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Artist Profiles: Mahmoud Ahmed

Mahmoud Ahmed

Mahmoud Ahmed’s story is that of a kid raised in the streets of Addis-Ababa who began as a shoeshine boy before becoming one of his country’s leading stars and the person who opened Ethiopia’s musical doors to the Western world.

The ten tracks of his album Live in Paris, recorded at the Theatre de la Ville, feature music at the crossroads of Afro-beat, Latin swing and oriental arabesques. However, it is Ahmed?s astonishingly rich, original and powerful vocals that are the true star of the show. In a field of great performers, no other artist captures the spirit of Ethiopian song like Mahmoud Ahmed.

Several of Mahmoud Ahmed’s recordings were reissued on CD under the Éthiopiques series: Volume 6, 7, 19 and 26.

Partial discography

Almaz, with Ibex Band (1973)
Alèmyé (1974)
Erè Mèla Mèla (1975)
Soul of Addis (Earthworks, 1997)
Slow Collections (Sounds of Abyssinia, 1998)
Live In Paris (Long Distance, 1998)
Yitbarek (Yene Production, 2003)
Tizita Vol. 1 (AIT Records, 2003)
Tizita Vol. 2 (AIT Records, 2003)


Ethiogroove: Mahmoud Ahmed & Either/Orchestra (EthioSonic, 2007)
Éthiopiques Live: Mahmoud Ahmed, Alemayehu Eshete & Badume’s Band (Innacor, 2009)


World Music institute to Present Masters of African Music

Mahmoud Ahmed

The World Music institute will present top African world music artists in New York City as part of its Masters of African Music series.

Acclaimed Ethiopian acts Mahmoud Ahmed and Hailu Mergia are scheduled to perform on September 15, 2017 at The Town Hall. Both artists appeared in the influential Éthiopiques compilation series that highlighted the finest Ethiopian artists over the past 20 years. Recording available: Ethiopiques, Vol. 7: Ere Mela Mela.

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 are set to perform on September 20, 2017 at the Brooklyn Bowl. Seun Kuti is one of the sons of Afrobeat trailblazer Fela Kuti. He leads his father’s band Egypt 80. recordings: From Africa With Fury, Seun Kuti + Fela’s Egypt 80, and A Long Way To The Beginning.

Jazz Epistles featuring celebrated South African musicians Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya and Hugh Masekela will perform on April 19, 2018 at the BAM Opera House.

Tickets are available at www.worldmusicinstitute.org, or by calling 212-279-4200.