The 1960s and early 70s are regarded as the “golden age” of Ethiopian pop music. It unfortunately came to an end with the rise to power of the military junta. During those years Ethiopian music absorbed a variety of influences from pop, rock and jazz, and local superstars such as Mahmoud Ahmed, Alemayehu Eshete and Aster Aweke created a series of eternal hits that are popular in Ethiopia to this day.
Saxophonist and vocalist Abatte Barihun, the outstanding Israeli-Ethiopian musician, leads the Tesfa band. Tesfa means hope in Amharic. These young musicians present traditional-folk songs and melodies, combined with a tribute to the inspiration of the golden age. The ensemble translates the enthusiasm, the longing and the sense of joy in this music to song and dance that fill the heart and move the feet.
Abatte Barihun, saxophone, composition, musical management; Masai Birheno, vocals, Nati Baltah, vocals, Zlalam Pishah, keyboard, Sayum Desa, saxophone, Ariel Moriah, guitar, Ben Idelstein, bass, Noam Charchi, drums