TEDxAddis - SABA KAHSAY - MUSICIAN
An engineer in the daytime and an aspiring musician, Saba grew up in Eritrea. At 16, her family moved to Ethiopia during the 1998 war. Saba graduated from Addis Ababa University with a degree in Construction Management and has since launched a respectful musical career.
Saba grew up watching Boyz II Men and Brandy videos on MTV, but also listening to the classic Eritrean melodies her mom played in her shop. Today Saba successfully bridges the gap between these Western pop vocalists and her deep roots in Tigrigna and Amharic folklore.
Her music is a mixture of the soul sound of Aster Aweke, Motown, old Muluken Melesse with a touch of the uniqueness of Zeritu Kebede. It is a new and fresh sound, distinct from the pop music heard on the streets of Ethiopia. Saba's new Album will include English, Amharic as well as Tigrigna songs.