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Years Active: 1963–Currently still active

The Ethiopians are a reggae, rocksteady, and ska vocalgroup, founded by Leonard Dillon, Stephen Taylor and Aston Morris, that started recording for Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd in 1966. Leonard Dillon had previously released some mento songs under the name Jack Sparrow.

Around late 1966 Aston Morris left the Ethiopians.Having left Coxsone the Ethiopians started recording at Dynamic Studios for the W.I.R.L. label releasing one of the all-time ska classics, the exhuberant 'Train to Skaville', which was their first success.

In 1968 they recorded the song Everything Crash, their first big hit and a cry of criticism on the political situation in Jamaica at the time (water rationing and power cuts had been introduced leading to unrest, 31 people were shot by the police).

Everything Crash was later covered by Prince Buster. 'The Whip' is another of their enduring songs from that period.In 1969 they released the album Reggae Power and in 1970 the album Woman a Capture Man.

In the period '70 - '75 the Ethiopians switched from producer to producer releasing several great songs like, no baptism, pirate and good ambition. In 1975 Stephen Taylor died in a car crash, Leonard Dillon continued to tour as the Ethiopian.

In 1991 he recorded the album "On The Road Again".There is also another band under the name as "ETHIOPIANS." They are a lo-fi band with a mix of garage rock and surf creating a unique atmospheric sound.

Members of ETHIOPIANS are Marty Brass and Paul Ryan.


The Ethiopians performs reggae music and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, or other music performances. The estimated booking fee range to book The Ethiopians for your event, Please Contact. The Ethiopians has more than 160.7K listeners worldwide and really knows how to entertain your audience. Similar artists are  The Pioneers, The Tennors, The Paragons, Dandy Livingstone . Contact AAE Music agency for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling The Ethiopians for an upcoming event.

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