the innovative sounds of dawit getachew’s band
for the primary time in ethiopian track history, a younger guy’s band is taking gospel songs to another degree
the Sixties in ethiopia turned into an technology of prominent musicians who gave live musical performances on a theatrical level than that of nowadays’s developing tradition of bands acting in nightclubs supported by means of synthesizers. dawit getachew takes us lower back to that technology with his new live performance band.
dawit is a 26 year vintage young musician and composer who in 2011 gained ‘artist of the year award’ (within the male category) held in nairobi, kenya, a opposition he didn’t want to enter first of all. in an interview with addis general dawit says he had no plan to enter the opposition but “my sound engineer for the band asked me if he may want to take my cd to enter the opposition so i said ‘yes’”. but following his success in 2011, dawit changed into again nominated for the gospel class and received the 2012 east african gospel track awards.
dawit getachew has these days released a dvd of his dazzling overall performance at christmas show in december 2012 in which he carried out along side one hundred different musicians and singers on the countrywide theatre in addis ababa. with the aid of engaging the audience in this kind of profound display of his musical skills, he became also pleasant one in every of his childhood desires which was to carry out in a big band and choir. his concert involved a big brass band backed with the aid of a choir and 18 musicians, which he selected from yared tune college and students of the mekane yesus (eecmy) college of african jazz.
the beginning of his band
dawit has a deep appreciation for live music and at the same time as nonetheless on the early levels of his profession he is running on his 2nd album which brings collectively an extraordinary fusion of patterns ranging from non secular gospel track to the modern-day sounds of experimental jazz. the album is ready to have a aggregate of ethiopian gospel tune fused with global jazz songs in addition to ethio-cultural modes and sounds, which makes it the primary of its type in ethiopian music records.
now dawit getachew’s band is working with 4 other musicians and attempting to collaborate songs from his new album subsidized through zema for christ choir. as a lead singer dawit also performs the keyboard for the instrumental jazz portions. musicians blanketed in this five piece band consist of bteab kassa on bass guitar, sibehat indale on lead guitar, mulugeta geresu on drums and dr. jonovan cooper on saxaphone.
in a country where blending gospel songs with rhythms of secular music is considered as in some way an offense to the previous dawit says that “human beings are coming to understand the fusion of ethio-jazz tune now which opens up a new dimension for track within the church”.
however, his band is but to discover how easy or difficult it will be to carry out at live performance in ethiopia with out resorting to giving performances at night clubs. “there needs to be a gadget set up for musicians to perform out of doors of the night time membership environment,” he stated, “happily we have a platform on the church”.
when he isn’t always rehearsing, dawit teaches piano at the ethiopian evangelical church mekane yesus college of jazz tune; he specializes in rehearsals with his new band twice every week with tasks deliberate for bigger concert events for a nearby ethiopian excursion beginning on march 10th in awassa and finishing in mekele in addition to a greater extreme rehearsal time table ahead in practise for travelling germany later this yr while on the identical time making ready his 2nd album with his new band clean at the scenes.
when dawit getachew released his first album “tebekehalehu” (l will look ahead to you) in 2010 he played the main role having zema for christ choir on lower back-up vocals. the album went past people’s expectancies. he wrote and produced all his songs for this album, bringing a brand new and astonishing flavor to the prevailing song enterprise. with one of these profound demonstration of entrepreneurial ability in tune, we can be certain his approaching album and endured artistry will be a shining mild for a completely unique fusion of gospel songs with secular tempo as that of jazz.