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HABTE SELASSIE - Psalm 151(Smaller Was I)



HABTE SELASSIE - Ziggy Zagga (inna di dance)

HABTE SELASSIE - Attention Affection




HABTE SELASSIE ??? ??? is an upcoming recording reggae artist; SINGER/songwriter, musician, One the best BASS players (major instrument) you may ever find today, a Guitarist and drummer with a touch in music production, a mesmerizing On-Stage Performer, soccer player, radio and at some point, Television presenter. (Sanyu 88.2 FM & ITN/Sanyu TV - in Uganda, respectively)

Habte may be also credited as an influential element initialising modern FM broadcasting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, helping to establish and assemble Ethiopia's 1st "All English FM radio Station (via FANA 98.1 & AFRO 105.3 FM respectively)

First live performance on stage was as early as the age 13 years, gradually gaining experience playing bass and singing at the same time.

The music business has not been much of the driving force in career in the passed, but should be an inevitable part of the rest of Habte's life now.

Having met with Bob Marley's mother in the early Youth days on a TV set (The Show "Island Jams" Habte hosted on ITN/Sanyu TV), as a raggamuffin artist back in the day, Cedella Marley Booker motioned Habte towards roots conscious reggae and convinced him that the dancehall ragga was soon going to be over shadowed again by conscious roots reggae music, encouraging Habte to take seriously on the message of Rastafari and directing Habte, then going by stage name; Miles "Coco Banton", to even drop the "hardcore stage name "Coco Banton" for her rather preferred calmer of his "given-English" names "J Miles", which she preferred using to call Habte as is evident in the song collaboration "EXODUS" where she introduces Habte to the reggae world with a Bob Marley tributary song.

The song runs on two riddim versions. The first version was cut on a Habte produced instrumental riddim, which also beds the song "Cleaning it Up". The second version is on a Morgan Heritage reproduced version riddim of Bob Marley's "Forever Loving Jah riddim".
Habte is one of the first artists from the raggamuffin genre of reggae to have started riding on roots reggae riddims towards conscious reggae music along the time the likes of Buju Banton, Capleton, Beenie Man and many of that time's "turned Rasta" ragga artists who also inclined to the roots reggae sound in the transition of time.

Along the way, Habte has performed with or opened for or featured on stage with like Of Red Rat, Goofy, Buju Banton, Starkey Banton, and a trailer load of other artists although it was a "host Radio/ TV presenter appearance" for ITN in most cases of the concert tours.

Much as Habte may be little known, compared to other older reggae artists today, Habte has been in and around on a lower profile and may as well be one of "THE UNKNOWN CHILD/YOUNG VETERANS" in music let alone reggae music.

Having grown up in a very conservative family that did not believe much or anyway at all in taking music for a career may be the reason and explanation as to why Habte has not been on his rightful shine today in the music industry.

However, Like many veterans may make a come back, Habte Selassie energetically versatile is making a come back on the "reggae-train".

Born and partly raised in Entebbe. As an African with so much Cultural influence from some of the growing up places, Africa, U.K, U.S.A, at different periods of the LIFE journey to date, there is quite something coming up to the face of the musical world. Habte would say;

"I can't wait to show what is going on in my mind artistically.
We have grown through observing many pioneers, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, New Edition, Bobby Brown, BoyzIIMen, Jodeci, R.Kelly, Boney M, Kool and The Gang, Marvin Gaye, Steel Pulse, Musical Youth plus many more influences."

With a touch in music production, picked through New England's Art Institute of Arts at Massachusetts Communications College in Boston, The versatility is exciting in combination of demonstration and stage performance.
May the rest speak through the works in the hours of the rising sun.