Widely acclaimed, he is regarded as one of the most successful Ethiopian artists in recent time. Rophnan was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was the ninth child out of 10 children in his family. His father named him Rophnan after having a revelation during deep prayer, and the name Rophnan is not in Amharic nor does it have roots in any other language.
An ensemble of 14 Ethiopian cultural music and dancers from group from the National Teatre of Ethiopia has come to India and performed in New Delhi. Speaking at the beginning of the show, Ethiopian ambassador to India, H. Ethiopians sang when they feel sad, when they go to war, when they are in love, they would love to sang even when they are mourning. The dance troupe comprised eleven men and four women. While performing the dancers were clad in way that reflects the typical culture of the particular nation's clothes. Two vocalists kept up the pace of the performance with their high-energy songs and oral rhythms that were akin to contemporary beat boxing.
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Yirga accentuated with the kind of ornaments and leaps characteristic of Ethiopian music. The resurgent music scene is far from the only change occurring in this frenetic city of nearly four million. Bulldozers have created canyons between the palm trees planted on busy boulevards to make way for a light rail system, set to debut in Domed Orthodox churches and tiny stalls with tin roofs and painted signs are interspersed with brand-new skyscrapers, glass-fronted malls and the spaceship-like complex that houses the headquarters of the African Union. During rush hour, visitors can spend a lot of time listening to Ethiopian pop in the Soviet-era blue Lada sedans that serve as taxis.
As a fashionable novelty, Ethiopian jazz may indeed have had its moment in the spotlight. As an evolving form, however, it demonstrates greater resilience. Astatke, whose appearance in London on 13 September will be a highlight of the Southbank Centre's Africa Utopia festival, was supposed to devote his life to aeronautical engineering. Instead, he invented a musical genre and became the central figure in an enormously successful series of anthologies that dug deep into the origins of a fascinating but long-hidden world. He began playing vibraphone and piano in the clubs of Soho with expatriate African and Caribbean jazz musicians, and in dance halls with the popular Edmundo Ros orchestra. Leaving London in , he enrolled as the first African student at the jazz-oriented Berklee College in Boston, whose alumni include the vibraphonist Gary Burton and the pianist Keith Jarrett. Moving to New York, he pursued his interests in jazz and Latin music. When he returned home in it was with the idea of creating a more ambitious musical fusion. In Addis Ababa he discovered an upsurge of activity in the world of the arts and entertainment, and a booming night-life scene that offered plenty of scope for experiment. He called his new music "Ethio jazz", and his recordings from the period show him using local musicians, steeped in the four basic pentatonic modes with which they grew up, to impart a new flavour to the structures he had brought with him from America.