Muluken Melesse has an unmatched place in the Ethiopian music scene as the best male love song singer Ethiopia has ever produced – and he certainly left an unparalleled legacy. He left the world of music in the mid 1980s after undergoing a religious conversion, abruptly ending what had been one of the most successful musical careers of his generation.
Listen to his old records and you will know that he was one of a kind. Decades after he departed the Ethiopian music scene, we are yet to hear love songs with even a fraction of the qualities of Muluken’s old songs. Though we are the poorer for our loss, we are immeasurably the richer for his many years of musical leadership and unparalleled legacy. We will always regard Muluken as a true measure of a great Ethiopian musical talent.