Girma Bèyènè

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Girma Bèyènè, born in Addis Ababa,[1] is a popular Ethiopian lyricist, composer, arranger, vocalist, and pianist, most active during the golden era of Ethiopian vinyl records (1969–78). He only recorded four songs as a vocalist, but arranged more than 60 titles, and collaborated on at least 25 other tracks.[2] Girma left Ethiopia during the Derg military dictatorship to live in the United States, where he disappeared into the diaspora and ceased to play music.[2] He released a new album in 2017, part of the Ethiopiques collection.[3]


Contributing artist
Lead artist
  • Éthiopiques Volume 30: "Mistakes On Purpose", Girma Bèyènè & Akalé Wubé (2017, Buda Musique)


  1. ^ "Girma Bèyènè - Biography",
  2. ^ a b "Afropop Worldwide - Francis Falceto-Ethiopia: Empire and Revolution". Afropop Worldwide.
  3. ^ "New 'Ethiopiques' CD Celebrates Legend Girma Beyene at Tadias Magazine".

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