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Alemayehu Eshete

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Alemayehu Eshete (Amharic: ዓለማየሁ እሸቴ; French pronunciation: Alèmayèhu Eshèté; June 1941[1] – 2 September 2021) was an Ethiopian jazz singer. His career began in the 1960s. Most of his music was in Amharic. He was nicknamed "the Ethiopian Elvis".[2][3] Eshete was born in Jimma, Ethiopia. Eshete was popular in Europe with the release of Buda Musique's Ethiopiques series of compilations on compact disc.[4]

Eshete died on 2 September 2021 in a hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from a heart attack caused by heart disease at the age of 80.[5]


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  1. "Mort de Alèmayèhu Eshèté, showman brûlant d'Ethiopie".
  2. Gordon, Oliver (1 April 2016). "Notes from Ethiopia: the jazz revival in Addis Ababa". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  3. Presenter: Courtney Pine (10 May 2014). "Swinging Addis". The Documentary. BBC. BBC World Service. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  4. ETHIOPIQUES VOLUME 09 on Buda Musique Archived 7 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved 10 September 2012.
  5. Admin (3 September 2021). "Alemayehu Eshete, "Ethiopian Elvis Presley", reportedly died". Borkena Ethiopian News. Retrieved 3 September 2021.