Roha Band — Instrumental Music

Ethiopia's Roha Band

Side A

Track 1

Track 2

Track 3

Track 4

Track 5

Side B

Track 6

Track 7

Track 8

Track 9

Track 10

Instrumental titans, backing band to so many stars of Ethiopian popular music, Roha Band made this seminal tape in the early 1980s I think. Even if you’ve heard tons of Ethiopian music from the “golden age” and beyond, check this out. Very surprising expansion on the well-deserved impression that music-making in Addis has been powerful and brilliant over the years (and still is).

Over the decades, Roha Band has backed every great Ethiopian singer you can think of, more or less.

Thanks to Guillaume for this!

15 responses to “Roha Band — Instrumental Music”

  1. Gregg A Evans says:

    super great thanks

  2. Skye says:

    Thanks Brian! Loved the tape with Aster Aweke too. You’re a real awesome guy, introducing random folks like me to all this great music.

  3. JVR says:

    Fantastic release! Thanks a million. I would love to know the track names if anyone can translate?

  4. Théo says:

    Wow ! Track #6 is my fav !!

  5. Bora says:

    unbelievable ….researching old ethiopian releases is like exploring entire new universe … always pop up new, excellent things. thanks a lot for this rarity!

  6. wondirad says:

    still you get more research you may get more.pls oldes muluken melesse music is it possible to order the casset.

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  9. olaf says:

    This is definitely from the second half of the 1980s. I remember.

  10. Diallo Khari says:

    so they’re like the Ethiopian Booker T and the MGs…

  11. rik says:

    I listened several times to this tape and for sure it sticks to you. Only know Addis Ababa airport as I flew several times with Ethiopian airways to get to Zim. But every time ,even visiting the airport is a treat. Love the culture, the food and the music. If I make one day enough money to visit the country I think I will sleep in the clubs, just to enjoy the music.

  12. Rik says:

    But a booker T with big plus.

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