RIP Ethiopian saxophonist Getachew Mekuria passes on at 81

Ethiopian Entertainment – News – Music in Africa contributor and the Ethiopia Observer editor Arefaynie Fantahun wrote an obituary for the great Ethiopian saxophonist Getachew Mekuria. Here is an extract.

Influential Ethiopian jazz saxophonist Getachew Mekuria died on Monday 4 April, aged 81.

Ethiopian saxophonist Getachew Mekuria passes on at 81- 2016
Getachew, whose career spanned 68 years and gained international recognition when he joined forces with Dutch avant-garde punk band the EX, was a key figure in the history of modern Ethiopian music, playing important roles in synthesising cosmopolitan and Ethiopian sounds that led to what has been called the “golden age” of Ethiopian popular music.

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