Biography

Menna Mulugeta was born in 1991 in Wiesbaden, Germany.  As her name suggests, she has roots in a distant country. Her parents are Ethiopian and met in Germany as students of pharmacology. After Menna's birth, the family moved to the wine-village, Weiler, near Bingen on the Rhine, where Menna and her younger sister grew up.

It was there that Menna discovered her talent in various artistic areas and developed with the support of her parents. Menna found her passion and unusual talent for music at the age of ten, through local and school theater, and talent contests.

Menna im StudioShe gained stage experience through countless performances with yearly carnival productions featuring her as a soloist, and at weddings, birthdays, festive events and concerts.

A notable highpoint of her career was her participation in the second season of the talent show „The Voice of Germany." During the show, produced in Berlin, she sang herself into the hearts of millions of television viewers. Out of thousands of applicants, Menna made it into the team of German pop star, Nena, and was voted by a television audience of 5 million viewers into the last sixteen talents of the show.

An early benchmark of her development years was a song contest „Voice Vision" in 2005, a statewide competition which she won when she was only fourteen years old, competing with older contestants.

Since that time, she has appeared often as a guest speaker and soloist in numerous television talk shows and live music broadcasts in Germany.

2007
featured artist in the SWR-TV show „Sunday Tour - A musical trip through the Rhineland to the Loreley"
participation, together with a choir of elementary students from Weiler, in the live TV program „The 100 best Rhinelanders"
2010:
participation in the following SWR-TV productions: „View of the Land", „SWR on Tour", „Sunday Tour" „Lower Nahe Valley to Bingen" and performance at the award ceremony „Matter of Honor"
2011:
Live Interview at „Coffee or Tea" (Cultural program for Southwest Germany)
2012:
guest in „View of the Land SWR"
2013:
guest in „View of the Land SWR"

Menna's private studies have included classical voice, jazz and pop, as well as piano and music theory. She graduated from the prestigious German gymnasium high school system with the diploma of Abitur in 2011, with a special focus in music, among other subjects.

A long visit to Ethiopia, following her high school graduation, had a profound influence on Menna's music and personal development. Inspired by the lively Ethiojazz scene, she returned to Europe, and began her work as a fulltime freelance artist

In June 2012 Menna presented her debut CD recording entitled „Free"containing original songs and an Ethiopian cover song, at the international jazz festival „Bingen Swingt." The songs were all written in teamwork with musicians/composers Julie Spencer and Gernot Blume and have received very positive feedback.

Menna PortraitAudiences, press, and fellow musicians alike have attested to Menna's emotional depth of expression, remarkable stylistic flexibility, impressive scope of sound colors, and breathtaking technical virtuosity. Her performances are regularly met with speechless commentators, and standing ovations.  As a natural talent, Menna embodies an artistic breadth and maturity beyond her years, with a promising career well on its way.