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Minyeshu was born under the Ethiopian sun in the city of Dire-Dawa, later moving to the capital, Addis Ababa, where she joined the National Theatre of Ethiopia aged 17. There she discovered ‘the father’ of Ethio-jazz, Mulatu Astatke and choreographer Tadesse Worku. Subsequently, Minyeshu had the golden opportunity to share the stage with some of Ethiopia’s great musical icons including Mulatu Astatke and singers Mahmoud Ahmed, Tilahun Gessesse, Bizunesh Bekele and many others. With the crème de la crème of the Ethiopian music scene, Minyeshu toured in over 35 countries and starred in ‘People to People’ which is recognised as one of Ethiopia’s greatest music and dance productions.
Inspired by these kindred souls who were making music, songs, and dances by mixing outside cultures and styles from around the world with their very own deep-rooted Ethiopian traditions, Minyeshu’s lifelong dream was kindled. “I wanted to do what they were doing, I wanted to be like them. I had already reached high levels of attainment with my choreography but my dream was to be an international artist, combining worldwide musical instruments with the Ethiopian cultures and styles I already knew so well.”
She has carved an impressive name for herself in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany as an exciting and dynamic world music vocalist and performer. Minyeshu was part of an international star line up at the 2nd Pan-African Festival in Algeria with Salif Keita and Youssou N’Dour and, in Senegal, performed at the launch of the World Festival of Black Arts (Festival Mondial des Arts Negres) where she joined African music ambassadors such as Angelique Kidjo, Baaba Maal and again, Youssou N’Dour.