Minyeshu Kifle Tedla was born in the city of Dire Dawa in the east of Ethiopia. During her childhood she moved to Addis Ababa and at the age of 17 she joined the leading ‘National Theatre’ of Ethiopia. Here she developed her artistic multi talents as a singer, dancer, producer and choreographer. With the crème de la crème of the Ethiopian music scene she toured the world around - within 4 month over more than 35 countries - and performed at the greatest Ethiopian music and dance production ever: ‘People to People’. She joined the stage with famous Ethiopian musical icons such as Mulatu Astatke and singers Mahmoud Ahmed, Tilahun Gessesse, Bizunesh Bekele and many more. To widespread her wings as an artistic multi talent she performed in Ethiopian cinema as well, playing a leading role as an actress in the movie ‘Senait’
My life in Europe
In 1996 Minyeshu came to Belgium and a few years later she moved to The Netherlands where she started her second life as an artist. Guided by music manager and producer San Graatsma from the Dutch agency and music label ‘Mosaique Vivant’ she built up an impressive oeuvre:
- From 1997-1999 she joined and toured with ‘Africa Unite’; a group of musicians from the Horn of Africa which was released on CD (Mosaique Vivant - 1999).
- From 2000-2004 Minyeshu played with her own band Chewata and after the release of her first solo album ‘Meba’ (Mosaique Vivant - 2002) she became very popular in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
- From 2004-2010 Minyeshu continued with her own band; an international line-up of musicians from Sudan, Mali, DR Congo, USA, Ethiopia and The Netherlands with whom she released her second album ‘Dire Dawa’ (Me & My Records - 2008).
Since 2005 Minyeshu is playing concerts on the International music scene. Convincing performances on Festival Mundial in The Netherlands, Bursa Festival in Turkey, Moving Cultures in Austria, Festival Jazz in Switzerland, Africa Festival Würzburg in Germany, BAM (Barcelona Acció Musical) in Spain, Festival Radio France Montpellier in France, festival Africolor in Paris and festival Festim in Portugal. She returned to Africa to play on the 2nd Pan-African Festival in Algeria where she joined famous African artists like Salif Keita and Youssou N’Dour, and in Senegal at the opening of the ‘World Festival of Black Arts (Festival Mondial des Arts Nègres)’ where she joined African music ambassadors such as Angelique Kidjo, Baaba Maal and again Youssou N'Dour.
Minyeshu worked together with Dutch, Belgium and German based artists and orchestra's such as:
- Sounds of Saba, a German-Ethiopian music project/orchestra (2001).
- Zuco 103 on the album ‘Whaa’ (Crammed Discs - 2005).
- Composer/producer Onno Krijn in the music project ‘Don’t be a stranger/ONE’ (2006) and ‘Water’ (2008) which received an international award. Both projects are released on CD.
- Writer/director Brigitta Hauer at the Internationaal Dans Theater as one of the choreographers of the dance performance ‘Nesjomme’ (2003 and 2008).
- Singer/producer Leoni Jansen in the theatre tour ‘Made in Holland’ (2003) and ‘She got game’ (2010) where she joined vocalists Izaline Calister, Giovanca and Ricky Koole.
- Singer Marco Borsato in the ‘War Child’ concert at the Ahoy music hall in Rotterdam (2004)
- Nederlands blazers Ensemble in the ‘New Years Concert’ at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (2007).
- Musicians Anton Goudsmit, Zou Diara, Joost Kroon, Jos de Haas and others in the Music World Series concert/project ‘Maliblu’ (2007).
- New Cool Collective at the opening of the Dutch cultural season called ‘Uitmarkt’ at Amsterdam (2008).
- Gerry de Mol’s music projects and theatre shows ‘Perles d' Amour’ (2007 Belgium / 2009 The Netherlands) followed by ‘Het Draagbaar Paradijs’ (2008) which was released as a CD/book as Well.
- Metropool Orkest at the ‘Nationaal Suikerfeest’; a concert at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (2010) broadcasted on National Dutch television to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr or the end of Ramadan.