Egigayehu Shibabaw, better known as Gigi, is a multi-talented singer from Ethiopia. Her music is a unique blend of African, jazz, slight reggae and futuristic sounds. Cast in an all-Ethiopian theater production, Gigi toured East and South Africa, and eventually France, where she was invited to perform at a Paris world music festival. She was also involved in a French theater production of Solomon and the Queen of ShebaLater, she resettled in San Francisco, and soon caught the attention of Chris Blackwell, who signed her to Palm Pictures. Gigi considers her music to be representative of the world and her international band reflects such with musicians from Ethiopia, West Africa, and the United States of America, including Native-Americans. GiGi already has credits in two feature films in Ethiopia and a song for the soundtrack of the movie endurance. In , Illuminated Audio came out. The result is an ambient reinterpretation. Gigi was once again working with producer Bill Laswell and long-time collaborator Karsh Kale. Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music for many years.
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Ejigayehu Shibabaw , known by her stage name Gigi born is an Ethiopian singer. She has performed the music of Ethiopia in combination with a wide variety of other genres , often in collaboration with her husband Bill Laswell , a bassist and producer. Gigi was born and raised in Chagni in northwestern Ethiopia. She has described learning traditional songs from an Ethiopian Orthodox priest in the family home. Gigi recorded two albums for the expatriate Ethiopian community, but it was her album, titled simply Gigi , that brought her widespread attention. She had been noticed by Palm Pictures owner Chris Blackwell , who had years earlier introduced reggae to the mainstream through his former label, Island Records. Blackwell and Gigi's producer and later, husband Bill Laswell , decided to use American jazz musicians including Herbie Hancock , Wayne Shorter , Pharoah Sanders , and others to accompany Gigi on the album. The result was a fusion of contemporary and traditional sounds.