About Hewan Mulugeta
My name is Hewan, born and raised in Ethiopia. I have been living in Ireland for the last 12 years, currently living in Dublin working on drugs and homelessness.
I like to buy vinyl and host Ethiopian coffee ceremonies (it’s a serious passion:)). Growing up, I have always loved listening to the radio, especially Ethiopian music from the late 60s and 70s.
In the last couple of years I started collecting these recordings, most of them very rare still as pressing vinyl in Ethiopia was stopped and replaced by cassettes around late 70s. Digging for these records in the markets was a very exciting time for me as I had bought my first turntable too.
I also found out while adventuring in small gigs around Dublin, in places like the Sugar Club, great Ethiopio-Jazz artists from this era (Mulatu Astatke, Hailu Mergia ) playing here and attracting Irish audiences. From there I have developed an interest in sharing and introducing Ethio grooves to a wider audience.
I describe my taste in music as ‘World music’, but I am very much into Afrobeat, Jazz/Blues , Soul and Funk.
My focus on the show will be Ethiopian 60s/70s music where Ethiopian modern music was considered the Golden Age. The music’s distinctive Ethiopian sound blends Funk, Jazz and Soul. The show will include a little bit of reggae/dub that goes with Ethio grooves. I might also give some small background info or fun facts about the music to give it context for the audience when it fits.