Natnael Mekonen Batisso, upcoming electronic music producer

April 27, 2022

Young music producers are breaking out in Ethiopia, a country with a long history of mixing traditional music with a modern sound, much as they did in the 1970s when Ethio-jazz asserted its mark on the international arena. Ethiopian music, which ranges from experimental electronica to pop and hip-hop, is known around the world for generating happy noise. Artists in Addis Ababa attempt to reach out to the rest of the globe, while those in other countries send messages back to a home they cling to, a home that aches all the way through them.

For the time being, this 21-year-old producer may be found in Addis Ababa’s underground scene. His electronic music ranges from ancient splendor to the quick trap sounds of today. Natnael isn’t scared to turn conventional things around. Traditional sounds aren’t shoved to the side in his cosmic cosmos; instead, they take center stage. It’s an intergenerational, hazy, bass-heavy voyage, similar to how psychedelics carry you through your ancestors. It has a futuristic feel to it, with nods to Ethiopian Records and Mikael Seifu. Natnael follows Mulatu’s lead with this 10-track compilation, which introduces the younger generation to the rich cultural palette while also establishing a new local sonic lineage. It presents a forward-thinking interpretation of genres such as tizita, bati, ambassal, and anchi-hoye, which peaked in the East African country in the 1960s and 1970s. Ethiopian folk instruments such as the masenqo, krar, and washint are all featured prominently in the production.

People with many abilities are uncommon, especially in the music industry. Natnael is not only a well-known music producer but also an accomplished painter. His art can be viewed on his many social media accounts. We’re bringing April to a close by expressing our admiration for Batisso and his incredible work! We look forward to seeing more of this young man’s creations!

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