and its struggle for political emancipation.