Mahmoud Ahmed

Musician (Ethiopia)

| Utne Reader September / October 2007

Ahmed spent his formative years in Addis Ababa listening to music by the Imperial Body Guard Band and the famous Ethiopian singer Tlahoun Gèssèssè before heading into central Addis and shining shoes for a living. He found a job at the Arizona Club, one of few 'semilegal' clubs then permitted by Emperor Haile Selassie. The club became a favorite haunt of the Imperial Body Guard Band, and Ahmed eventually joined the band before recording in his own right. He was discovered by the West through the groundbreaking Éthiopiques series released by Buda Musique in the late 1990s.

Go back to >> The Top 50 African Artists

Pay Now Save $5!

Utne Summer 2016Want to gain a fresh perspective? Read stories that matter? Feel optimistic about the future? It's all here! Utne Reader offers provocative writing from diverse perspectives, insightful analysis of art and media, down-to-earth news and in-depth coverage of eye-opening issues that affect your life.

Save Even More Money By Paying NOW!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You save an additional $5 and get 4 issues of Utne Reader for only $40.00 (USA only).

Or Bill Me Later and pay just $45 for 4 issues of Utne Reader!

Facebook Instagram Twitter

click me