ADDIS ABABA – Electronic music star ROPHNAN has been chosen by FORBES Magazine as one of the 30 most influential young entrepreneurs under the age of 30 in Africa.
ROPHNAN’s debut album, released in May of 2018, introduced a new sound of Ethiopian and African music, engaging a huge fanbase in a musical movement in Ethiopia and abroad.
He self-funded his career with the money he made as a club DJ and over the years, he learned the technical side of music and produced his own distinct sound.
“I was always fascinated by the fusion of different instruments and voices, and created a unique niche for myself by amalgamating traditional Ethiopian sounds from the past with futurist electronic music,” he says.
Nuri’s talent also saw him being one of the three African DJs chosen by the South African DJ, Black Coffee, to perform in Ibiza Spain in 2017.
In 2018, he received awards in three categories at the 2018 Leza Awards in Ethiopia.
In the same year, he featured on a song titled Get To Work by Major Lazer, a popular American electronic dance music trio.
Despite his global impact, Nuri says he will always stay true to his Ethiopian roots, one of the reasons why he is most loved by his fellow Ethiopians.
“Getting recognition and support in my home country is unparalleled. My ability to engineer traditional instruments and merge them with popular sounds has earned me incredible support in the form of sold-out performances,” he says,
Inclusion in the list establishes ROPHNAN at the forefront of African contemporary music.
Earlier this year ROPHNAN participated in Coke Studio Africa in what many considered a season highlight. These days, ROPHNAN is completing his nation-wide tour, MY GENERATION::LIVE::, which has seen thousands of his fans (dubbed “PHANS”) pack arenas across different cities in Ethiopia.
The tour, organized by TOR Events and sponsored by Amole, brought the Ethiopian music scene to new heights in a never-seen-before musical and visual experience to the absolute joy of his PHANS.
FORBES 30 Under 30 is the definitive list of Africa’s most promising young change-makers.
Other names included on this year’s list include Ethiopia’s own Ginzebe Dibaba, Liverpool F.C.’s Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, Nigerian superstar Burna Boy, South Africa’s Sho Madjozi, and Arsenal F.C.’s Alex Iwobi. Other musicians who have previously made the list include Davido, Wizkid, Yemi Alade, and Cassper Nyovest.