John Grinling, who contributed a section on live music to the latest edition of Bradt Ethiopia, has forwarded me the following updated information:
About live music in Addis Abeba
Here is some updated information about live music venues in Addis Abeba
|Mamas Kitchen – 21h30||Sheraton||Others|
|Sunday||Express Band||Jolly Bar 23h : Live band and singers|
|Monday||22h30 : Jam Session + Nubian Ark|
|Tuesday||Express Band + Getachew Kassa + Ayou + Michael Lema||Flirt 22h : Zagol Band|
|Wednesday||20h : Zagol Band||Absinthe 21 – 23h : Hasset Acoustic Band + Betty|
|Thursday||Lubac Acoustic Band + Tsegaye Eschetu||20h : Zemen Band + Vahé||Flirt 22h : Zagol Band
Jupiter 19-21h : Soul Night with Hasset Melody
Club Illusion 22h : Shewandagne + Tsedenia
|Friday||Zion Band + Girma||20h : Zemen Band + Vahé||Jubilee : 22h – Eshee Havana – Salsa
Jams : 21h30 – Imperial Majestic Band with Sydney Salmon
Fendika : Jazz
Doo bar (Arat K.) : Bilenge Group
|Saturday||Lubac Acoustic Band + Alemayu Eshete + Yedenekachewo + Tsedenya||21h30 : Zagol Band||Jams 23h : Imperial Majestic Band with Sydney Salmon
Mama’s Kitchen is a very reliable venue for live music. On each evening of the week, except Wednesdays for the time being, some of the best bands of Addis Abeba play there. Performances start around 21h, except the well-attended Jam Sessions on Mondays that usually begin after 22h. Mama’s Kitchen is on the lower part of Bole rd, after the Wollo Sefer roundabout, on the 4th floor in the Friendship bld.
Two excellent bands liven up the Office Bar at the somehow grandiose Sheraton Hotel. They usually play from 8 PM on, except on Saturdays, when Zagol Band starts around 9’30 PM. Unfortunately, the audience seem often more interested in being seen at the Sheraton discussing with friends rather than to listen to the excellent musicians…
Besides playing on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Sheraton, the proficient Zagol Band perform around 10 PM on Tuesdays and after 11 on Thursdays at the homely Flirt Lounge close de Edna Mall, opposite the entrance road to the Beer Garden Inn.
For reggae music lovers, the place to go to is Jams Addis, a club situated 400 m. beyond Yod Abyssinia at Bole Medhane Alem. The seasoned Imperial Majestic Band now plays both on Fridays at 9’30 PM and Saturdays after 11 PM.
Ras Kawintseb, an experienced and sophisticated Reggae Man, now shows up on Fridays with his musicians at the Cork Wine Bar at 9’30 PM, on the left side of CMC rd., some 500m before the CMC compound.
Virtuoso British percussionist Eshee Havana’s all Ethiopian salsa band plays usually around 22h in new surroundings, the Jubilee Lounge and Restaurant, on Fridays. They conjure up a powerful Latino pulse that sends dazzling couples spinning. The Lounge is located on an “unnamed street” that runs parallel to Mike Leyland Str. towards the east. It is close to the well-known Yohannis Kitfo Beit. Kitfo is raw beef mixed with spices and butter.
And for the time being, I would recommend going to the famous Jolly Bar at Arat Kilo on Sundays. Some of the best musicians and singers play there after 11 PM.
For other venues, you might want to check on Internet for concerts at the H2O, at Villa Verde, at Club Illusion and other venues mentioned the board above.