Habtamu Tedla

Habtamu Tedla’s musical journey began after he completed high school, starting with amateur performances at Fikat Theatre and Music Group and Circus Gonder, before joining the Military Orchestra at Central Command, where he first started working as a professional musician.

Throughout his career, Habtamu has achieved significant feats, including appearances on Ethiopian Idol and Fana Lamrot, showcasing his versatile vocal talents. Currently, he collaborates with musical entities such as Ethio Color at Fendka and the Federal Police Orchestra. He also performs at nightclubs such as Homie, Triple Hotel, and Yoya, singing in languages such as Tigrigna, Afaan Oromo, Konso, Gambella, and Somaligna.

Known for hits like “Gonder,” “Alenager,” and “Yewelo Lij,” Habtamu’s new single, dubbed “Awey Yegna Neger,” was recorded live in 2024. It delves into themes of love, questioning the dynamics of affection in relationships with lyrics that ponder, “We’re living together, but why has our love decreased?” The single is available on the Muzikawi YouTube channel and all digital streaming apps.

Composed by renowned saxophonist and composer Jorga Mesfin, the song beautifully blends traditional Ethiopian rhythms with modern jazz elements. The single features the contemporary “chickchika” triple meter signature, integral to Ethiopian music. Habtamu’s delivery, enriched with traditional embellishments and unique expressions, enhances the song’s cultural depth and artistic allure.

Official Video “Awey Yegna Neger”

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