The Jano Band Wave
Jano Band is a Rock-fusion band from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They are known for fusing and blending bass, heavy guitars, drums and electronic sounds with a hint of reggae. The Band is made up of Dibe, Kiru, Miky, Hailu, Dany, Hewan, Hule and Johnny. All the eight members (four singers and four instrumentalists) were born and brought up in Ethiopia.
How did Jano Band come about?
7 years ago, they auditioned at a nationwide talent search conducted by renowned music manager Addis Gesesse, and Ethiopian entrepreneur Ermisa Amelgafor. Hewan knew Hailu and Dibe before the auditions but they were all brought together by music when they aced the auditions and were grouped together.
How the wave came about
The movement started in 2012 when they released their first album “ERTALE” (a name borrowed from the chain of volcanoes in their country’s Afar triangle). Trio Entertainment Pic and Rock the World Music published the album. The successful release propelled them to international markets such as Europe, America, Africa and Dubai where they have had successful shows.
Their take on African music
From jamming together at different venues and festivals in Ethiopia, Jano Band has established their brand locally and internationally. Their distinct sounds and incorporation of traditional melodies and unique musical chemistry is evident in their live performances. Dibe says: “African music is very powerful. The sound is very diversified because of our different cultures. In our country we have a lot of cultural music in different genres, if we could bring those out to the world; we could produce energetic music that represents Africa.”
Hailu adds: “Music can [and should be] about peace and love and creativity.”
Their take on their music career
Hewan states: “I don’t know anything else other than music. I wouldn’t be able to do anything else if not music.” Like the rest of Jano Band, music was Hewan’s childhood dream. Her father introduced her to Sudanese and Ethiopian music at a young age. At some point, her parents wanted her to keep studying and graduate when she dropped out of Law School, but this was not to be. She concludes: “In Africa, parents don’t see music as a profession but we are working to change that because of the kind of music that we do.”