Born in Vancouver, Nebyu Yohannes began playing guitar and drums in church, eventually moving to the trombone in the seventh grade and pursuing through to post-secondary, where he moved to Toronto to study music at Humber College.
From being exposed to Motown, rock, and traditional Ethiopian music as a young boy, to discovering jazz, R&B, and classical in his college years, Nebyu has digested a diverse artistic palette from which to draw from when creating. In June of 2016, he released his first project entitled “Nebyu Yohannes EP,” a work dedicated to three original contemporary jazz compositions. Following the release, new pieces began to emerge, showcasing his diverse artistry, such as the release of the original classical piece “Heaven on Earth” in 2017, and two indie-r&b songs, “Danger” and “All These Years” in 2019, revealing his abilities as a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. In April of 2021, Nebyu released “Silhouette of Yesteryear,” a 3-track EP diving into his most vulnerable moments of 2020.
Nebyu has performed alongside many great Canadian and international musicians including Take 6, Michael McDonald, Martha Reeves, Quique Escamilla, and Vox Sambou.