Undoubtedly the most renowned Ethiopian hip-hop artist of this generation is Fikru Semma, alias Kassmasse. Following releasing his ground-breaking EP “Maleda,” which propelled him to top-tier status, his ascent to prominence has been nothing short of remarkable.
Fusing the Ethiopian Ambassel and Tizita sounds with international rhythms to create a one-of-a-kind new genre that he likes to call ANSAR, his journey to global prominence comes as no surprise. It’s more significant that the budding artist won the Best East African Artist prize at the 2022 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA).
One of the shining stars in Ethiopian hip-hop, Kassmasse is quickly establishing himself as the movement’s undisputed king thanks to his skillfully crafted lyrics and prodigious talents and craftsmanship.