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  • Hollywood's new favourite food revealed: Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Palrow are fans of teff, an iron-rich Ethiopian grain

    From kale chips to wheatgrass shots, the list of celebrity food crazes is a long one. Now there's a new source of sustenance to add to the list - an Ethiopian cereal named teff.

    Loved by Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham, the grain, which is a staple food in its home country Ethiopia, is packed with protein, calcium and iron.

    It does, however, come with a Hollywood style price tag - retailing at an eye-watering £7 for a 400g bag of flour.

    Dubbed the 'new quinoa', teff, which was used to feed animals until recently, has also found favour with foodies who point to its nutty flavour and wide range of uses.

    But although it has made inroads with the A-list, the rest of us don't appear quite so keen to follow suit with Planet Organic's Toby Watts saying people still aren't fully aware of the health benefits.

    'It has been a slow start,' he admits. 'We are often the first to offer new products so there is always a strong need to educate customers and this takes time, much the same as when we first listed quinoa and people pronounced it qui-no-a, but our customers are quick to catch on.'

    He added: 'The market for gluten-free has soared in the past couple of years, but many retailers have turned to white rice and corn as a wheat substitute.

    'What our customers are seeking are gluten-free wholegrain alternatives which offer much higher nutritional benefits and teff, like quinoa, fits the criteria.'

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  • Dust off your dancing shoes for five day jazz festival

    The fifth edition of the Acacia Jazz and World Music Festival is set to take place in various venues around Addis Ababa from February 5-9, with many artists lined up to perform during the five-day event.

    It will begin at the Alliance Ethio-Francaise with a performance by Fano, a group of musicians from Holland, Norway and Ethiopia.

    The annual event attracts musicians from all over the world, and this year includes Avshalom Duo from Israel, Subtone from Germany, Harlem Quartet from the United States and Baldachin from Austria. This festival offers different genres of music without limitation, and it is common to hear Ethiopian music blended with outside influences. 

    Fusion acts include Misto, Misto, (US, France, Ethiopia); Casey Abrams and friends (USA, Ethiopia); and Mathew Tembo and Yubal band (Zambia, Ethiopia).  

    Keeping up with the diversity and fulfilling the festival motto of catering for the interests of many groups, there is also the reggae band Imperial Majestic, featuring lead singer Sydney Salmon. Renowned singers Kuku Sebisibe, Abraham Gebremedhin and Eden Gebreselassie are  expected to be highlights, and the Ethiopian dancers Melaku Belay and aspiring group Yetemesgen Lijoch will add a different flavor.

    As per the tradition of previous events legendary singer Mahmoud Ahmed will close the festival. The first three days will see indoor events held at the Alliance Ethio Francaise, Italian Cultural Institute, German Cultural Institute and Jazzamba Lounge. 

    On the weekend of February 8-9 it will move outdoors to the Tropical gardens, where along with the music there will be a children’s playground, food tents, and bazaars, all contributing to the family-orientated atmosphere. The organizers believe the festival is growing in stature as demonstrated by the wide range of musicians from all corners of the world. 

    This event is organized by Jazzamba Entertainment and its founders the musicians Abegaz Kibrework Shiota, Henock Temesgen, and Girum Mezmur, in collaboration with Mingle Promotions.

    source: thereporterethiopia

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  • Aster Aweke & Ras Band Live at B.B. King in New York

     

    For more than 30 years, singer/songwriter Aster Aweke has been entertaining audiences across the globe. Her songs have become anthems to her fans in Ethiopia, as well as to Ethiopians living abroad, and she continues to win the hearts and minds of world music lovers. "Ewedihalehu" (I Love You), her 24th album, was produced with her longtime arranger, Abegasu Kibrework Shiota, and also features the work of exciting new music producers, Henock Negash, and Maru. This electrifying album is sure to delight long-time and new fans alike.

    With the release of her many albums - including Aster, Kabu, Ebo, Aster Aweke Live in London, Hagere, Sugar, Aster's Ballads, Fikir, and Checheho - Aster has topped both the Billboard and College Music Journal's (CMJ) specialist charts. Kabu reached and remained at the #1 position for four weeks on the CMJ New World music chart and was in the Top 10 for five consecutive charts (10 weeks) on Billboard's World Music chart. She has performed for audiences at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the Hollywood Bowl, and various European festivals, and has shared the stage with many renowned singers and performers including Hue Masekela, Maria Makeba, Mano Dibango and Bradford Marsalis. Aster has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows, including the acclaimed Night Music on the NBC television network, where she appeared as a special guest of the host, David Sanborn, one of America's musical trendsetters. Aster Aweke has also appeared on CNN, BBC radio and television, PBS radio and television, CBC, and London's Channel 4 Big World Cafe. Print appearances include Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times.

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    source: bbkingblues

    For more than 30 years, singer/songwriter Aster Aweke has been entertaining audiences across the globe. Her songs have become anthems to her fans in Ethiopia, as well as to Ethiopians living abroad, and she continues to win the hearts and minds of world music lovers. "Ewedihalehu" (I Love You), her 24th album, was produced with her longtime arranger, Abegasu Kibrework Shiota, and also features the work of exciting new music producers, Henock Negash, and Maru. This electrifying album is sure to delight long-time and new fans alike.

    With the release of her many albums - including Aster, Kabu, Ebo, Aster Aweke Live in London, Hagere, Sugar, Aster's Ballads, Fikir, and Checheho - Aster has topped both the Billboard and College Music Journal's (CMJ) specialist charts. Kabu reached and remained at the #1 position for four weeks on the CMJ New World music chart and was in the Top 10 for five consecutive charts (10 weeks) on Billboard's World Music chart. She has performed for audiences at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the Hollywood Bowl, and various European festivals, and has shared the stage with many renowned singers and performers including Hue Masekela, Maria Makeba, Mano Dibango and Bradford Marsalis. Aster has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows, including the acclaimed Night Music on the NBC television network, where she appeared as a special guest of the host, David Sanborn, one of America's musical trendsetters. She has also appeared on CNN, BBC radio and television, PBS radio and television, CBC, and London's Channel 4 Big World Cafe. Print appearances include Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. - See more at: http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=3621#sthash.nhi8wAjR.u3O0J960.dpuf

     

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  • Grammy Awards 2014 Highlights: Beyonce and Jay Z, mass wedding, Lorde and Daft Punk

     

    The best bits of the Grammy Awards 2014 included Beyonce and Jay Z's duet, Lorde and Daft Punk's big wins, Taylor Swift's hair and a 33-couple mass wedding. It was a successful night for British artists at the American Grammy awards. Previous winner Adele won best song written for visual media for Skyfall, which has already scored an Oscar and a Golden Globe. Ozzy Osbourne's band Black Sabbath won best hard rock/metal performance for God Is Dead and the Rolling Stones tied for the historical album with Charlie Is My Darling, from a documentary almost 50 years ago.

    Daft Punk were the big prize winners of the night, taking home album of the year for Random Access Memories. Their collaboration with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, Get Lucky, scored the gramophone-shaped gongs for record of the year and best pop duo/group performance. American rap duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis also won big, taking home gongs for best new artist, best rap performance and best rap song for Thrift Shop and best rap album for The Heist.

    The awards ceremony, which was hosted by LL Cool J, opened with a performance of Drunk In Love by Beyonce and Jay Z. Jay Z, real name Shawn Carter, took home two awards for his collaborations with Justin Timberlake. He won best music video for Suit & Tie and best rap/sung collaboration for Holy Grail. Justin Timberlake won best R&B song for Pusher Love Girl.

    source:  Sophie Foster (TheShowbiz411)

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  • African directing talents invited to international festivals

    Directing talents from six African countries have been invited to present their African Metropolis short film project in a premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) on 26 January 2014 and its US premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California in February.

    The compilation of six short fiction films, set in Lagos (director: Folasakin Iwajomo), Abidjan (Philippe Lacôte), Dakar (Marie KA), Johannesburg (Vincent Moloi), Cairo (Ahmed Ghoneimy) and Nairobi (Jim Chuchu), the filmmakers' work shows the face of a modern and cosmopolitan Africa and challenges long-standing clichés about the continent.

    Besides the screenings and a panel discussion in Rotterdam, Marie KA, one of its directors, will talk about her experiences at Berlinale Talents 2014, the Berlin International Film Festival's annual platform for the most promising emerging filmmakers.

    This is an initiative of the Goethe-Institut South Africa and South African executive producer Steven Markovitz, with support from Guaranty Trust Bank and the Hubert Bals Fund of International Film Festival Rotterdam.

    Gertjan Zuilhof, international programmer and Peter van Hoof, head of short film programme of IFFR, say, "Big city films from African big cities is just what we have been waiting for. It is about time we move on from pre-colonial nostalgia. The best would be if this project could work as a model for the future."

    For more information, go to www.goethe.de/africanmetropolis.

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