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Dora Lewis


Elias Negash is an accomplished musician who has combined his native Ethiopian music with his Jazz education and influences from the world music segment.

He played through the seventies and became one of the pioneering figures to have brought Reggae and African music to the Bay Area with smash hit groups including Obeah, Axum, Caribbean All Stars and the Rastafarians. After moving to Los Angeles Elias worked on the Royal Princess Cruise ship out of South Hampton England for four months. He has also done sound track for Television Movie in titled Glitz and also performed on a TV series Murder She Wrote. Elias has also traveled as a Solo pianist and with Magyk Band to Japan.

In addition to his role as a musician, Elias dedicates his time in multiple humanitarian efforts such as fundraising HIV Aids research and treatment, building schools and water-well in the rural areas of Ethiopia. Further, Elias is currently the president of Ethiopian Arts forum that strives to accomplish its objectives through the presentation of Ethiopian Music, Dance, Poetry, Drama and Visual Arts to the community.

Elias has put out six solo CDs titled Love, Harrambe (lets pull together), Peace, Feel Like Dancin’ JAZZED UP, and 2 CD Set “Best Of Elias Negash”.

Currently Elias plays the grand piano at the Historic San Francisco Luxury Hotel On The Crest Of Nob Hill Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel every Sunday Champagne Brunch at the Top from 10:00-2:00 PM