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Yehunie Belay

(202) 387-9302/3; (703) 593-9821
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Yehunie Belay (Amharic: ይሁኔ በላይ, born December 9, 1961) is an Ethiopian singer, musical writer and entrepreneur. At an early age, his exceptional musical talent got first exposure in the local kola Dega Damot regional talent group. It was in this group that Belay expanded his musical repertoire, learning among others, the unique styles of the Shankila ethnic group. In fact, Belay’s artistic talent was discovered at early age before he joined the Gojjam Gish Abay Cultural Group with whom he is famously known for.

His first album, Yagere Lij Bal Game was a hit, but it was his second back-to-back hit album Ere Ney Gibe Gibe that earned him a spot among Habesha’s renowned folk singers. Starting from his debut in 1987, Belay has risen to become a cultural ambassador of Ethiopia and Ethiopians performing to his fans throughout the world. In addition to his single hit song titled “Yegodelegne ale-Bezoro” that was released in 2011, he has released six albums to his credit.

Belay’s professional musical career started in 1987 when he was recruited into the Gojjam Gish Abay Cultural Group, a professional troupe that was touring Ethiopia throughout the 1980s and 1990s. It was after his very first televised musical performance of Antuyewa (a dramatic musical act that was so authentic and original to traditional music lovers of Ethiopia), that Belay put his great mark in Ethiopian music. His fame extended farther into the Ethiopian Community of the US, Europe and the Middle East.

Major appearances

In 2007, Belay was interviewed by Voice of America’s (VOA) African Beats program host David Vande. In the interview, that lasted around 45 minutes, Belay talked about his musical career, his family life and other related issues. Belay was also on air (to pass a message of condolences representing Ethiopian and African singers) with Voice of America when Michael Jackson died. In his remark, Belay passed his message of condolences to the family of Michael Jackson and to the family and fans of Tilahun Gessesse, who also died that same week.

Other appearances by Belay include:

  •     Special guest at Haile Gebresellasie’s residence
  •     CNN coverage on little Ethiopia
  •     Tom Joyner’s son, Oscar Joyner wedding
  •     Live Performance 2011 at Fenote Selam, Gojjam Ethiopia

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