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Zeritu deliveres memorable performance

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One of the biggest stars in poplar Ethiopian music, Zeritu Kebede delivered what should turn out to be the most memorable performance of the Ethiopian Music Festival on Saturday night, May 23.
Zertitu accompanied by the accomplished bassist Henok Temsgen, saxophonist Jorg Mesfin, drummer Natnael Tesema, pianist Samuel Yirga and back up singer Yeshi Yilma played for a crowd of about 400 people on Saturday night at the open air event.
Compared to the last month’s Ghion hotel concert, this was a small crowd but the setting felt and sounded intimate.
After taking stage,Zeritu started with “alekefam” and within moments, the audience was joyfully singing along. There was concentration on her face, precisions in her voice and she nailed the tunes perfectly from top to bottom.
While performance was admirable, a few technical glitches marred the start, forcing her to stop singing for few minutes. To make up for the time Jorg delivered a fantastic sax solo.
After the problem was fixed, Zeritu started crooning some of her known anguished love songs.
Another hit “Deg abate, Kifu balua” , in which she address her loving father who she said was undutiful, unkind and cruel to her mother was palyed with sound of sadness and whinhing.
For a salute to the late Tilahun Gessese and Minilik Wosenachew she played slightly reworked version of Tilahun’s “Weatatua” turning it into “wetau” and an acoustic rendition of Minilik’s hit “Sile wubetau sasib”.
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Zeritu also played one piece form her soon-to be released album.
Most fans were impressed. Audience members in the first row were shouting Asmat nesh (You are magic).
Zeritu who began her career singing in English in her mid-teens is highly melodic vocalist with a deep sense of the blues.
It seemed an hour and a half wasn’t just enough as people were leaving the space wanting more.
Presented by the French Institute Alliance Française, the festival would be closing tomorrow with an performance from a group that plays Ethiopian reggae.
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  1. Samri
    May 27, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    I am not impressed with her dress which is not approprate for a pregant woman.what was she thingking when she chose to wear this?

  2. Yaya
    May 28, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Nice pic of Zeritu.Thanks for sharing.

  3. Anon
    May 28, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    I like Zeritu but she annoys me for anglicizing the Amharic language.she should try to pronounce Amharic the way it should be -in Amharic.

  4. Melese Zenawi
    June 3, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Well! Well! Well! Zeritu is a disaster waiting to happen! Hold it,please I’m not saying that she doesn’t have talent,but she should STOP recycling 70s and 80s western hit songs. Maybe she can get away with the newer and the X generation but for us who are from the “Old Skool” 🙂 we know…If she can come up with her own ORIGINAL work with music then I have no doubt that she can deliver.

  5. Aboy Sebhat
    June 3, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Wa! Anta entay ateweka!

  6. Miki
    June 11, 2009 at 2:38 am

    Hey people. Stop saying stupid things about Zeritu. She has talent and she is a perfrect entertainer. Go Zeritu! The Queen Of musica!

  7. dayodi
    July 13, 2009 at 10:31 am

    I really appreciate her. I have no problem with her fashion or accent infact I am a huge fan. why? coz that’s the kinda artist our country needs. I am sick of the old stereotypes, for God’s fellow habeshas please let’s for once encourage modernization!! Now what I want from her is to star in a movie.

  8. Birhanu
    May 15, 2010 at 9:19 am

    wow she have a good talent I cant say any thing about it except that I love her music. please keep it up

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