Ethiopia Habtemariam: Women In Music 2014

Ethiopia Habtemariam: Women In Music 2014

Billboard magazine has named Ethiopia Habtemariam, President of Motown Records and Head of Universal Music Group’s urban music division, as one of the 2014 top women in music. Ethiopia was among the leaders honored at the Billboard Women in Music luncheon held at Cipriani Wall Street on Friday, Dec. 12th in New York. The honorees […] Read more

Effective ‘Difret’ looks at abhorrent practice in Ethiopia


The compelling “Difret” is a small film with a lot on its mind. Authentic and affecting, this drama about fighting against the Ethiopian tradition of abducting young girls into marriage is potent enough to be that country’s official Academy Award submission and gain the support of Angelina Jolie as an executive producer. Director Zeresenay Berhane […] Read more

Former Miss Ethiopia Atti Worku Raises $1.3 Million for Dream School Initiative in Adama in Ethiopia

Former Miss Ethiopia Atti Worku Raises $1.3 Million for Dream School Initiative in Adama in Ethiopia

New York (TADIAS) – During the “New Yorkers for Seeds” fundraising gala at the Schomburg Center in Harlem yesterday evening former Miss Ethiopia Atti Worku, Founder of Seeds of Africa Foundation, announced that their Dream School Initiative has raised 1.3 million to date to build a state-of-the-art education facility in her hometown of Nazret/Adama in […] Read more

Difret Los Angeles Premiere at Laemmle Music Hall Theater – Friday, December 12th

Difret Los Angeles Premiere at Laemmle Music Hall Theater – Friday, December 12th

Los Angeles – The Los Angeles premiere of the award-winning film and Ethiopia’s official Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film, Difret, opens on Friday, December 12th at Laemmle Music Hall Theater in Beverly Hills. Organizers note that the film will play for one week only with 5:00pm shows everyday. The cast and crew will […] Read more

A rap star from the “Dimple of Norway”


She was appointed as UNICEF’s ambassador to Ethiopia just a few days ago. Born and raised in Stavern, a small town affectionately known as “Dimple of Norway”, from an Ethiopian parents, Abelone Melese, is an aspiring hip-hop artist. She brilliantly contested in the Norway Talent Show 2014 playing the popular hip-hop genre music together with […] Read more

Tapping Into Africa’s Expertise

fashion entrepreneur Yodit Eklund

In July, the fashion entrepreneur Yodit Eklund did the unusual. She decided to restructure her four-year-old surfwear brand Bantu Wax, with the aim of reflecting and serving the African surf culture she grew up with. Collaborating with local artists is a major part of Ms. Eklund’s new brand vision for the Ethiopian-made clothing line. “I […] Read more

Rebuni receives awards at film festival

idist Yilma, won Best Director and Screenplay

Renowned for awarding the best Ethiopian filmmakers every year, the Ethiopian International Film Festival (ETHIOIFF) ended on November 24. Held for the ninth time, the festival kick-started on November 17. This year the competition consisted of 10 categories- best Feature Film, Cinematography, Director, Screenplay, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Promising Child and Audience Choice. […] Read more

Jazzamba: The Ballad of Addis Ababa


In the early 1970s, Ethiopia’s music scene rivaled any on earth in terms of swing, inventiveness and sheer beauty. A decade later, it was nearly wiped out — a victim of the strife and famine that drove many of the nation’s great artists into exile. As Ethiopia regains its footing, an unlikely ambassador has emerged […] Read more

Band Aid 30 backlash: Celebrity charity model losing lustre


Even charities want to be cool. But in the age of viral media and a more cynical and sophisticated public, fundraising strategists say philanthropy is tilting more towards grassroots campaigns and “clicktivism,” and away from rock star benefit songs and celebrity-hosted telethons. “Do they know it’s not the ’80s anymore?” London’s The Daily Mail asked […] Read more

New Film Puts Spotlight on Legendary Ethiopian Artist Asnaketch Worku

Asnaketch Worku

A new film looks at the life of the Ethiopian singer, actor and dancer Asnaketch Worku, who the film’s director calls “Ethiopia’s Edith Piaf”. Rachael Samuel’s new film is called Asni and focuses on the life of the musician. Asnaketch was deemed very controversial in the Ethiopia of the 1950s and 60s, which was a […] Read more

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