Oldies but Goodies II: The Valentine Day Special 48 Comments

I don't have an outright favorite singer.  In my opinion to choose one is close to being impossible.  It's easier for me to put them in categories.  Voice, Socially Conscience, Love, etc… As we celebrate Valentines Day, I'm here to pay the ultimate tribute to the KING of love songs, Muluken Melesse . Listening to his songs actually makes you want to be in love. 

Of all his songs the one that says "I'm in love, and I'm here to profess it" is "Mewdedain Wedekut"  Muluken is backed by the legendary Dahlak Band which consisted of Dawit Yifru(keyboard), Tilaye Gebre(sax), Shimeles Beyene(trumpet), David Kassa(guitar) Abera Feyessa(bass), and Tesfaye Tesemma(drums). "Mewdedain Wededkut" was written by Alem Tsehay Wedajo(can't think of anyone else, but a lady, writing this song) and arranged by Dawit Yifru.

48 Responses to “Oldies but Goodies II: The Valentine Day Special”


  1. 1 lulu

    EJ-Thank you. Great selection for the occasion.

  2. 2 Mengedegna

    Nice selection, EJ. Very timely as well!! True, it kinda makes u wanna fall in love – such a warm, chill song.

    Ps. check ur email, EJ. The instrumental for the requested song telikual.

  3. 3 Nolawi

    Here Here, This Dahlak Band did some great great songs…I am just getting familiar about them. There was a song I heard one time by bizunesh Bekele in someone's car… "(Atraq`gn Bzunèsh Bèkèlè & Dahlak Band) apparentely from this CD I don't have it but I recommend that this song be in the list

  4. 4 Chereka

    EJ, once again you picked a gem. This is really a beautiful song. Too bad Muluken is no longer making music like this. I like to think of him as our Sam Cooke or Marvin Gaye in terms of a promising musical career cut short, although of course in totally different circumstances.

    I guess we should be grateful we have songs like this one to enjoy.

    Great pick again, EJ.

  5. 5 Ethio Jazz

    Thanks everyone!

    Nolawi–you’re correct the song by Bizunesh Bekele Atraqegn was done by the Dahlak Band. The CD you attached is now out-of-print but the majority of the tracks were re-released as Ethiopiques 13.

    Chereka–I always wonder if Muluken can do what he did then, today. Maybe it’s for the better he stopped. I don’t know, I guess that’s up for debate.

  6. 6 Beyene

    I have 5 of his albums: http://www.tezeta.org/jbox/

  7. 7 Uncle B

    Muluken Melesse is one of my all time favorite artist.

  8. 8 Abebe

    Thanks EJ great choice. I will request this song to be my first dance at my wedding reception.
    I love it!!!!

  9. 9 shaleqa

    There are some songs – zemen yemayshirachew . .. I think Muluken's are one of those. Both the lyrics and zema . . .are genuine and are truly ethiopian. Thanks EJ.

  10. 10 nolawi

    [quote comment="17975"]I have 5 of his albums: http://www.tezeta.org/jbox//quote
    beyene betam betam arif, thanks I have been jamming all day!

  11. 11 osmabinsarah

    I haven’t heard this song in years thanks! I am not a great follower of Muluken, but majority of Ethiopian songs bring on nostalgia and great memories.
    Thanks.

  12. 12 nt

    Mts mts.. why did Muluken change religon :( ( he is one of my favorite artist.. I guess you got a point Ethio Jazz, we cannot tell if he can make the same quality of music now, the only singer that seems to come close to him is Teddy Taddese…

  13. 13 Beyene

    [quote comment="18073"][quote comment="17975"]I have 5 of his albums: http://www.tezeta.org/jbox//quote
    beyene betam betam arif, thanks I have been jamming all day![/quote]

    Gracias, Nolawi. How many of us were conceived over Muluken’s tracks? All kidding aside, this man’s music has virtually disappeared from the airwaves. Yes, another sad story. Ethiopian music is drowning in mediocrity, may this man’s voice inspire those with talent to step up, and Alemtsehay’s lyrics to raise their pen…

  14. 14 Sam

    Nolawi,
    Is this the same Nolawi I met in D.C.? A tall lanky guy with glasses?

  15. 15 shaleqa

    May I ask , by the way, where Muluken Melesse is now? What he is doing? I once heard that he lives in Nairobi and actually sings spiritual songs like Hirut. Is that true? If so, I hope he would not regret giving us such songs that had had and continue to have a huge impact on us as ethiopians.

  16. 16 Ethio Jazz

    shaleqa–the last time I heard Muluken makes his living in the DC area and is an active member of the Pentecostal church. As for the question about regret, I’ve no idea. Maybe one day I can have a sit down and ask him that and many other questions.

  17. 17 shaleqa

    Thanks, EJ. Now I know!

  18. 18 Samson SK

    I’m not sure when this came out (2002?), but the voice’s still there… http://ambasel.com/music/

  19. 19 Ethio Jazz

    Samson SK–this is actually the original he did around 1980(GC.

    Beyene–thank you, thank you for linking your page. Simply bliss.

    nt…you’re on point in terms of Teddy Tadesse being the closest to Muluken’s style.

  20. 20 bidir melash

    Beyene,

    where are the 5 albums you are talking about? I clicked on the link but did not see any of Muluken’s songs.

  21. 21 Haji Iddi

    Hey.. Im looking for songs with muluken but cant find anywhere.. If someone want to contact me about that, im shadowsof20thcentury@hotmail.com on msn.. And Haji Iddi on facebook..=)

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