Mekuanent Melese of Sora Band is getting ready for the annual Shadey Festival coming up August 22 EC (Nehasei 16 on ET calender) in the Northern Wello, Ethiopia. The Sora Band will love to see you all out there. Join the Sora Band on Face book http://www.facebook.com/SoraBand
He is known as the man who fought the leopard and won. Mekuanent Melese, is a multi-talented singer and dancer of traditional Ethiopian music. He was born and grew up in a town called Amer-ghele in Sekota, located in the Wollo region of Northern Ethiopia. He started singing and dancing at a young age, performing at holiday celebrations, church ceremonies such as Timket and Shadey, weddings, and other town functions. His professional musical career began in 2006 when he was recruited by the Ministry of Culture in Bahir Dar to join the Cultural Group, a professional troupe that tours throughout Ethiopia.
One of his more popular songs is, Yiku Benezwo (Agere Nafekegn), which means, I miss my home-town. This song increased his popularity as it was played on several Ethiopian television stations that featured Sekota style. Sekota is a town where Agews, Amharas and Tigray Ethiopians have lived together in harmony for centuries. The song depicts the traditional dance, clothing style and the beauty of the Agews. Another song that added to his popularity was Sora, with singer Kassahun Taye.
Mekuanet is currently working on his new album, in between touring with Cultural Group and performing at traditional clubs in Bahir Dar.