Art News: Rising electronic music sensation Rophnan goes live

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“I consider electronic music the jazz of our generation, remember jazz came from people being oppressed and not being heard, and them trying to get that freedom.” Rophnan

Addis Abeba, February 22/ 2019 – Electronic music sensation Rophnan’s “My Generation” live concert is set to take place this Saturday, at the Ghion Hotel in Addis Ababa. The multi-talented electronic music star Rophnan, who made his debut on Coke Studio Africa 2019 recently, will be showcasing his extraordinary mix of Ethiopian traditional sounds with modern electronic dance music (EDM) to his growing fan base, in his highly-anticipated music concert, this weekend.

Talking about his
music genre, the EDM producer, DJ and performing artist Rohpnan said “I
consider electronic music the jazz of our generation, remember jazz came from
people being oppressed and not being heard, and them trying to get that
freedom. In the same way, electronic music allows me to be whoever I want.”

A dreadlocked,
sneaker and shades wearing 20-something is the last person anyone would
associate with shepherd flutes, ancient bows, traditional harps and musicians
from distant corners of the countryside. But Ethiopia’s Rophnan Nuri believes
these elements he so loves are what gives Ethiopian and African music its cool,
competitive edge and distinct soul. This is the vibe he brought to Coke Studio
Africa this year, the first time the show featured a producer, as a
collaborating musician.

The popular artist also known as “Rophy” has been
producing music since he was 16.  He’s also known a radio host, major DJ,
composer, guitarist and songwriter who works with modern music equipment like
FL Studio, Pro Tools and Ableton Live Pro, and yet, he is also obsessed with
Ethiopia’s incredibly diverse musical traditions. This modern/ancient music mix
is what you hear when listening to Rophnan’s 2018 debut album, Netsebrak (which
means Reflection). Rophnan made history as the first electronic dance music
album Netsebrak was published in Ethiopia.

Rophnan joined over
25 African artists and music producers drawn from several African countries and
collaborated with Zambian Rap artist “Chef 187” to produce and perform two
original song blends “All the way” and “Unbeatable” on Coke Studio Africa 2019.
In Rophnan’s words “For me, electronic dance music genre is simply most
suitable to create new music with…” adding “Coke Studio Africa is a great
platform to be who we are as artists.”

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