All About Jazz

Home » Search Center » Results: Getatchew Mekurya

Results for "Getatchew Mekurya"

Advanced search options

Getatchew Mekurya

Mekurya was born on 14 March 1935, in Yifat, Ethiopia. He began his musical studies on traditional Ethiopian instruments such as the krar and the masenqo, and later moved on to the saxophone and clarinet. Upon reaching adolescence, he began his professional career in 1949 as a part of the Municipality Band in Addis Ababa. In 1955 he joined the house band at Addis' Haile Selassie Theatre, and in 1965 joined the famous Police Orchestra. He was also one of the first musicians to record an instrumental version of shellela, a genre of traditional Ethiopian vocal music sung by warriors before going into battle

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hailu Mergia: Yene Mircha

Read "Yene Mircha" reviewed by Chris May

While Mulatu Astatke is the musician most widely associated with the creation of Ethio-jazz, fellow keyboardist Hailu Mergia is among other significant figures. Astatke is best known overseas because he was the most outward looking of Ethio-jazz's first generation, studying at London's Trinity College of Music and Boston's Berklee College of Music and making his first ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Destination Africa! Part II: Benin, Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal, Zimbabwe

Read "Destination Africa! Part II: Benin, Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal, Zimbabwe" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

As we continue our exploration of jazz by African musicians and by foreign musicians fascinated with the African continent and its music, this week we focus on Benin, Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal & Zimbabwe. Happy Listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" from Mondo Jazz ...

Getatchew Mekurya: Negus Of Ethiopian Sax

Label:
Released: 2007
Track listing: Yegenet Muziqa; Shellela; Aha Gedawo; Antchi Hoye; Ambassel; Almaz Yeharerwa; Yene Hassab Gwadegna; Shemonmwanaye; Gofere/Antchi Hoye; Aynotche Terabu; Akale Wube; Tezeta; Gedamay; Muziqa Heywete; Shellela Besaxophone.

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Getatchew Mekurya: Negus Of Ethiopian Sax

Read "Getatchew Mekurya: Negus Of Ethiopian Sax" reviewed by Chris May

Getatchew Mekurya Ethiopiques 14: Negus Of Ethiopian Sax Buda Musique 2003 Buda Musique's mind-expanding Ethiopiques series--23 discs strong and counting--is a treasure trove of strange and wonderful music, none more so than that contained on Negus Of Ethiopian Sax, which is devoted to tenor saxophonist Getatchew Mekurya and ...


ENGAGE

Enter our contest giveaways

Contest Giveaways

Enter our latest contest giveaways sponsored by Resonance Records.

Contest Guidelines

Publisher's Desk

Best Jazz Releases of 2020... a running list! Read on.

MORE POSTS

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.