Solomon Sisay is a world-class musician who shot to fame in Ethiopia and around the Diaspora after being the chosen saxophone player for the Axumite Band, a legendary outfit in Ethiopia. Since then Solomon has continued his legacy, playing alongside the greats such as Mahmoud Ahmed, Aleymehu Eshete, Ali Bira, Tsegaye Eshetu and with many of the young, up and coming Ethiopian music stars. Now living in Australia, he has once again performed with these greats on their Australian tours, while performing regularly with JAzmaris, Lalibelas, Nhatty Man & Gara and Dereb the Ambassador. He has toured Europe, Middle East, Japan, Australia and New Zealand and performed at WOMADelaide, Port Fairy Folk Festival and MONA FOMA.
Ethio-pop and reggae star Nhatty Man is a household name in Ethiopia and around the Diaspora. Nhatty was nominated at the first East African Music Awards, where he performed alongside Congolese legend Papa Wemba, Burundian star Kidum and Kenyan pop singer Jaguar. He was the first Horn of Africa artist to perform on Big Brother Amplified in South Africa, which was broadcast across the continent. Since relocating to Melbourne in 2014 Nhatty has performed New Years Eve at Fed Square, WOMADelaide, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Melbourne Festival and has released two albums. In December 2017 Nhatty released an album, entirely self produced, that has seen him touring to Canada, UK, Germany, Sweden and next month around the US. The first single from the album won best music video at Ethiopia's National Music Awards and has over 5 million views on YouTube.
NEWS + EVENTS
SOLOMON SISAY RELEASES SPECIAL EDITION VINYL ALONGSIDE A SWEEP OF 2021 SUMMER PERFORMANCES
The special edition vinyl version of Sitota is available! The artwork for the vinyl (pictured) was painted by fellow Melbourne based, Ethiopian artist Tamirat Gebremariam who we sadly lost in 2020. The album is dedicated to Tamirat and the legacy he has left, continually inspiring so many through his beautiful artwork. You can purchase the vinyl via Solomon's bandcamp or at upcoming live gigs:
Saturday Jan 9th: Solomon Sisay Live at The Paris Cat (SOLD OUT)
Sunday Jan 17th: Heidi Summer Festival
Saturday Jan 23rd: Footscray Community Arts Centre's Bluestone Sessions
SOLOMON SISAY LAUNCHES SITOTA
In November 2019, Solomon Sisay launched his debut album, Sitota as part of the Due West Arts Festival. The launch was a sell out and the album has become a staple on community and national radio across Australia. It is one of the most talked about releases within Ethiopia and has propelled Solomon’s onto many new stages and into many new hearts.
Written by Solomon and fellow Ethiopian artist Nhatty Man ናቲ ማን, Sitota (meaning gift in Amharic) is a tribute to the Ethio-Jazz modes endemic to their homeland and is a fitting salute to the saxophone’s role within Ethiopian Jazz. Since becoming popularised under the reign of Emperor Haile Selassie, who had a fondness for military brass bands, it is rare to hear an Ethio-Jazz jam without it.
Sitota is now available on all digital platforms.