Ethiopian rapper Lij Michael

In Ethiopia, there is no one who does hip hop better than Lij Michael, at least according to what we have seen from his music so far. Lij Michael, the pioneer of hip hop in Ethiopia is adamant to rap only in Amharic, saying that he loves his local language and he doesn't mind sharing it with the world.

DStv caught up with him when he was in Nairobi for his debut on Coke Studio Africa and he told us more about his style of music which is turning heads in Ethiopia. On this season of Coke Studio Africa, the Ethiopian rapper collaborated with Tanzania up-beat group Yamoto Band for a fusion of Ethiopian hip hop and Bongo.

In the video below, check out what Lij Michael had to say about the rise of hip hop in Ethiopia and why he's looking to revolutionize music in his country.

For starters, he's already done a collaboration with American R'n'B singer Trey Songz who is also featured on this season of Coke Studio Africa.


Remember to tune in to Lij Michael's debut on Coke Studio Africa alongside Yamoto Band working with France-based producer DSK, from 17 October on Maisha Maisha East.