Not so much of an introduction for most who come from East Africa or to the “World Music” connoisseurs. This Ethiopian legend came to the world of music in the early 80’s under the Electra Sounds ( local Ethiopian music label). She built major notoriety on her first duet single Harer featuring then new comer but current legend Neway Debebe a reminiscent and nostalgic song about her birth city of Harer.
Today after six studio albums and countless feature projects, Her incredible voice and timeless arrangements appeal to traditional and modern tastes alike worldwide. She has consistently sold out shows from Global festivals to local concerts for the past 30 plus years.
While currently working on her 7th album, Hamelmal had expressed the need to collaborate with producers and musicians alike in order to create an unique sound the world would love.
Here is one of the best known collaboration to date, recorded in 1990 with the world renown Roha Band.