Elemo Ali has been widely recognised within his own Oromo community for his outstanding contributions to Oromo music and culture. Numerous awards of recognition have come from across the globe - Germany, Australia, United States and several here in Canada, most recently at the Oromo Community Achievement Awards of 1999. He currently has a new CD on the market, “Leelloo/Graceful”, and looks set to get broader recognition as a top African musician here in Toronto.
His music features many of the beats used in his Oromia homeland such as the shagoye (a reggae beat) ragda (a traditional 6/8 rhythm and the ceremonial dhiscisa.
Elemo Ali performed ai AfroFest in 1999.