Alemayehu Eshetie, 75, one of the renowned musicians, has a great blueprint in the history of Ethiopian modern music in his Ethio-Jazz style, has officially been announced his retirement from music for the reason that he wants to turn his face and devote more time to family and spiritual life, he told Tadias Addis radio show.
“I better give Glory to the Almighty in the rest of my life and spend more time with my family,” he said.
He, however, expressed that, “in a very rare moments, there will be opportunities of performing his music’s with social values like “Temar Lije” and “Man yihon tiru sew?”
“If I am healthy, I will be happy to thank the Almighty with my own hymn,” he said, adding that, “I need a calm life than always sing worldly music and dance”.
He was in a deteriorated health condition before. But now he is feeling very well.
He went on to say that he seek to thank the public whom he said told him both his strengths and weakness while he was singing.
In the meantime, a committee to colorfully celebrate his 75th birthday has already been established. Regarding that, he said that he has been aware about it just two weeks ago.
“May God respect them,” he blessed the members of the committee.
“Yewoinharegitu”, “Endamora”, Temar Lije”, “Addis Abebe Betie” and “Demeke Mishitu” are some of his greatest hits.
Alemayehu Eshetie, an Ethio-Jazz singer, has been performed since the 1960s and nicknamed “The Ethiopian Elvis”, some says because he used to dress impressively.
He was born in Jimma City. Eshetie’s talent was recognized by Colonel Retta Demeqe who invited the young singer to perform with Addis Abeba’s famous Police Orchestra. Eshetie has his first hit “Seul” in 1961 before moving on to found the orchestra “Alem Girma” Band with Girma Beyene. Over the course of 15 years, Eshetie released some 30 singles until the arrival of the communist Derg junta, which forced Eshtie into exile.
Alemayehu Eshetie has since gained fame in Europe and the Americans with the release of Buda Musique Ethiopiques series of compilations on compact disc. Ethiopiques Volume 9 is devoted entirely to recordings of Eshetie’s earlier music and volume 22 covers his carrier between 1972 and 1974.
Other songs have also appeared on volumes 3,8,10, and 13 or the series. In 2008 he toured the U.S. with fellow Ethiopian singer Mahmoud Ahmed, backed by Boston’s 10-piece Either/Orchestra.