Rophnan: Roots with Rare Genre

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A native of Addis Abeba, the 27-year old recently released his first album, Netsebrak [Reflection]. Picture: AddisFortune

Rophnan Nuri, Rophy, was only 16 when he started producing music, literally six years after his first performance before his classmates. The ninth child of a family of 10, he has gone through a career path as a DJ, composer, guitarist, radio host, producer, and songwriter.

A native of Addis Abeba, the 27-year old recently released his first album, Netsebrak [Reflection], adopting a new genre of mixing music electronically. Fans put him in league with Swedish musician, DJ, and remixer, the late Tim Bergling, stage-name Avicii.

As his album hit the market just a few months ago, Rophy has rapidly gained momentum and is winning the hearts of the younger generation, whose infatuation with electronic music is emerging. Produced by SIGMA Entertainment & Events Plc, the album was published with 50,000 copies and was well received among the youth. Rophnan, who blends high tempo electronic bits with Ethiopian melodies, sat down for an interview with FORTUNE’S EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, FASIKA TADESSE.

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