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Gigi – Setting the Standard High

Yet again, Gigi has come up with a series of melodious songs. The string sections in the tracks Marena-Wotetea, Gomelaleye and Anten remind the listener of North African soothing sounds. The electrified traditional instrument, the Kirar, comes alive in Ambasale colouring Gigi’s streaming voice. The running drum and bass in many of the tracks provide the contemporary feel. Gigi is setting the standard high for Ethiopian music. This is a must listen album.


Born: 1974 in Ethiopia

Genre: World

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Ejigayehu Shibabaw, better known as Gigi, is one of the few singers from the Horn of Africa — the first since countrywoman Aster Aweke, in fact — to break through with a major-label release. Gigi grew up in rural Ethiopia, listening to traditional and church music, before moving to the capital, Addis Ababa, when she was 14. There, her musical horizons broadened, hearing the local pop music "and all kinds of American music we could get on the radio. After that I went to Kenya, and there...
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