Minyeshu Kifle Tedla, known professionally as Minyeshu, is an Ethiopian-born singer and songwriter who has gained worldwide acclaim for her unique blend of traditional African music with contemporary influences. Minyeshu was born in the town of Adama, Ethiopia. Growing up, she was exposed to a variety of traditional Ethiopian music, including Amharic, Gurage, and Oromo styles. She also became interested in contemporary Western music, particularly jazz and soul.
In 1996, Minyeshu was invited to join the National Theatre of Ethiopia as a lead vocalist, where she quickly became a star performer. Her powerful voice and dynamic stage presence drew audiences from around the country.
In 1999, Minyeshu was invited to participate in the WOMAD festival in the UK, which marked the beginning of her international career. She went on to perform at numerous festivals and venues around the world, including the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Sauti za Busara festival in Zanzibar, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Minyeshu has also collaborated with a number of notable musicians, including the French saxophonist Manu Dibango and the Dutch band New Cool Collective. Her music has been featured in films, television shows, and theater productions. In addition to her music career, Minyeshu is also a dedicated advocate for social justice and human rights. She has worked with a number of organizations, including the United Nations Development Programme and the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association, to promote gender equality and women's empowerment.
Today, Minyeshu continues to inspire audiences around the world with her passionate and uplifting music, which celebrates the richness and diversity of African culture.