Nexus got chatty with Ethiopian reggae and dancehall legend Nhatty Man ahead of his ensemble performance on Saturday 1 July at Nexus Arts. We discovered Nhatty Man’s latest music finds, favourite Adelaide haunts and how it feels to play the music he loves.
My music is a mix of Ethiopian roots, reggae and a bit of dancehall. I want to pay respect to the legends who have paved the way for us, but also adding in my own unique style to make it relevant to the audience today.
Teddy Afro’s new album is revolutionary. It has inspired me so much to be true to myself in my lyric writing and spread an important message to my people through music to unite to make peace. The music and lyrics have the potential to make real change in our country.
Mahmoud Ahmed will always make me happy. Well a bittersweet happy, because it reminds me of home, my memories and my childhood. When I listen to Mahmoud I’m instantly imagining the countryside, my people and my culture.
I feel proud that I can represent my culture on stage in Australia. Many people have a negative view of Ethiopia due to the media, but my country has such an ancient tradition, music, history that I am so proud about. I feel honoured to share that with Australian audiences. I also love performing for my community who are able to travel back home just for a moment while they dance to our music.
I love watching the crowd smiling, dancing and singing along. Being an artist can be a hard life but it’s worth it when you see you are making people happy.
We were so lucky to perform at WOMADelaide this year. The best part was to be able to perform at a festival with legends I have looked up to for so long like Oumou Sangare and then meet new friends like the guys from The Soil.
One of the best Ethiopian restaurants in Australia is in Adelaide! It’s called the African Village Centre Restaurant and we recommend everyone go to eat there to taste great Ethiopian food!
My son makes me smile every day. His name is Mekasha which means new hope or happiness. It was very hard to leave my home, my friends, my mother, but I have found a new hope here in Australia through my son.
Nhatty Man and Gara’s second visit to Adelaide since an energetic WOMAD debut will see the band playing alongside Adelaide’s own Local Revolution. It’s going to be a joyful night of soul, funk, afrobeat, dancehall, reggae and generally good vibes at Nexus Arts. Get your tickets in quick before they sell out!
Photo: Michelle Grace Hunder