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Gigi

Ejigayehu Shibabaw, better known as Gigi, is one of the few singers from the Horn of Africa -- the first since countrywoman Aster Aweke, in fact -- to break through with a major-label release. Gigi grew up in rural Ethiopia, listening to traditional and church music, before moving to the capital, Addis Ababa, when she was 14. There, her musical horizons broadened, hearing the local pop music "and all kinds of American music we could get on the radio. After that I went to Kenya, and there I was exposed to a lot of different African music, a different kind of beat." Returning home, she became a singer with the National Theatre before making her debut record, following which she worked with a puppet company, whose touring took her to France. It was there her real breakthrough occurred, playing a world music festival called Imagineer which resulted in a live recording that made her known in Europe. After returning to Ethiopia in 1997, she was granted a U.S. visa. The New World offered plenty of challenges and she grasped them all eagerly, discovering jazz in Oakland and hitting the road with countrywoman Aweke, "my favorite singer." She made another album, One Ethiopia, before coming to the attention of Palm Pictures honcho Chris Blackwell. She was paired with prolific producer Bill Laswell, who used talent like jazzmen Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter behind her on Gigi, her debut for the label. However, for all the electronic feel of the disc, no loops or samples were employed -- everything was played, and as live as possible. Gigi began promoting the record by appearing at the 2001 WOMEX world music conference in Holland, prior to a U.S. tour. ~ Chris Nickson, Rovi
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A really joyous sound!
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concert dates???
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Yes Yes Yes InDEED!!!!!
Just WONDERFUL!!! ! ! :-D
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Lovely voice
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Beautiful music! Lovely voice!
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Gigi is my fever ate all the time well connected spiritually keep it up
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Gigi grew up in rural Ethiopia. read it?
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This bio is not correct. Gigi is from Ethiopia.
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Very brilliant,& amazing voice keep up the good job.
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GIGI Is a gift artist for ethiopian.
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Pandora why after 3 years has the bio for this talented artist not been updated? Clearly this is the wrong bio....
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erinltf
how could anyone dare compare Gigi to Ellie Greenwich?
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jeanjacque3
She was influenced by her mother who wrote poetry. Many of the songs from her 2001 breakout album are based on poems written by her mother.
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Ma dream girl gigi @always love ya! U r #1.
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awesome
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mwooten50
Her music touches my soul.....so wonderful music
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love it
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love it
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r.tesema
Gigi is my s**t ...always in my heart #sew alegh ..!!
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zebiba07
She is the love of my life!!
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make an updated biography on wikipedia if you have one
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The bio is totally wrong. anyone knows how to update it or how to contact Pandora so that we can update it?
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Bio is completely wrong,Gigi is a person of great talent and this needs to be addressed
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I don't think this bio description is accurate... Gigi is Ethiopian, Married to renown bassist Bill Laswell... I also think they live in NY, not Vancouver... .
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I love here, She is so freeeeeeee
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mahkeddaht
gigi, sofia and the talented late Tigist Shibabaw from bole 2 harlem are all amazing voices. tigist also sings backup on GiGI. we love you and miss you Tigist!
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jeanjacque3
Her 2001 debut was the first album I ever brought wondering into the World Music section at Tower Records, and the BEST!! Afrobeat forever!!!
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Yep. This is mos def the wrong bio. There is another band called Gigi, which is the above...
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theo226
Wrong bio indeed
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gradyamann
Gigi is an Ethiopian singer. She sings in Amharic.
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itstiz
Yes wrong bio. She is an Ethiopian singer!
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a_lumei2003
OMG do I love this woman's voice! I wish her sister would also perform more secular songs because her voice is equally (and sometimes even better) as amazing than Gigi's! Such yummy Ethiopian jazz/reggae vibes!
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The best singer ever........ . . . . . . .
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emily.frelic k
WRONG BIO for this Gigi
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Both hot and cool.
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You've got the wrong Gigi highlighted with the song, or the wrong Gigi and song with the right group. The Gigi who's singing now is the most famous female vocalist in Ethiopia, singing in Amharic. The one you've highlighted is the Vancouver Indie band. Disconcertin g , to say the least.
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I love GiGi what more can I say
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You should hear her sister who is a real talent. I think She is better than Gigi. Gigi's sister is not famous because of her strict devotion to singing Ethiopian Gospel songs. Her name is Sofia Shibabaw
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ngwilliams
Please correct the description about the artist.
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negashiferaw
The description about the artist is about a different artist, apparently they have the same name. The Gigi I have on the list is an Ethiopian singer based in New York.
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westkathryn5

Ejigayehu Shibabaw, Aka, Gigi! So talented.

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