Rahel Yohannes' entrance into the music business was almost by coincidence. As the manager of an Ethiopian restaurant, Rahel would frequently entertain her customers by singing a cappella for them. Her patrons began to look forward to her impromptu performances and one evening, one of these admirers brought the late Ketema Mekonnen - a well-known singer and player of traditional musical instruments - to the restaurant and asked Rahel to join him in a song. She performed the haunting ballad "Tizita," and a couple of years later released her first album. Since then, she has released nine recordings as a professional singer. In addition to being an accomplished entertainer, Rahel is an entrepreneur who has owned and operated various nightclubs in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Presently, she entertains ever-growing audiences at the Fasika Restaurant and Nightclub in Addis Ababa. Menelik, a tribute to the late emperor of Ethiopia, is Rahel's tenth album.
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