AddisZefen.com does not host western music. The site specializes in Ethiopian regional artists, to give a platform to those artists who may otherwise go unheard at a general music service. Along with music, AddisZefen.com features general and entertainment news, videos and live radio from Ethiopia.
AddisZefen.com started in 2005 as a way to bring Ethiopian entertainment to a wider audience and provide entertainment for people from the region living elsewhere. Beginning in the mid-1970s, many Ethiopians left the country to avoid war and government upheaval, leading to estimates as of 2013 that one in 20 Ethiopians lives outside of the country. For people of the Ethiopian Diaspora, access to news and entertainment from their native people provides a community with no need to feature western music, which is easily available from other online services.