The well know Ethiopian Saxophonist Getachew Mekuria passed away at the age of 81 . Getachew whose music career spans for more than 68 years, left an exceptional music talent behind .
Getachew heard a saxophone over the radio at the tender age of 13 where he discovered the powerful sound of a saxophone. He then moved in to the Municipality , Haileselassie and National Teather orchestras to debute his music career.
Music fans and collogues are expressing their condolences from all over the world .
The legendary saxophonist Getachew Mekuria was one of the giants in the Ethiopian music industry. Members of the Netherlands based band, Ex, who staged more than 100 concerts with Getachew remembered his vibrancy .
“His whole life was devoted to music. With his unique sound and approach he leaves behind an eternal inspiration! We will miss him.” says the group .
Known for his “Shilela” melodies, Getachew accompanied numerous big name Ethiopian artists touring the world . He was the father of 11.
The late Getachew Mekuria was a guest of Honour in Toronto at the Ethiopian Canadian New year Celebration on Christie Pits Park back in 2010.
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