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Tigist Shibabaw

Tigist Shibabaw

Hip hop singer
Tigist Shibabaw
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Hip hop singer
Was Singer
From Ethiopia
Type Music
Gender female
Birth 1 January 1980
Death 1 January 2008 (aged 28 years)
The details (from wikipedia)


Tigist Shibabaw (1980–January 2008), born in Chagni, Ethiopia, was an Ethiopian singer and one of the original members of the Harlem-based hip hop fusion band Bole2Harlem. She was the sister of singer Gigi.

Early life

Tigist was born and raised in Chagni, a small town in northwestern Ethiopia. She was one of ten siblings, born into a family of coffee farmers that relied on the local river for their harvest. According to her sister, Gigi, their household was always filled with entertainment; the children of the house were often recruited to entertain guests.

Recording career

Tigist immigrated to the United States in 2000 to pursue a music career, joining her older sister Gigi who was already a globally acclaimed musician in her own right. Their father had initially forbidden Gigi from becoming an entertainer.


Tigist died at the age of twenty-eight in Bahar Dar, Ethiopia where she is said to have traveled on a spiritual journey shortly after she finished recording with Bole2Harlem. Details regarding the circumstances surrounding her death never emerged, including the exact date of her death. She was buried in Chagni, Ethiopia, the town where she was born, among family.


Artist Album Label Year
Gigi Gigi Palm Pictures 2001
Jah Wobble and Bill Laswell Radioaxiom (A Dub Transmission) Palm Pictures 2001
Abyssinia Infinite Zion Roots Network Medien 2003
Mandeng Eletrik Man:De.Ng Eletrik Mulatta 2004
Various artists African Dreams Ellipsis Arts 2004
Gigi Gold And Wax Palm Pictures 2006
Bole 2 Harlem Volume 1 Sounds of the Mushroom 2006
Various artists Un Automne 2007 Les Inrockuptibles 2007
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