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Addis to get in the rhythm with jazz fest


About five thousand people are expected to attend a series of concerts in Addis in this year’s Acacia Jazz Festival that runs across a weekend on 26-27 March. Live music performances will be held at the Floral Tropical Garden, located in Bole area, according to Benyam Zewde, one of the organizers of the event.Festival organizers promise to delight and thrill both local audiences and visitors by integrating hot jazz with the Ethiopian folk music as well as flavors from around the world.

After its popular acceptance last year, the Acacia Jazz Festival is presenting another round of concerts premiering the Jazzmaris group on Saturday 10.00 am.
By making the festival a daytime event, organizers are hoping to create family atmosphere. There will be food and dry good vendors as well as fun activities for children, Benyam said.
One major participant of the event is African Jazz School, one of the city’s foremost institutions for training in jazz performance and composition. The festival’s line-up artists include top names such as Abegasu Shiota, Henok Temesgen, Girum Mezmur, Munit and Jorga Mesfin, and Olaf. The highlights of the festival include a performance by pop star Zeritu Kebede on Sunday night. Other events include shows by Nubian Arc, Express Band, Urban Vibes as well as the debut performance of German band Der Rote Bereich. In a particularly curious move, bassist Henok Temsegen – will appear on Saturday and Sunday, each time with a different band playing a different kind of music.On Saturday, he’ll be playing acoustic jazz with his Jazzamaris group and funky jazzy with Nubain Ark. Then On Sunday, he will sit with Addis Acoustic Project to play favorite Ethiopian hits from the 1950s & 60s.
The festival was first held last year on June 10 and 11, 2010. By involving more bands and sponsors, organizers hope to make the festival one of the key events of the city.
(photo from last years festival, Abegaz, Benyam Zewde, Girum, Henok, Natnael)

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Categories: City Journal, Concert
  1. Janet Belay
    February 2, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Beautiful people Beautiful music!!!!!
    Love in it!!!

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