GETATCHEW MEKURIA PASSED AWAY TODAY

Getatchew Mekuria (photo Matias Corral)
Getatchew Mekuria (photo Matias Corral)

 

GETATCHEW MEKURIA PASSED AWAY TODAY

MARCH 14, 1935 – APRIL 4, 2016
 
Getatchew passed away today. At the age of 81 and after a musical career of 68 years. He was a truely unique saxophone player. Born in the countryside of Ethiopia, he heard the saxophone on the radio at the age of 13 and went to Addis Abeba straight away. He wanted to play saxophone! And soon after that he got himself into the Municipality Band. Later he played in the Haile Selassie Orchestra’s, the National Theatre Orchestra and more.

Since 2004 he played regularly with The Ex. It was his choice after hearing us at one of our festivals. He recognized something in our music which reminded him of the early groups he was in, like the Fetan Band (Speed Band). He loved playing with us and for us it was also an incredible experience. He was always totally himself, full-on intense and dedicated. We played more than 100 concerts and made two beautiful albums together.

The last few years, his health was not very good. He couldn’t really go on tour anymore. As a kind of farewell concert for his fans, we organized a big event in the National Theatre in Addis Abeba. He got lots of attention and respect that night: 1500 people in the audience, three TV stations and a legendary concert. Getatchew was playing while sitting on a chair, but his playing was stronger than ever.

His whole life was devoted to music. With his unique sound and approach he leaves behind an eternal inspiration!

We will miss him.
 
The Ex.

Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex & Friends Tour July 2012

GETATCHEW MEKURIA & THE EX & FRIENDS

TOUR JULY 6 TO JULY 17 2012

(plus new double cd of Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex and Friends “Y’Anbessaw Tezeta” out in July 2012)

06/07 AMSTERDAM (Netherlands)- Bimhuis Roots Festival

07/07 KONGSBERG (Norway)- Jazz Festival

08/07 COPENHAGEN (Denmark) – Jazz Festival

10/07 PARIS (France) – Gaité Lyrique

14/07 GRONINGEN- Vera

15/07 DOUR (Belgium) – Pop Festival

16/07 NIJMEGEN – de-Affaire Festival


Getatchew Mekuria – Saxophone.

The Ex:

Arnold de Boer – Trumpet, Andy Moor – Guitar, Terrie Hessels – Guitar, Katherina Bornefeld – Drums.

Friends:

Xavier Charles – Clarinet, Ken Vandermark – Baritone Saxophone, Brodie West – Alto Saxophone, Joost Buis – Trombone, Colin McLean – Bass,Melaku Belay -Dance,Melelu Abebaye