Mulugeta Abate


Mulugeta Abate is an Ethiopian songwriter, arranger, and lyricist popular for his prolific work on about 400 different albums or more than 4000 songs in various languages of Ethiopia. His latest works includes the album by Man Alemosoh, which featured a popular song "Wello." He also is credited for albums by dozens of singers in the Oromo languageincluding the pop star Saiha Sami, and Desaligne Mersah in the Gurage language. He also arranged the popular Amharic song "ሕልሜን የት ልክሰሰው" sung by Gosaye Tesfye.

Mulugeta Abate is from Kombolcha, Wollo, Ethiopia. He is also known by another name Roobaa Dhaabaa (Oromo name). In his latest interview with Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation/EBC3, Mulugeta explained that the name Roobaa Dhaabaa was given to him by Oromos as a reward for his wonderful contribution in the development of Oromo song industry.

In Ethiopia, the vocalist receives most of the credit for the songs he or she performs, while the lyricist and melodist are often not credited, or barely mentioned, and are generally unrecognized by the public. Thus, most Ethiopians do not know the authors of songs, as in the case of Mulugeta Abate.

ETAddis Ababa, Ethiopia


Mulugeta Abate
Profile added by Stanley Gazemba on 08 Jul 2015