Nhatty Man

Now garnering a solid fan base around the country and featuring with some of the biggest name artists within Africa, it wasn’t long before he became a household name, after his first single Amrogne hit the Ethiopian market. Nhatty’s debut album, Man, dropped on February 16 2011. The album combined a mix of R&B, reggae, rock and local Ethiopian rhythms and received a Leza Radio Show Listeners Choice Award for Best Album of the Year 2011-2012. Following the album’s success, Nhatty toured nationally and throughout Africa, America, Australia, Europe and the Middle East.

 

Nhatty was nominated at the first East African Music Awards, where he performed alongside Congolese legend Papa Wemba, Burundian star Kidum and Kenyan pop singer Jaguar. He was the first Horn of Africa artist to perform on Big Brother Amplified in South Africa, which was broadcast across the continent. Following on from his own releases, Nhatty Man headed back into the studio in Maryland USA with the award winning One Vision Productions, to write and produce an album for emerging Ethiopian singer Betty G. The award winning album was released in 2015 to great acclaim and has received significant airplay throughout Ethiopia and the Diaspora. 

 

Nhatty’s musical movements have now found him living in Melbourne, Australia.  In 2015, with the support of Multicultural Arts Victoria and Creative Victoria, Nhatty Man released an EP with his Australian-made band Gara. The EP propelled him onto stages at WOMADelaide, Melbourne International Arts Festival, New Year’s Eve at Fed Square, Port Fairy Folk Festival and St Kilda Festival. Following on from the success of this album, in December 2017 Nhatty released a self-produced LP, titled Man Vol. 2. This album showcases his skills not only as a talented singer, but as a musician, composer and producer. The album has become an international success and has resulted in a busy touring schedule for Nhatty, who spent 2018 and 2019 performing numerous sold out shows in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Canada and throughout the US. Alongside the release of the album, with the support of Creative Victoria, Nhatty Man released four music videos to accompany the singles off the album. The first of these videos - Yemegemeriyaye - won best song & video at Ethiopia's National Music Awards and has over 7 million views on YouTube.

 

In 2019, amongst the busy touring schedule, Nhatty Man collaborated with fellow Ethiopian musician (saxophonist) Solomon Sisay to write and record Solomon's debut solo album, Sitota. The album is a tribute to the Ethio-Jazz modes endemic to their homeland and was supported by Australia Council for the Arts and Creative Victoria. Following on from the sellout launch at Footscray Community Arts Centre, the album has seen Solomon and his band pick up performance opportunities at major jazz and music festivals around the country. This collaboration with Solomon exemplifies the artistic merit of Nhatty Man, who not only is accomplished in writing and performing the Afro-pop sound of his own music but showcases his deep understanding of the complex modes and scales characteristic of Ethiopian Jazz and traditional music.

With a mesmerizing stage performance and a huge smile always intact, Nhatty Man lacks anything but energy. Nhatty’s life has gone in a million ways he never anticipated. After dropping out from a civil engineering degree in his second year, he started a new journey as a DJ. This entrance into the music industry sparked a new desire to become a songwriter, penning the hit song Alekafam for well known Ethiopian artist Zeritu Kebede, amongst others. Nhatty soon found his own voice singing with the legendary Ethiopian band Express, which propelled his career as a singer and found him fronting numerous bands and playing many of the clubs around Addis Abeba.