Exhibition focusing on environment

July 12, 2012 2 comments


A photography exhibition with focus on environmental issues has opened on Tuesday night at the National museum, Addis Ababa. The show featuring the work of Ethiopian photographer Binyam Mengesha explores the degradation of the environment, and chronicles the dynamic changes that are both natural and man-made.
Including some 100 photos, the collection focuses on pastoralists, sedentary farmers who are trying to preserve their traditional way of life in an environment of devastating drought and advancing climate change.

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Photography and painting exhibition

July 9, 2012 2 comments


An art show featuring acclaimed photographer Aida Muluneh and emerging painter Emanuel Tegene opened on July 5, 2012 at the Italian Cultural Institute in Addis Ababa. Entitled “The Art of memory”, the exhibit is a collection of 16 photographs and 37 paintings, produced in different times, by the artists who are now husband and wife. Aida and Emanuel pair their creations to showcase ‘an idea of our inner self, of captured moments that resonates a connection to our surroundings, of our past and our inner truths,” they wrote the in the exhibition leaflet. While the photos captures dazzling human moments, which Aida maximizes through sense of composition, the paintings reflect of the moment with highly accomplished images and rich color. Read more…

Reggae star to fly high

July 1, 2012 3 comments

Rising Ethiopian reggae star Jah Lude will perform at Addis Ababa’s Lafto mall next week, July 7. It will be his first show since he released his first album months ago that garnered him a wide appeal. Bringing a cosmopolitan, reggae approach to his Ethiopian musical roots, the 36-year-old Addis Ababa-born singer has won praise from various quarters. He has a unique way of articulating Amharic in an Oromo accent that sometimes finds him singing about peace, love, struggle, identity, healing and reconciliation. Read more…

Returning to Addis Ababa

June 25, 2012 5 comments

Returning home for the first time in 25 years, author Dinaw Mengestu is struck by how closely the childhood home of his imagination resembles the real thing – though there were no lions on the runway, in an article first published on Guardian in its issue of January 30, 2011 under the title “Once upon a life.”

The first time I saw Ethiopia since I was two years old was while looking out the window of a British Airways flight as it headed into the capital’s new airport at 3am. When my family left Ethiopia in 1980 we headed straight for Peoria, Illinois, a modest-sized city in the heart of the country, and had always but never really looked back. Peoria then was not the first home I had, but it was the first home I can remember. The fact that it would take years before I would even begin to consider otherwise says something both about how thoroughly American we had become and how willing we were to try to leave the past behind. Read more…

What is English to me?

June 24, 2012 15 comments


The following is a guest blog post by Tesfaye Ejigu, an English teacher at Future Talent International Academy. His email address is tesfayeejigu@yahoo.com.

English is a language spoken in England. The latter being the island lived in by the British, has infected the world with English and the vices. Modern education has already taken the fair share of the blame for bringing English up here. Here, where it got into a fight neck-to-neck with the well developed Amharic. The fight goes on till date with Amharic resisting but Oromepha giving in. Thus the question what is English to me? Read more…

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The return of Kuku Sebsibe

June 24, 2012 5 comments

For some, Kuku Sebsibe’s best days are behind her. Changing musical trends and long absence from home might have prematurely ended her budding stardom, but the pop star’s recent musical résumé shows that may not always be the case. At 52, Kuku is still pushing boundaries with her music and is attracting new fans. In fact, the 80s star, known as much for her hair style as for her love songs, is enjoying renewed limelight. Performing every week at the renowned Jazz Amba, she has become part of the city’s music scene.Her recent track in which she pays tribute to the iconic Ethiopian female musician, Bizunesh Bekele, is remarkably well executed, and can regularly be heard playing on the radio and TV.
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Arterial Network Ethiopia launched

June 19, 2012 Leave a comment


Ethiopian artists converged at Jazz Amba Lounge in Taitu Hotel on the 12th May 2012 to launch the Ethiopia Chapter of Arterial Network. Arterial Network is an African civil society network active in the continent’s creative sector to develop and promote the arts and culture (music, dance, theatre, literature, heritage, film, visual arts, craft, etc.) in their own rights, as well as in a manner that contributes to democracy, human rights and development.
Around 150 participants from a cross-section of the arts came together at Jazz Amba to form the network’s Ethiopia Chapter, making it the 38th to be launched on the continent. Coordinated by an organizing committee of volunteer-members comprising of the Interim Country Representative, Munit Mesfin and Daniel Tamrat, Mikias Hailu, Mohammed Kassa and Nebiyou Tekalign, the formalized country chapter came into existence after conducting a number meetings to introduce the idea to key members of the arts and culture community. Read more…

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