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A Talk with Teferi Assefa, Drummer

Teferi Assefa is a quiet, at times effervescent, and friendly person. A returnee from the United States, this thirty-eight-year-old drummer is one of the new generations of musicians leading the budding jazz scene in town. His entire life is centered on music. He is busy performing regularly, researching, and teaching.
Since childhood, Teferi has found his own sound on the drum. Influenced by a range of musical traditions, his percussion style was a key element of the Urban Vibes band’s distinctive sound that played recently at the acacia jazz festival. It is great to watch him play— the beat of his bass drum holding everything together. Not loud-felt more than heard. He hits a beat or drops an explosion on the tom-tom, making the drums ‘speak’ in a passionate and moody voice.
Find the full story at the Ethiopia Observer.

  1. April 12, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Hi Arefe,
    Your jazz blog is terrific. You clearly have the passion and poetry for jazz writing.
    I will mention your blog on Sunday. I will include along with a link to your site.
    The world’s a small place.

  2. April 13, 2011 at 11:17 am

    It was very nice to have the insights of a true born star, seeing Teferi’s love of music from childhood days right up to the present day and future aspirations was engaging.
    I fully endorse the need for Jazz music collaborations.

  3. Seife
    April 13, 2011 at 4:07 pm


    I enjoyed the story, it is wonderful. Ah Saint Joe band, I start to reminisce here. What a band it was! I wonder if they are still doing it.
    I came across woudasse band on youtube. Here is a link to it (in fact it has a two million hits)

  4. Hailu
    April 15, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Nice story. I am one of his students. Though there were a couple of things that I wanted to know about Teferi which are not answered in the profile.
    Like why does he drive an old Peugeot car?


  5. Martha Tefera
    April 26, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Peugeot is a good car, what is wrong in driving an old peugeot?????? enjoyed your story on Jazz musicians.

  6. Ribika
    April 29, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Hi Arefe, there was this drummer called Tamrat Kebede (Loti) who was member of Demera Band. Do you have any idea about his whereabouts?

    • Esa
      January 13, 2012 at 11:12 am

      Tamrat Loti has died many years ago. RIP Loti!!!

  7. Imu
    July 22, 2011 at 5:29 am

    I missed you little bro.

  8. kitty
    December 30, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    I am very proud of you Teferi. Keep your eyes on the prize. For the shallow person who claim to be one of the lucky people to be his student, please use this opportunity to learn from a genius or go find a way to work with cars.

    • sk
      October 6, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      You’re a great and awesome uncle .Keep up with your great work , I am so proud of you.
      And I love you soooooooooooo…… much!

  9. ab
    January 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    am proud to be your student

  10. Ad
    June 10, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Teferi is one of the greatest drummers alive, period. Seeing him play is so inspirational..
    And the Peugeot is big enough to carry his drums..

  11. sk
    June 5, 2013 at 3:17 am

    keep up with your great work and talent. your dream was to give back to your people and take Ethiopian music beyond and above. it makes me feel so good and proud to be an Ethiopian when I see people like who are talented, educated and mostly who do not see themselves they are better. you are always willing to share your knowledge and help others to fulfill their dreams. Proud of you and may God protect you , bless you . one of your fans

  1. April 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm

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