Out of the distinctive costumes they sport on the giant bill boards adorning the city, it's difficult to recognise Mimi, Melat, Lemlem, Sara and Emuye – the fictional friends from very different backgrounds that make up Yegna, the lives and performances of whom are traced in a weekly radio drama series.
Mimi is the streetwise street-girl, surviving on her wits.
There are so many girls out there like the one I met," says Zebiba.
"The drama helped me to see life differently."Eyerusalem Kelemwork (Sara) agrees: "I've performed before and what makes Yegna different is that I have seen girls who have similar lives to our characters and so the issues are in my heart – they are our issues and Yegna means 'ours'. Understanding their lives and feeling what they are feeling is the most important thing."Whether this change in attitude can be translated to the wider Ethiopian public remains to be seen.
Before recording started, every member of the band went on a 'girl-led journey', spending two days with young women whose lives are similar to those of the characters they play.
This experience has had a profound effect upon them."The girl-led journey made me realise how difficult life is for many people, including Emuye's life with the abusive father.
The song was also remixed and has been a massive hit in the clubs in the capital, Addis Ababa.
The purity of their voices and the accuracy of their harmonies clearly show that they have talent.
But what is much more striking is that they perform as one – their choice of song, Andinetachin ('togetherness'), is truly apt."The job requires you to support each other.
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With a population of 3,384,569 (2007 census), the city is the largest in the country.
Studious Sara is stifled by her overprotective family.