Singer-songwriter Berhana had a lot of influences to pull from for his debut album HAN, out now.
Born as Amain Berhane in Atlanta to Ethiopian parents, the singer merged his interests and global experiences to create a kaleidoscopic 14-track debut project. Speaking with ESSENCE, Berhana elaborated on how his Ethiopian roots have influenced his style, which is a blend of pop and R&B with hints of electronica and psychedelic soul.
“I was exposed to a lot of types of music when I was growing up,” he said.
Berhana has also been fortunate enough to find fans thanks to showrunners like Donald Glover and Issa Rae, who’ve added his music to soundtracks for their shows, Atlanta and Insecure, respectively.
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“I think it’s cool,” Berhana said before discussing how Glover and Rae use their platform to help new artists. “I think the platform that they have and how they’re using that platform to shine light on other young artists that might be well-known, or might not be as well-known, is pretty cool.”