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Bahta Gèbrè-Heywèt


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Adigrat, Tigray province, Northern Ethiopia (1943 – 1972)

Bahta Gèbrè-Heywèt was born April 1943 in Adigrat, Tigray province, Northern Ethiopia. He became a singer after a successful wager. Egged on by friends, he was selected, along with Girma Bèyènè, from a field of 70 candidates, to become a singer with the Ras Band. He was barely 18 years old. The Ras Band was then one of the first hotel bands composed entirely of Ethiopians. They were excellent musicians who came from the first Imperial Body Guard Band and who had resigned after the failed coup d’état of 1960. In 1965 the orchestra was lured away by the new Ghion Hotel and was renamed the Ghion Band. In 1972 Bahta gave up singing to become an accountant at the Ambassador Cinema. He still lives in Addis Ababa and hopes one day to return to the stage.


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  • megajosh2

    I don't get it. Is he a trumpet player too? The biography doesn't mention that at all but the focus of the track I'm listening to is the trumpet soloist and the picture is of a guy playing a trumpet.

    28 Dec 2011 Reply
  • sayfuddeen

    .......جـــــــــــــزاك الله

    28 Jun 2010 Reply
  • sayfuddeen

    .........ما شاء الله, ما شاء الله

    28 Jun 2010 Reply
  • selcukalhan

    this guy is great and no shout here. it is a great shame.

    11 Nov 2009 Reply

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