Zeleke Gessesse is one of Ethiopian respected musician. He is known as the main member of Dallol band, the band which has many good and respected history in the Ethiopian Music industry.
As a political refugee, who left his Ethiopian homeland 30 years ago when suppression overcame the country, Zeleke traveled to the United States with his fellow musicians and brothers from Africa to pursue his college education and his music. In the U.S. they created one of the most successful music partnerships with Ziggy Marley, whose father, Bob Marley, had a deep affinity for Ethiopia as well as all of Africa. Zeleke and his band Dallol, world-toured with Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers starting in 1984. Zeleke returned to his Chicago home between tours, to concentrate on his own music, releasing his first CD in 1995 Come to Me, while still working with Ziggy on his 1998 release, Fallen is Babylon with hit songs Diamond City and Brotherly Love.
Beginning with the albums Conscious Party and One Bright Day, both platinum albums produced with Ziggy Marley, Zeleke has seen the world connect to his blend of African and Ethiopian rhythm with Jamaican Reggae -introducing a global world beat sound that has enormous universal appeal.
Zeleke’s music, which unites the Marley vision of One Love and his own vision of universal peace, flows with many languages in each song. Combining Amharic, his native tongue of Ethiopia, with English and the patios of Jamaica, Zeleke’s sound is as unique as his music and his background.
Zeleke has continued to forge ahead with his own unique sound and message to the world. Listen to the dance rhythms of eastern Africa, on his solo projects, Come to Me, 1996, Out of Africa 2000, and Selamproduced with his 6-piece band, and recorded live in the Wild Hare Studio 2007, and you can transport yourself to any destination club in the world.
For the last 11 years, Zeleke has traveled back to Ethiopia where his message of unity and tolerance has made him a household name in eastern Africa.
Together, with his long-time friend Ziggy Marley, and his brother Addis Gessesse, they have organized a charity organization called One Love Africa™, building thirty (30) One Love Africa primary schools for underprivileged African children in rural Ethiopia.
While in Chicago, Zeleke established deeper roots there and became a founder of the wildly successful Wild Hare Reggae Club.