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ET724 Exclusive Interview With JANO BAND

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Jano Band is an Ethiopian rock band to feature on Coke studio and was brought together by its former manager Addis Gessesse in 2011. The band includes two lead female vocalists, two lead male vocalists, and six musicians who play bass guitar, rhythm guitar, drum, and keyboards. The band broke up in 2017 because of disagreement in ownership and financial difficulties.

 With the sponsorship from the Ethiopian business tycoon Ermias Amelga, Jano’s former manager Addis Gessesse brought together a group of singers and musicians. Addis also invested part of the money to make the band happen. They were all passionate about the roles they were given and focusing to achieve the vision of bringing out Ethiopian sound out to the world.

Jano’s first album, ‘Ertale’ was released. The album was named after a place in Eastern part of Ethiopia called Afar where a volcano comes to an extraordinary active lava. The songs in the album were partly written by the renowned Ethiopian lyricist Yilma Gebreab and partly by them. This is the first ever Rock album in Ethiopia. The audio and video of the song ‘Ayrak’ from the album became quickly popular among the media in Ethiopia.

After the release of the album, Jano had its debut show in April 2012 with shows at Sheraton Addis and the renowned Club H2O. Before they went on a big tour to Europe and the Americas, Jano had countrywide concerts in November at the regional cities of Bahir Dar, Dessie, Jimma, Arba Minch, to introduce the unique sound nationally. Starting from mid-December, Jano began tour covering Sunsplash in Jamaica, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands, United States, and the UK. In 2017, Jano also became the first Ethiopian band to feature on Coke Studio Africa alongside the South African singer Shekinah in Nairobi, Kenya. Towards the end of 2017, news broke that the band was on the verge of a breakup. Rumour has it that some of the band members did not agree with the distribution of income within the band

On February 1, 2018, Jano released their second album called ‘Lerasih New’ which translates to ‘For Yourself’. Most of the songs in the album urge fans to be conscious of their actions. The engineering process of the album was done in BluMusica studio in Turin, Italy and the mastering was done by Lurseen mastering studio in Los Angeles, California, United States.[1]

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