Leza award nominees revealed

Leza award nominees revealed

By Meherete-Selassie Makonnen The final set of artists who will be competing for the Leza awards have been revealed. This year there are nine categories- including best film of the year, best album of the year and lifetime achievement award. […] Continue >>

Ethiopian reggae star releases his fourth album “Ayzone”

Ethiopian reggae star releases his fourth album “Ayzone”

Ethiopian reggae artist Zeleke Gessesse released his fourth reggae album on Friday. The album,titled ‘Ayzone’, by one of the pioneers of reggae music in Ethiopia is the first to be produced at home. The album is produced by Begena Studio, […] Continue >>

An Interview with Ethiopian-American singer Meklit Hadero

Meklit Hadero

By Bunmi Akpata-Ohohe (Rooms Magazine) Born in Ethiopia, from Ethiopian parents, she feels deeply African and deeply American and her records are deeply inspired by Mulatu Astatke, the Godfather of Ethio-Jazz. Her work builds upon the concepts pioneered by Astatke […] Continue >>

Africa Fashion Week London 2015

Africa Fashion Week London 2015

Africa Fashion Week London kicked off in the UK capital on Friday, bringing together over 100 new and emerging designers inspired by the culture of the continent. Susan Mwongeli with more on that. መካፈል ደግ ነው! Did you like this? […] Continue >>

Nollywood: The story behind Nigeria’s domestic movie industry

Nigeria's film industry Nollywood

Despite having only 14 cinemas in a country of 170 million people, Nigeria’s film industry, dubbed “Nollywood”, churns out as many as 50 films a week, sometimes for as little as $10,000 a piece. Many are released straight to DVD […] Continue >>

Remembering the GIANT ROHA Band

Roha band back on stage after two decades

A couple of weeks ago a concert was held at the Ethiopian National Theater. The concert was a tribute to the legendary Mahmoud Ahmed. Apart from Mahmoud, the concert was very special because some members of the famous Roha Band […] Continue >>

Jano Band to release their second album

Jano Band to release their second album

The first Ethio-Rock group Jano will be releasing their second album in three months’ time. According to the band members, the second album will only feature original tracks produced by the band members. The management of Jano has also announced […] Continue >>

Haile Gerima Is a Cinema Legend but Still Can’t Find Support for His Films

Haile Gerima Is a Cinema Legend

Haile Gerima makes movies about social justice, inner-city poverty, and the African American experience. Perhaps unsurprisingly, his films don’t tend to be financed by major studios. He’s typically relied on funding from nonprofits and coproducers in Europe, but this time […] Continue >>

Ethiopian American Singer Rachel Brown’s Uncanny Voice – New Yorker

Rachel Brown

The length of a New York minute is well documented, but the city also presents something more eternal: every night, myriad musicians have a chance to connect with an audience. A few performers, who are at the top of their […] Continue >>

Ethiocolour music video released with a touch of tech

Africa´s first ever 360 VR panorama music video. Filmed on the roof of the National Theater in Ethiopia, central Addis Abeba the dynamic 360° panoramic view was created through seven separate takes with a GoPro camera by Stocktown Films.

Selam Sounds and Stocktown Films have released this week Africa’s first music video created with 360° virtual reality technology. Filmed on the roof of the National Theater in central Addis Ababa, the dynamic 360° panoramic view was created through seven […] Continue >>

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