In Addis Ababa you can find Ethiocolor most Fridays at the Fendika Azmari Bet, a small club owned by the leader of the band, the mercurial dancer of modest demeanour, Melaku Belay. Amplified krar, masenqo fiddle, percussion and electric bass galvanise the grooves for the singers and the frequent bouts of eye-popping body-popping from Melaku. He brought himself up from orphan street kid in Addis Ababa to become Ethiopia's most internationally renowned dancer, busy with collaborations (tours with Dutch post-punkers The Ex and Ethiopian sax giant Getatchew Mekuria), solo performances and workshops around the world, while at home he runs the club and supports a school for street-kids. In Ethiocolor he has gathered together a dedicated team of musicians to bring the sounds of a Friday night at the Fendika club to the world stage.
Selam Sounds is releasing the debut album of Ethiocolor, which is produced by the Swedish musician/producer Andreas Unge. The album is recorded in Selam's studio in Addis Abeba. For more info regarding the release, you can find out more from Selam's stand at the Womex tradefare, Swedish at Womex Stand no 1:60!