By Fitsum Abera |

For the first time ever Jano Band will perform at H20 night club on Tuesday and Thursday nights for one month. The band decided to perform in order to prepare for its upcoming album which will drop within six months at the latest, according to Kirubel Tesfaye, band leader and keyboardist.

“We record our music live,” said Micheal Hailu, lead guitarist and musical director of the band. “Performing at clubs is different from concerts because you feel the energy of the audience and that is what we are all about. During our recording sessions we all need to get our energy up and feel the music. Performing at the club will give us that,”

The band will introduce two singles from its album at H2O. The new album will have around 14 songs on it, according to Kirubel. All the preparations for the songs like rhythm and lyric composition have been completed. All that remains is recording, according to him.

“We have collaborated with different lyricists as well as composed some of our own songs,” Hailu Amerga one of the four vocalists explains. “Yilma Gebreab, and Ermias Tadesse are just two of the lyricists we are working with,”

This album is certainly a long time coming. Since releasing Ertale in 2012 Jano hasn’t dropped a single song.  Maybe this was partly due to the departure of three band members as well as Addis Gessesse the band’s manager.

“We are going in a different direction,” Kirubel explained about the departure of Addis. “The reason we decided to work with Addis is because he had many contacts. But they are retiring from the industry. We need a manager that knows how to appeal to our fans who are mostly in their teens and early twenties. For now we are managing ourselves,”

Addis has formerly managed Gigi and Teddy Afro among others. He put Jano band together after auditioning many hopefuls in 2010. He arranged financing for Ertale Ertale by getting an investment from Ermias Amelga, CEO of Access Real Estate besides helping produce the songs.

Micheal Melese, rhythm guitarist Gemechu Mezgebu basist, and Edward Gazeri second keyboardist left the group separately in 2014 and 2015 due to personal reasons. To cope with their absence the remaining members hired a new bassist, Daniel Negash two months ago.

Since Ertale, the band has toured consistently both locally and internationally. According to Kirubel, Jano performed in 11 American states in 2013. There was a high demand for a repeat performance but the band was touring in Ethiopia in 2014 and couldn’t make it. They performed in Bahir Dar, Gondar, Hawassa, Adama, as well as Jimma.

“We will go to America and Canada after August,” Michael said. “There are a few states we want to perform in,”

When asked what type of music the new album will have he just smiled tantalizingly and replied you will just have to wait and see.

“It is ridiculous to limit yourself to one genre,” he elaborated. “Music is very wide. We don’t know where our journey will take us. Our sound has now matured. We have learned a lot since our Ertale days. When we recorded that we weren’t at our best. But now we are more in sync with each other and that shows in our songs”

The whole album will be produced by the band itself. All the songs are original, says Halleluya Tekletsadik, vocalist and one of the only two female band members. Two of the songs in Ertale namely “Ethiopiawit Konjo” and “Yigermal” were cover songs from other artists.

Jano used to operate under Trio entertainment but now it stands by itself.The band plans to be more prolific and release new albums at least once a year, according to Kirubel. It is best known for pioneering the Ethio-rock genre of music. Most of the members have had experience outside the band. Jano remains the only Ethiopian band to have attained its’ present heights.

Source: Ethio Info Desk

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