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Getatchew Mekuria has died

The Ethiopian saxophonist and The Ex collaborator Getatchew Mekuria dies aged 80

Ethiopian saxophonist Getatchew Mekuria died on 4 April. He was 80 years old. The news of his death was announced by his friends The Ex, the Dutch punk veterans with whom he regularly collaborated during the past decade.

Mekuria’s musical career spanned eight decades, starting in 1949 when he joined The Municipality Band. He went on to play in The Haile Selassie Orchestras, The National Theatre Orchestra, and more. In 1970 he released the album Negus Of Ethiopian Sax,which was reissued as part of the influential Ethiopiques series in 2003. From the mid-2000s onwards he played frequently with The Ex, making numerous appearances at the group’s residencies at London’s Cafe Oto. Before his death The Ex had announced a series of fundraising events to raise money for Mekuria’s healthcare costs.