Mikael Siefu's music does not westernize extant Ethiopian music. Instead, Seifu uses Ethio-Jazz's spirit of brewing estranged styles for his own musical tincturing. Seiko's passion above all else is to create something befitting of its time, yet "eternally Ethiopian." The latter phrase was the mantra guiding Seifu through the creation of Zelalem, and a source of inspiration for the cover artwork.
Zelalem spotlights the music of Ethiopia's past as well as its future. Mikael Seifu illustrates the potential for reinterpreting sacred and proud sources through energized palettes. His latest effort heralds the future of this new music and signals the genesis of Ethiopian Electronic, where the known and unknown commune.