Awesome Ethiopian music piano performance by Ethiopian Idol judge (official music video)
There is a lot of talent in Ethiopian music these years but there is no plethora of female jazz singers. Yeshi is one of the few and she is good. Her debut album Qene was a massive hit. Yeshi says “I wanted to present the Ethiopian scales in a new way and forward our music to the rest of the world,” she explains. More than anything else it was the video for the title song that elevated Yeshi into musical fame. Shot at Taitu hotel – Ethiopia’s oldest hotel and home to the Jazzamba jazz club – it is arguably one of the most stylish Ethiopian music videos made (yes, it is light years ahead of Teddy Afro’s pompous Tekur Sew video). Where the majority of Ethiopian music videos still take place in fields and feature heavy shoulder dancing, Qene appears as a scene from Boardwalk Empire while the music itself is best described with Yeshi’s own words as ‘smooth Ethio fusion jazz’.