Honoring the legend

GETATCHEW MEKURIA & THE EX & FRIENDS

Getachew Mekuria is one of Ethiopia’s well known saxophone players who got world wide acclaim. Although he is well known for playing the sax, when he begun his musical journey, Getachew started out playing traditional Ethiopian musical instruments such as the Kerar and the Masenqo. According to his biography, the musician started his professional career […] Read more

The remaking of old sounds

The remaking of old sounds

A while ago in the breezy outdoor garden of Ghion Hotel, as part of Selam Festival, a member of rock fusion band Jano, called Dibekulu, performed a song entitled ‘Yematbela Wof.’ Giving a new sound to Assefa Abate’s old song ‘Yematbela Wof,’ with a very loud tempo, the band members jump, creating a harmony with […] Read more

“Difret” spotlights feminist issues in Ethiopia

Zeresenay Berhane Mehari

In the opening scene of “Difret,” Zereseney Mehari’s first feature film, human rights lawyer Meaza Ashenafi (Meron Getnet) reassures one of her clients: “Don’t worry,” she says. “There are laws in this country. No one is above the law.” But Meaza’s faith in Ethiopia’s justice system comes to a head when she hears about Hirut […] Read more

#ArtMobile unleashes creativity in Addis Ababa

#Artmobile Ethioipa Edition

On Thursday October 2nd, the Brazilian Embassy was the venue for a workshop filled with a lot of creativity. The #ArtMobile teaches the young and old alike, how to produce art using a common tool, the cell phone. Giuliano Chiaradia and Ana Rocha, both Brazilians, brought the #ArtMobile project workshop to Addis Ababa where many […] Read more

Ethiocolor releases debut album

Ethiocolor releases debut album

The highly anticipated Ethiocolor debut album was released on Thursday September 25th at the Fendika Cultural Club. The band that is known for their vibrant live shows combines the Azmari culture from the northern part of the country with other regional sounds, and by using amplified versions of traditional instruments, they are pioneering a new […] Read more

ERCA Claims 3.5m Br in Unpaid Tax on Film Camera

Tewdros Teshome

The customs authority is preparing to take Tewodros Teshome, of Sebastopol Cinema, to court over the next two weeks. This comes after allegations of tax cheating, which could have saved him over a million Birr, when he imported an expensive Red One camera and allegedly passed it off as the cheaper Scarlet version. Officers of […] Read more

Artist Haimanot laid to rest

Artist Haimanot to be laid to rest tomorrow

Ethiopian Artist Ass. Professor Haimanot Alemu, who died last Friday at the age of 68, was laid to rest at the Holy Trinity Cathedral on September 23, 2014. He was a great artist, scholar and musician. He was a head of National Theater in Addis Ababa and also a Professor at AAU in theatrical art. […] Read more

Step into a supermodel’s shoes with Liya Kebede

Step into a supermodel's shoes with Liya Kebede

Giving back Time to pack your bags, Kebede’s en route to Paris for a charity event. There’s no rest for this jetsetting businesswoman … not that she minds. Here’s a selfie in the airport bookstore ahead of her flight. She passionately explains: “The possibility to give back is a privilege, I feel lucky that I […] Read more

Lax Copyright Laws Crippling Musicians

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Yosef Gebre, aka Jossy In Z House, has been working on his new album entitled ‘Meche New’ – literally translated as ‘When is it?’ for six years. His album was supposed to be released during the Easter holiday, but was pushed back to the Ethiopian New Year because of sponsorship deals. “There is not such […] Read more

Ethiopian Difret premiere halted after protagonist denies permission, not compensated

Aberash Bekele and Zersenay Brhane-Difret Movie Saga

Aberash Bekele, who’s Difret film was based on her life story said that the writer of the film did not ask her permission to write and to portray the film on the cinema. The film, which cost USD one million, and won two international film awards, has been banned from the Ethiopian cinema until the […] Read more

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