Live Music in Addis – Sep 2017 update

Many thanks to John Grinling for this latest overview of the capital’s music scene:

Venues and performers might be changed with no warning. It can be useful to check the information available on Internet, especially on Facebook, beforehand

Sunday

Gebeta / 17h :                                                                            Hasset Acoustic band

Mama’s Kitchen / 17h :                                     Qarya Grooves (Ethio jazz and singers)

M.K. /20h – 23h :                                                                      Various singers : Jazz, Ethiopian music, reggae

Stockholm Elegance./ 23h :                                              Zemen Band with Michael Belayneh

Flirt / 22h :                                                                                   Asiyo Band with Dawit Melese

 

Monday

Gebeta / 19h :                                                                            Ahadou B and with Kuku Sebsebe

Baritone / 21h30 :                                                                   Jam Session with Nubian Ark

Stockholm Elegance / 23h :                                               Asiyo Band with Shewandagn Hailu

 

Tuesday

Office Bar Sheraton / 20h30 – 23h                               Tanos Quintet Jazzband (Ethio-Jazz and Ethiopian singers)

Avenue Lounge / :21h                                                          Hasset Acoustic Band with Getachew Kassa

Flirt / 22h :                                                                                   Addis Groove Band

V Lounge / 22h :                                                                       Live Band with singer Fiker Addis

 

Wednesday

Office Bar Sheraton / 20h30 – 23h                                 Tigi’s Band (Ethiopian and international music)

Shebeta / 22h :                                                                          Dawit Melese, Kuku Sebsebe, Yohana

Stockholm Elegance / 22h30h :                    Asiyo Band with Temesgen Gebregziabher

V Lounge / 22h :                                                                     Tsegaye Eshetu, Addis Gurmase, Temesgen Tefese with Live Band

Thursday

Jupiter Hotel / 19-21h30 :                                                 Jazz Night with Bibisha and Cie

Monarch Hotel / 18h-21h :                                               Jazz Night

V Lounge / 22h :                                                                       Live Band with singer Fiker Addis

Stockholm Elegance / 22h30h :                    Asiyo Band with Getesh Mamo

 

Friday

Monarch Hotel / 18h-21h :                                               Acoustic Band

Office Bar Sheraton / 20h30 – 23h                                 Zemen Band (International music)

V Lounge / 22h :                                                                       Live Band with Dawit Tsiye

Stockholm Elegance / 22h :                                               Live band with Getesh Mamo

Fendika Cultural Club / 21h :                                            Live Jazz and Ethiopian traditional dance and music

V Lounge 22h :                                                                          Live band with Dawit Tsige

 

Saturday

Office Bar Sheraton / 20h30 – 23h                                 Zagol Band (International music)

Villa Verde / 22h :                                                                   Imperial Majestic Band with Sydney Salmon (Reggae)

V Lounge 22h :                                                                           Live Band with Abenet Girma

 

Some comments about these venues

Office bar at the Sheraton Hotel : Very reliable concerts starting at 20h30 until 23h, with a break of 20 minutes at 21h30. Saturday’s performance starts one hour later, at 21h30. On Tuesday, the Jazz Quintet proposes a different fare than the mixed international music heard on other evenings. Both Zemen and Zagol band are excellent, but the large and sophisticated public on Thursdays clearly doesn’t come for the music but for mundanities. The general mood is better on the other nights, especially on Saturday’s with Zagol Band. (Bradt Travel Guide Ethiopia, map p. 155, D/5)

V Lounge on Guinea Conakry Str. stands three hundred meters on the right away from the Intercontinental Hotel. It proposes superlative modern Ethiopian music every day of the week, except Monday apparently, starting around 22h. (Bradt Travel Guide Ethiopia, map p. 159, C/2)

Stockholm Elegance is a fine club located on Cameroun str, 100 m. on the right after Edna Mall going down the road. Very lively performances by several of the best bands playing in Addis on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays starting around 22h. (Bradt Travel Guide Ethiopia, map p. 159, G/6)

The Baritone, just opposite Stockholm Elegance (see above) hosts the famous Monday’s Jam Session attended by a large audience and many talented musicians. Starts around 21h30. (Bradt Travel Guide Ethiopia, map p. 159, G/6)

The latest embodiment of Mama’s Kitchen is now it the same building as Baritone (see above). It features Qarya Groves at 18h on Sundays, an remarkable band issued form the Ethiojazz tradition.

MK Restaurant, opposite Shegger House on Cameroun str., stages fine live music on Sundays from 20h on. (Bradt Travel Guide Ethiopia, map p. 159, F/5)

Gebeta restaurant is further down Cameroun street on your right, after you passed the large Medhane Alem church on your left. . (Bradt Travel Guide Ethiopia, map p. 159, H/8)

Flirt is another classy venue opposite the Beer Garden, on the road crowded with 4 stars hotels off Edna Mall. Great music starting around 22h on Tuesdays and Sundays. (Bradt Travel Guide Ethiopia, map p. 159, F/7)

The Jupiter International Hotel proposes a regular lounge- bar concert since many years on Thursdays at 19h. (Bradt Travel Guide Ethiopia, map p. 155, F/6)

Monarch Hotel presents 2 early concerts on Thursday and Friday starting at 18h in the front garden. (Bradt Travel Guide Ethiopia, map p. 159, F/6)

Reggae fans can enjoy the famed Imperial Majestic Band on Saturday’s after 22h at Villa Verde, near the roundabout of Meskel Flower, several kms down Gabon Street going south from Olympia Circle on Bole rd. (Bradt Travel Guide Ethiopia, map p. 148, just off B/7)

Fendika Cultural Center  is a known Azmari Beit (minstrels cabaret) in Kasantchis area that also organizes a well-attended Jazz concert on Fridays around 21h. It is located on Zewditu street, aprox fifty meters before its junction with Guinea Konakry Str. (Bradt Travel Guide Ethiopia, map p. 155, G/5)

The Shebeta Dance club & nightclub can be found on Mike Leyland Str. just before it crosses Cameroun str. (Bradt Travel Guide Ethiopia, map p. 159, E/4)

 

Last but not least, two settings propose wonderful recreation every night in a slightly grubbier environment: the Piano Bar on Bole rd., just beside Novis Supermarket, offers very catchy live music, with dancing girls from time to time. (Bradt Travel Guide Ethiopia, map p. 159, E/7)

And the famous Azmari Beit named Messafint’s Cabaret, to be found also behind, the Shoa supermarket off Bole road, specializes in more traditional and buoyant show. (Bradt Travel Guide Ethiopia, map p. 158, C/6)

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2 thoughts on “Live Music in Addis – Sep 2017 update

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