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Eyob Mekonnen’s new CD


It was my colleague Selam who brought Eyob Mekonen’s CD to our office a week ago. And since the day I’ve discovered it, I’ve fallen under its spell. I loved this CD. I loved every second of it.

The debut from this deadlocked, heavily Bob-Marley influenced singer is beautiful and inventive.  It is a lovely record of alternately soulful, reggae and traditional Ethiopian folk. 

I also enjoyed its brilliant poetic sensibility.The lyrics are very much personal statements reflecting his experience on matters of the heart, be it praising his lover who doesn’t have a shiny looks but has a manner that outranks all other good-looking ladies in ‘Debzezesh’ or how crestfallen he became after his lover told friends and acquaintances that he was a nagging type when he tried to forward her advises for her own good in ‘Yemedir Dirshaye’.

The opener ‘Nekchalehu’ written by Elyas Melka seems like a gratitude to God fro helping him to transform into a better person after having a tumulus life. It comes as honey-sweetened and easy to swallow.

Elyas’s instrumental contributions are found in every of the track but he has also lend in composing more than seven lyrics.

Joining him with vocals is Zeritu Kebede on one of the tracks, “yene konjo’, a romantic duet. Gossaye Tesfaye and Haile Root have also helped with the melody.The bass player, Fasil Wuhib gave it a special twist to suit to the instruments.

The final track and the album’s title, ‘Man ende kal’ (Nothing like a promise) ends the album on an uplifting note. A fitting final to an emotional journey.

They say it took Eyob around four years to do this album. I would hate to think that you would have to suffer great pain to make great music, but on the evidence here it sure does help. 

I’m thankful for Selam for making me discover such a fabulous album.  

Categories: Music
  1. burn
    December 16, 2007 at 8:28 pm

    z best reggae album ever in ethio..the lyrics, mixing and everything is the best.well done eyob and elias….

    • Alu_g
      April 16, 2012 at 7:59 am

      Yeah Absolutely you are right !!! But think about “Jah Lude”,”Haile Roots”,That’s it !

  2. Miss Addis
    December 26, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    I feel Eyobe is a good singer but not great.As good as Zeritu who accampanies him.But i don’t think he will stay around.

  3. Salem
    January 18, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    he rocks! my office rocks with his songs… and my workmate introduced me to his CD too…


    kahun behula lela
    kahun behula lela
    baynem alay lela

  4. Emnet
    February 13, 2008 at 8:35 am

    Really Great!!!!!!!!!!
    I didnt heard before such a marvelous sound……
    Eyob u did great job…..
    really great…….
    Miss to attend your concert

  5. February 15, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Eyob,I respect you realy,i love your musics(lyrics+your sound) Every morning i hear your music ‘tewdgnlech’ oh! it speaks.
    I am a poet and journalist in Addis zemen newspaper and i want to intreview if you are intersted.bye

  6. hiwotyee
    March 6, 2008 at 8:51 am

    i like him a normal amount. He is good but forgettable as well. he has some freshness to him but he did not have a lasting impression on me…i have kind of a mixed feeling about him. He seems a sweet human being though.

  7. beyen
    March 25, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Hey Eyob, really brilliant work you did. this album is WOW and hope it turns to be the beginning of your many other best selling albums yet to come. You should work a lot and a lot. Make as many songs as you can>follow BOB MARLEY’s way. You are my hero.{I think you and Teddy Afro will make a great great team.} Peace.

  8. Hailemelekot Teklu
    March 29, 2008 at 9:13 am

    Wow, the Album is very Fantasic. the Beat, & the LYRICS (GOD) Perfecto. mama. I appreciate. All the Songs in the Album are very Great.


  9. Girma Getachew
    April 4, 2008 at 11:22 am

    It is sensational…
    aynie lekas defar ayayim neber
    kefit sisewor…
    enkulalun enji lelawun metch ayehu..
    ebab endetalewu
    kahun behuala lela
    beka kaci
    lela lela lela

  10. SOLE
    April 14, 2008 at 5:55 pm


  11. April 16, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    A friend of mine let me hear Eyob Mekonnen’s music. I am absolutely impressed. I also play reggae music and am a member of the band located at http://www.johnstonemusic.com. If anyone knows how I could get in contact with Eyob, please email me at toandbeyond@aol.com. thanks.

  12. rob
    April 20, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    hello fredstone this is rob ..i saw u,r message and think i could help u this is eyob’se mail address eyob1111@yahoo.com

  13. May 15, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Wow Wow Wow Wow Wow Wow Wow WWowow Wow Wow Wow
    I want to thank this gentle man for giving us such a wonderful gift for the Millennium and It’s a great breakthrough to Ethiopian music. I think it was Teddy Afro who showed a very new style to Ethiopian singers and many have learnt from him but there were still many things that they lacked and I think the right time to fill what they lacked has come and it is this young man who has strived to fill this gap and succeeded. So many of our singers can take a good lesson from him and do something better.I really like his music because they are food for the soul.and I wish we could have more like him who could entertain real music lovers.

  14. May 18, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    best workkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk…

  15. May 18, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    best workkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk,…

  16. Brook M. Eneyew
    May 19, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Wow! Eyobe you brought a nice albuma . Actually I was not surprised with your voice cos I saw you palying Bob’s songs in d/ff stages and I had hoped one day when you bring your album it will be outstanding like this. Everything is wow! wow! wow! Now we just have to wait for you to announce when will be your concert and enjoy the show LIVE.
    I also admire the the talented Elias Melka with an impressive arrangement as usual.

    best regards,
    Brook M. Eneyew

  17. May 20, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    first time my friend brought me a CD called, the new CD relased by u and then i listen it. It was a goooooooood music, i loved….. the best

    AND i meate u ……..
    I did’t expect u’r personality like that, but u…. u’r the best of mine OK BYE

    Continue with this u’r personality…..

    U’r Friend ADDISU [PUPI_Q]

  18. Sishaw
    May 30, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Eyoba I like your album so much,the bits are so amezing your sound I don’t know what to say it’s so gooooooooooooooooooood.I like it.THANK U

  19. Juru
    May 31, 2008 at 2:08 am

    Except a few individals from the above comments, you all owe me. After i read you guys opinion, i bought his CD and my love for his music lasts for a few hrs. I kept only the first song in my ipod (in case, if i need it ).

    It’s encouraging to see Ethiopian musicians leaving the main stream style and expermenting, creating something new, though. Thumbs up!

    June 10, 2008 at 11:42 am

    i am not much into nongospel music but i love music as an art conveying strong social issues. i also dont get impressed by most of the current artists exept few who do music not just for the sake of money. i found eyob’s album on of the few (i can say 5) clasic albums iin the past fifteen years. it is unexpectedfrom a debue. go eyob and thank you for raising the sprit of the nation’s musical dymamics and raising real social and somehow spritual issues. peace jah bless.

  21. sishaw m
    June 10, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Eyoba last time i’ve send u my comment but I’m not satisfied.I’t is so great by the way I belive that your next album will be the same as this.So u do a great job…………..so long

  22. yonas
    June 13, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    i like it,
    u diserve the name BOB.

  23. Mohamed A/Nur Dheeg /SENEGAL
    June 13, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    When i heard the CD of Eyob i could not help to stop the tears of my eyes.
    It feels so good to have such that kind of music. Eyob is a wounderful singer and i am very proud of him.
    His music makes me going back to my lovely country Ethiopia.

  24. banji
    June 28, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    oh i love u as much as posible also i love u’r grat song especially track no 3 oh what a lovely song finaly i just want to say keep it up!!!!!!
    i love u
    eyob mekonnen(100%)
    zeritu kebede(100%)
    elyas melka(100%)
    teddy afro(100%)

  25. Yonathan
    July 13, 2008 at 6:16 am

    wow. love this album. great music, voice, lyrics. nice change up from Ethiopian to reggae, from upbeat to slow. love Yene Konjo.
    so many great songs. Gobez!

  26. etiopiski
    July 21, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    I also like Eyob a lot.
    do you know where can I find his lyrics, ba Amarinya and in English?
    It’s nothing better than learning Amarinya through music

  27. nesjierf
    August 3, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    net terug uit ethiopie luisteren we naar de geweldige muziek van eyob. We zijn onder de indruk van de menging van stijlen en het fantastische reggae ritme van de muziek. nederland moet kennis maken met deze super muziek! nesjierf

  28. Jarso
    August 13, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Hey, this is a real art. I don’t think I ever heard such a good (art full) music. I don’t listen Ethiopian music a lot. But I heard one of the songs on the internet, and now I wanna buy the CD so bad. And I am not a CD buying type guy. I don’t remember the last time I bought a CD. This guy have done a good job. I am so picky, and yet I can find no remark on this music. I hope the rest of the CD will be the same way. I read that it took him about 4 years to finish this album. Wow, good things don’t come easy. I hope we will hear more from Eyobe. First, I have to find this album, though. My problem is I don’t live in Ethiopia.

  29. neb
    August 15, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    I like this album. Great Job, by far the most solid Ethiopian reggae album. What I like most about this album is that it has stayed true to the integrity of our language and incorperated great sound. Keep up the good work.

  30. neb
    August 15, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    to all-

    I have listed to the entire CD and you will not regret a second of it. Each song is great.

  31. Jarso
    August 19, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Hey, is anybody know where this guy lives? I heard that he perfomes live every Saturday. If he lives in the US, Canada, or somewhere in Europe, I will go see him. Please let me know if U have any idea. Apparently where I live, no one knows about him. I feel like I live in the middle of nowhere, and I tried to do some research on internet. There is nothing about him. How is that So?

  32. Sen
    August 19, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Eyob is niether in the US, Canada, or Europe, he is now in Addis.
    If you can, get someone to send you his CD.
    by the way, he is just an ordinary singer.you made it look like you are talking about Elvis or something.

  33. Jarso
    August 20, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Thanks Sen, I got his CD. I just wanna see him perfome. I like his CD a lot. Well, this is the age of the internet. Somebody need to put some stuff about him (his agent or somebody close to him or himself). Especially, if he lives in the West, something is expected on the web. It is not a big deal. If u google my name, u would be able to find anything that has been published about me, and I am nobody. This is a comment for him, too. He need to advertise himself. He just got an album for heaven’s sake. If he is not already big, he got the potential. His songs are exceptional. Thanks for the info, again.

  34. Temesgen Mera
    August 21, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    He is wonderfule singer !!!

  35. Temesgen Mera
    August 21, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    He is my friend he live Kazanches if you like anything I tell hem

  36. sofonias ng
    September 10, 2008 at 6:18 pm


  37. gina
    September 27, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    i love it!

  38. nardos
    September 30, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Great Album…!!!

  39. J
    October 2, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Eyob, great album. Continue to strive to be the best.

  40. October 2, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    wow.it’s very cool work with good music arrangement. and i would like to say to u BERTA TEBERATA ,

  41. October 5, 2008 at 8:50 am

    WOW WOW WOW is a vary vary GOOD music & arrangement thank U EYOB mekonnen & ELIAS malka

  42. kal
    October 8, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    hey this CD is really kool love it n listen 2 it all da time keep it up eyobe cuz u r the best love u!!!

  43. fatima
    October 8, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Hey eyob
    Love every one of your song, you’re one of the most talented people in the world.
    Can’t wait to come to Addis and check out your club, man u r so kool. PS. I am ur Somalian fan.

  44. javril
    October 14, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    check for eyob’s songs at http://www.dembelmarket.com….Luv his music !

  45. javril
    October 14, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    check for eyob’s songs at http://www.dembelmarket.com ….Luv his music !

  46. mesaw
    October 22, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    i love the music

  47. senait
    October 31, 2008 at 1:30 am

    u are the best dude !!!!!!!!!!!1all i can ay is that u rock

  48. sennny
    October 31, 2008 at 1:34 am

    i love u’r music u rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. admach
    November 3, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Nice music, nice voice … but i just don’t get the lyrics on this album.

  50. temesgen and eyob
    November 7, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    you are strong,best music..nice voice…wow..we love you

    November 15, 2008 at 11:52 am


  52. biny johny
    November 20, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    eyob has done well!best music

  53. maki
    November 30, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Debzezesh- z best song ever….eyob did a great job….

  54. shirley
    December 3, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    how can I buy this album? I bought a copy in Ethiopia but the CD is scratched. I live in England

  55. Beti yoo
    January 27, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    You did it well Eyobee!!
    I never heard a music like yours. Go on I need more.
    Gin bemin beletkachew??

  56. Liza
    January 31, 2009 at 11:18 am

    i just got back from one month in Ethiopia, where among other things I listened to Eyob’s CD, Yene konjo is my favourite, and also another one, which sings about seeing the girl making a mistake (sorry, my amharic stops at counting to 100 and saying thank you, may god repay you)
    Anyway, thank you for this review.

  57. meron
    May 18, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    i really love ur music

  58. Temam
    July 6, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Hi,am totaly disagree with all ur admiration about his music.No body is listning his music here in the country.Tell this man to be a good muscisian in the future,thnaks.

  59. RAHMA
    August 10, 2009 at 8:50 am

    if you dont know music no need for comment. i love his music very difrent to me better than tedy afro infact thy all sound the same eyob & zeritu very clasy very uniq best job jus love them…………………….

  60. November 27, 2009 at 8:24 am

    u know what, i took this pic with eyob coulpe of weeks ago. wow i was like this man has such a power that he controlls audiences soul. i mean, i was in lots of his shows which he turned out to be one of a model muscians especially in addis. thank you! keep up with your job i wish there would this time that i am going to work with you. respectfully,

  61. Maria
    December 22, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Can anybody tell me how I can by this cd (Ende Mekale from Eyob) on the internet. I bougth it in Etiopie, but it does not work! I need to have the cd, it’s verry good!

    • Elsabeth
      May 6, 2011 at 9:01 am

      Dear Eyobe, my husband and I absolutely love your music. We live Germany. You could be a star here. For us, you already are one. Looking forward to your next CD! Maybe you will open a website of yours, with updates…?

  62. rach
    January 24, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Thank God I come across this critic and recognition. No words to say how much I love and enjoy Eyob’s song each and everyday. These song soothes the mind and the soul, I relate to each songs which have been composed. My favourite song is debzezesh, yimider dershay…..Elise meka u are our modern. Ashenafi kebede.thank you addis journal for continue to enlighten us!

  63. November 30, 2012 at 5:55 am

    I’ve great interest 4raggae sound.specialy 4eth. Raggae melody, eyob is 1of ma favorite singe.i lyk z way how he sang,his lyrics.and specialy i lyk

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