Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud Ahmed, 75, and Ali Birra, 69, performed beautifully before thousands of their admirers.

The two songs may be of two different languages, but they share so much in common. And their harmonious coming together as one gave the audience in this concert a quintessential Ethiopian experience.

It was an electrifying performance and to see these decades-old songs still managing to sound edgy and fresh, in a world of disposable music, was simply refreshing.

Mahmoud and Ali are not new to Australia - they both had solo concerts held in Melbourne in the past.

Although they had many joint concerts across Ethiopia and elsewhere, this was the first live show they held together on an Australian stage.

To many, the performance unfolding right before them was more than mere entertainment – it represented time-defying continuity of Mahmoud and Ali’s artistic camaraderie.

Many in the audience seemed under no illusion that they were witnessing something of rare occurrence, rare at least in the diaspora. And everyone was busy soaking up the atmosphere, as was evident in the constant standing ovations, and taking the occasion for what it was.

Perhaps the obvious highlight of the concert was when Mahmoud and Ali received some spontaneous vocal support as many members of the audience sang out loud with them, line-by-line and lyric-by-lyric.

It was sensational.

Mahmoud’s grace and charisma, as an actively touring most senior Ethiopian contemporary singer, is something that was impossible not to be impressed by.

The 75-year-old jumped up and down like an energetic youngster causing an eruption of excitement in the audience.

The excitement got even more intense when Mahmoud performed one of his energetic Guragigna songs and showed his dance moves to go with it.

There was also a Somali song performed by Ali Birra and very well received by the audience – making it a diverse concert delivered in four different languages.

What made the concert a very enjoyable experience was also the wonderful talent of The JAzmaris – Melbourne's Ethio-jazz band.

Established in 2011, the band has immensely talented Ethiopian saxophone, keyboard, guitar and drum players among its members who have performed alongside Aster Aweke, Mahmoud Ahmed, Alemayehu Eshete, Bitshat Seyoum, Tesegaye Eshetu and many more on stages in Australia. Their performance on Sunday was powerfully sensational.

The collaboration of The Arts Centre and Multicultural Arts Victoria to organise these types of priceless cultural experiences is commendable.

Our community appreciates it and will support future endeavours of this type.

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne

Mahmoud and Ali held a beautiful concert in Melbourne