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Jorg and Munit’s concert

It was a low-key musical affair yet an immensely enjoyable experience for the mostly young audience at Hager Fikir Theatre. Two young musicians, one a US-based Ethiopian female vocal singer and a German guitar player, took the stage at the huge, high-ceilingled hall. There wasn’t any flashy or heavy instrument-just the two of them-Jorg and Munit, with of course their guitar.
It was Munit who did the introduction with her stammering but proper Amharic, at times mixing with English. She had an aura of simplicity and humour. She told us that she was having a cold, so she might produce some bizarre sounds, she warned us. Jorg was also having flu, she told us to beware, because “nifit” might come anytime. It was a little cheeky but the audience roared.
The first line of song they played was Bob Marley’s rendering of “Jamming”. It was enjoyable and fairly upbeat. The next one, “Just the two us” the cover song for their CD which was on sale at the entrance. The audience seemed unable to settle on response to the music at this early stage and a mixture of reaction were seen.
As the atmosphere progresses, the crowd entertained with a mixture of original and time tested favourtie music.
One of the songs, “I remember” which Munit said was her first full Amharic song conjures up childhood memory, like drinking Pepsi and watching Ababa Tesfaye on ETV. There was a hint of sadness in her voice as she recalls those times passed. Other songs include Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me one Reason”. But my favourite one was an interpretation of Girma Beyene’s “Set Alaminm” which Munit understandably changed in to “Wonde Alaminm”. It beautifully displayed Munit’s talent for soft, fluid vocals.
The music style expresses childhood innocence and simplicity. This style can be witnessed in “Lem Lem.”
I feel some of the songs need some more work and practice but all in all the two deserve respect and attention.
Jorg and Munit’s C.D ..just the two of us, recorded live at @ the Coffee House could be found at Irea Music shop in Kazanchis.

Categories: Music
  1. June 15, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Thank you for the review 🙂 I am glad you enjoyed our concert & appreciate your comments! “Wend Alamnem” is one of my favorites too — and also it was the GAME pepsi, not drinking pepsi! 😉 Ha ha ha.

    But thank you for your time and for sharing your experience and of course for coming to our show! We loved the youngness and laid back nature of the crowd too!



  2. June 15, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    Also… can we share your review on our website?

  3. June 15, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Can I find Munit’s videos in Internet?

  4. Arefe
    June 16, 2008 at 8:27 am

    Good to have you here.Thanks for the comment and the correction.It would be a privildege for me to have my review in your web.
    Keep reading and checking the site.

  5. Arefe
    June 16, 2008 at 8:36 am

    To Carlos and Loreto,
    I realy don’t know.I hope Munit will drop in here to let you know if it is possible or not.

  6. June 16, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    Thank you Arefe. I`m lookimg for because I had read your post and think than this music may be veru interesting.

  7. June 16, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Thanks Arefe. I will go ahead and incorporate you into our website family 🙂

    Also in terms of the videos and things I am waiting till I get back to the States to upload them… the “high” speed internet of Ethiopia is a little difficult for video/audio uploading… so when I cross the ocean it will be more manageable! 🙂

    Thanks for asking!



  8. June 17, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Munit, I`ll wait yoy come back to listen your music in Internet… or if you came to Spain…
    Excuse me Arefe for use your blog for this

  9. June 18, 2008 at 6:35 am

    buenos dias en espana! if you invite us to spain, i’ll come and hand it to you myself 🙂

    otherwise… I’ll let you all know when it’s up and running…

    Thanks again!

  10. Rahel
    June 23, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    I saw you at Allaince on Saturday.Korahubish.

  11. Wendu
    June 27, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    One of the songs, “I remember” which Munit said was her first full Amharic song conjures up childhood memory, like drinking Pepsi and watching Ababa Tesfaye on ETV. There was a hint of sadness in her voice as she recalls those times passed….

    Woy gud… like drinking Pepsi and watching Ababa Tesfaye….

    What strange ‘past memories’ to talk about in a country like Ethiopia!

    Yet another example of the delusion in the nearly microscopic middle class who are typically ignorant of their miniscule size in relation to the rest of the country?

    If by some marvel, every human born within the borders of this nation was to be questioned and counted I’d wager that more than 99 percent of the people haven’t had anything remotely close to such ‘memories’…

    We need to wake up to the truth that life as experienced by the vast majority of the people in Ethiopia is entirely, diametrically, almost incomprehensibly different from what the chatter on the airwaves and the rush in the few cities will have one believe… but then who are the ones who narrate to us ceaselessly the state of affairs? Who has a grip on the mike? the *tiny* fraction existing in that short scale of middle-class and upwards…

    And sadly, there is no sight of professional classes emerging allowing guaranteed passage to middle-class stability for the downtrodden who apply themselves to master the facts and skills offered through modern education….

    Artists in such a desperate and confused nation should search and find within themselves the power to channel eternal/timeless virtues in any of the many different ways possible… One way could be foreign-dwelling artists showing up at home and dropping some catchy tunes and furnishing a jaded public with skills or somewhat unconventional quirkiness…

    But how about those with roots here… deep underground… Who’ve lived the hard life… seen the desperation… those who know how most exist? I wonder when we can be able to use music as a rally to inarguable virtues we need to be reminded of as indidivuals and as economic/ethinic classes

    Perhaps we’ve all been beaten repeatedly with the blunt force of political use of music and songs for hundereds of years… from the Fukeras and shililtas… to the Communist craze with rallying songs…to even more use of songs as revolutionary tools… People might just be too jaded… Look at all those recent group “message songs”… AIDS, Olympic athletes…etc… Something more creative, more raw, more personal… Somethign from someone who’s been there… Something Springsteen – leHabeshoch…

    • Diana
      February 26, 2011 at 7:36 am

      I know I’m crazy late, but I just discovered Jorg and Munit, and had just seen your lengthy comment.
      Might I just say that I am deeply grateful for someone to voice my very own thoughts so eloquently and clearly. Dont let my name fool you, I am a full blood Ethiopian, born and raised in the heart and soul of Addis.
      Though it is true, like you said, our shortage of artists, not just vocalists, who would verbalize our quieted screams, who would show the world what truly goes on behind our smiles. You are absolutely and completely right. There is more to Ethiopian memories than Ababa Tesfaye and Pepsi games.
      I made a recent move to the States, and as one may well know should one go through the same thing, I have been more inclined to listen to Ethiopian music and read about Ethiopia far more than I had done than when I was in Ethiopia. Call it nostalgia or homesickness. I have come to realize that it is not in fact the ravage of poverty I remember, or like to remember, it is not the rusted tin roofs of most houses, nor the millions who die of AIDS or lack of health institutions. Where as those truly press on my mind, when I am dreaming of my Ethiopia, the Ethiopia that gave me the greatest childhood, the best of friends, the innocence that lasted way longer than it would have had I been raised here, i only think of the things Munit cares to mention. The ‘Etan’ that bellows from the tiny coal, the ‘buna’ you can smell from miles away, the carefree attitude of the people, MY people, wonderful sunday mornings with my family who actually went to church!
      i dont think one understands the beauty of Addis as fully as when one is away from her! I am with you, Ethiopia has far greater griefs to cry over, far more peril to shoulder… But just as much, if not more, Ethiopia is beautiful. Ethiopia gave us so much happiness, innocence and wonder. And I, for one, am not going to come down on Munit for expressing that part of Addis and Ethiopia. The Ethiopia I love to love. I love Munit all the more for it.

  12. July 1, 2008 at 9:41 am

    Of course, Munit. If you came to Spain, I`ll be very glad to meet you. But I`m not a music mananger and i can`t organizate a event. But if you stay here sometime, please contac us http://www.mamaetiopia.blogspot.com
    (Arete, excuse me again)

  13. miss.
    July 2, 2008 at 9:07 am

    I am sorry to say Wendu that you got her all wrong… She never said in her music that all Ethiopians have the same memories… she was reminiscing on her own past, nothing more… For all we know only fox who have had their childhoods in major cities may have been familiar with Ababa Tesfaye and the “Game” Pepsi…

    Her lyrics to my understanding don’t imply anything to the effect that the majority of Ethiopians live in total poverty…

    I completely understand your frustrations… but it seems like your “anger” is misplaced…

  14. August 21, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    Wendu, I like your thoughts. They make sense to me. I do have to say that like miss (thank you) replied, it was the game pepsi, which is a childhood game, which children play… and i think all children have memories of those… and ababa tesfaye, that’s precious to me because our neighborhood children, from our very mixed class neighborhood, used to come together to be entertained in one house where there was one t.v. for the entire area… and it was our collective joy.

    FYI, some of the rest of the lyrics talk of family values and a time of more collective survival, where neighbors cared as parents did… so it tries in its one song amongst a collective way of trying to conjure up ideals that were better than the individualism that reigns in the urban center… which is where i reside and which is what i can relate to.

    I still like your ideas and thought your frustration at a misquoted one line was more than it deserved… but yes we should and i do and will continue to use my podium and mic that i’ve been blessed to have access to for the betterment of all peoples as i know how… i can write to what i know and that is something that continues to grow and expand and so is not a static expression of only middle class dreams/thoughts etc.

    also as artists, like all humans, i believe we have the “right” if you will, to express our own personal thoughts aspirations and realities, be it emotional, rational or philosophical, as we also could have the obligation to address the bigger badder mess….

    but thought i’d respond here because your passion comes from a good place that i also live in… and wanted to say a word or two… (or many)



  15. September 18, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    To enjoy some of the music: http://www.myspace.com/jorgandmunit

  16. October 13, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Sorry, Arefe, I will use your blog to thanks to Munit for upload the videos in the web.
    And of course, thank you too for let uws know Munit.

  17. October 29, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Arefe
    The world is too short. Today I friend of mine write in our blog (we have a post about Muni’s vidies in Youtube) and tell us that Muni is her friend. She and Munit study in the same school in Massachusets. I`m trying to contac with Munit but tha mail in no work.

  18. mulugeta
    November 3, 2008 at 11:43 am

    wow wow wow!!!!!!!!!!! i realy love ur music. it’s hard to find ur music here in addis so think of it.

  19. Timi
    December 7, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    ya’all should come to Club Alize….to see more beautiful performances!!! its on every Sundays……see u zer!!!!! 🙂

  20. April 14, 2009 at 8:24 pm




    (and carlos, who was it that studied with me?)

  21. April 14, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Also music can be found @ Mahmood Muzika Bet & Irie Muzika Bet in Addis 🙂

  22. April 25, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Hi Arefe I want to send you the link whith Muni`s video but i just see she was more fast tham me.

    Munit, she is Ariele Foster.
    I enjoy a lot whit Noro Noro
    Thanks agian.

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