GÉTATCHÈW MÈKURYA
World Fusion / (Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion • Ethiopia

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Gétatchèw Mèkurya (Amharic: ጌታቸው መኩሪያ; 14 March 1935 – 4 April 2016) was an Ethiopian jazz saxophonist.

Mekurya was born on 14 March 1935, in Yifat, Ethiopia. He began his musical studies on traditional Ethiopian instruments such as the krar and the masenqo, and later moved on to the saxophone and clarinet. Upon reaching adolescence, he began his professional career in 1949 as a part of the Municipality Band in Addis Ababa. In 1955 he joined the house band at Addis' Haile Selassie I Theatre, and in 1965 joined the famous Police Orchestra. He was also one of the first musicians to record an instrumental version of shellela, a genre of traditional Ethiopian vocal music sung by warriors before going into battle. Mekurya took the shellela tradition seriously, often appearing onstage in a warrior's animal-skin tunic and lion's mane headdress. He continued to refine his instrumental shellela style, recording an entire
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Getatchew Mekuria and his Saxophone (aka Ethiopian Urban Modern Music Vol. 5)
World Fusion 1972
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Éthiopiques 14: Negus Of Ethiopian Sax
World Fusion 2003
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Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex & Guests ‎: Moa Anbessa
(Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion 2006
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Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex & Friends : Y'Anbessaw Tezeta
(Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion 2012

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