Mereja TV Wektawi Gudayoch, 13 November 2019


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Rock music is a popular genre of music that originated as “rock and roll” in the United States in the 1950s. It gained worldwide popularity and Africa is no exception. In Ethiopia, the Jano rock band, the first Ethiopian rock band is making a name for itself. Composing and playing rock music in a very unique style by blending local styles of music in the country with Western rock and roll. “There is five singing scales like melodies in Ethiopian music. So all of them have different feelings so when we fuse that with the rock sound, it gives it such a beautiful sound,” said Dibekulu Tafesse, the lead vocalist of the Jano Rock Band. displayAdvert("mpu_3") The vocalists sing in Amharic, Ethiopia’s main language and the keyboardist sometimes emulates the sound of a masinko, a string instrument used in music across the region. They even incorporate their music with the “Eskista” dance,a traditional Ethiopian dance performed by both men and women that is known for its unique emphasis on intense shoulder movement. “We were trying this Rock thing, the rock stuff, the hard guitars and heavy drums and everything. And when we were trying that out and

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