Chiggae by Haile Roots

Haile Roots has infused a unique sound into Ethiopia’s traditional music and it is called Chiggae. The melodic tunes which dominate his recent album also titled Chiggae, is a combination of Ethiopia’s traditional music, chikchika, and reggae. Singing in his local Amharic language, Haile Roots simultaneously confronts issues plaguing Africa and applauds the rich culture of the continent.

My favourite track on the album is called ‘Ethiopia’, but there are many other songs on the album that crowns Haile Roots as a bonafide reggae sensation in Ethiopia. Get a feel for this music on

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