Melesse was born in Gojjam, a province in northern Ethiopia. When he was six, he moved to Addis Ababa with his uncle. In 1966, aged 12, Melesse began his musical career singing at night clubs and in groups founded by night club owners, with his first song to be performed on stage, Enate Sitewoldgne Metchi Amakerchign.
His first song on vinyl was Hedetch Alu, which was recorded in 1972 by Girma Bèyènè (piano and arrangements), Tesfa Mariam Kidane (tenor sax), Tekle Adhanonm (guitar), Fekade Amde Meskel (bass), Tesfay Mekonnen (drums) and Melesse himself. In 1975, he recorded his second song, Wetetie Mare and Ete Endenesh Gedawo, with 'Equator Band', and a year later in 1976 he recorded what was to be his last song, Ney Ney Wodaje. While the remained of the band emigrated to the United States of America, Melesse remained to join the Pentecostal Church in the 1980s, having ended his musical career.
Sometime in the early 1980s Muluken became a born-again Christian, mostly associated with the Ethiopian Evangelical movement.
Muluken has supposedly been repeatedly approached to return to his secular music roots but his refusal has, as of February 2014, been steadfast.
Muluken is married and resides in Washington DC metropolitan area. He ministers by traveling all over the world. Famous songs by Melesse include Yeregeme lebe, Kumetish loga neu, Wedijesh Nebere and Tenesh Kelbe Lay. His song Nanu nanu was an old favorite.
- An album of his music, Muluken Melesse Vol. 1'' is available from AIT Records.
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- GeoCities article on Melesse, retrieved on March 10, 2007
- Melesse information page retrieved on March 10, 2007
- Fan site 'Music' page:
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