The Green Manalishi is a psychedelic folk / dream pop band from Ethiopia formed by Aman Kahsay and Blen Girmay in 2014. The band released their first single in 2017 and their debut EP Critically Acclaimed in 2018. The band’s music is primarily influenced by 1960’s Bob Dylan, Velvet Underground and The Rolling Stones. Other influences include Brian Jonestown Massacre, Slowdive and Black Market Karma.
Known for their signature melancholic and atmospheric sound, the Green Manalishi identify themselves as Shoegaze band characterized by ethereal sounding mixture of obscured vocals, guitar distortion and effects, feedback and overwhelming volume. Their distinctive sound is a combination of ethereal, swirling vocals with layers of distorted, bent, flanged guitars, creating a wash of atmospheric sound.