mqa featured artist

Mike Ellison

Ethiopian-born and Detroit-based hip-hop artist, Mike Ellison, blends different cultures and genres to produce his unique sound.

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Born in Addis Ababa, raised in Virginia, Mike would spend his summers with family in Queen’s New York, which is where he was first exposed to hip-hop culture. His music career took off when he arrived in Detroit, where he says he was seduced by the artistry of the city.

Mike uses his music as a platform to inform, inspire and engage audiences. In Warrior’s Rhythm, Mike combines East and West African drum patterns, which are rarely mixed, an effect that “furthers the idea of bridging cultures, countries and communities together.”

I'm rediscovering my own music. So many nuances and textures.

Mike Ellison

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