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  • Nigerian wonder artist's work draws international attention

    A young Nigerian Artist has sparked a huge sensation on social media in that country with his art works.35-year-old Olumide Oresegun's paintings are so life-like that people are now comparing some of his paintings to that of the famous Italian polymath, Leonardo da Vinci. CCTV's Deji Badmus went to check things out for himself at Olumide's art studio in the outskirt of Lagos and brings us this report.

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  • 3rd Gumma Film Award Anticipated for a reason


    The highly anticipated Gumma Film Award is around the corner! As one of the film industry’s most well organized award events, Gumma honors and acknowledges actors/actresses, directors, writers and producers works.

    This year will be the 3rd time the event is to be held, making it a strong and singular platform for public exposure and recognition in the film industry.

    This year, 93 films participated in nominations and out of those 26 were presented to a jury of 120 persons; the 26 films competed in 17 categories.

    The lists of nominees are already in, and can be found below:

    Best Actress Nominees

    Edelwork Tassew for her role in “Fikeren Laden”, Etsehiwot Abebe in “Ke Eletat”, Kalkidan Tebebu in “Mistane Kemugn”, Helen Bedelu in “Ye arada lij” and Lidya Moges in “Lamba”.

    Best Actor Nominees

    Girum Ermias in “Lamba”, Girum Zenebe in “Hareyet”, Tariku Berhanu “Wondeme Yakob”, Solomon Bogale in “Aleme” and Dereje Demeke in “And Jegna”.

    Best Supporting Actress Nominees

    Segen Yefter in “Mistane Kemuge”, Addis Alem in “Yewodedu Semon”, Fikerte Dessalnge in “Bemengede Lay” and Arsema Abaynhe in “Lamba”.

    Best Supporting Actor Nominees

    Kassahun Fisaha in “And Jegna”, Mekonnen Lake in “Yefeker Tera”, Eyob Dawit in “Ye Arada Lij”, Alemayhu Belayneh in “Yegeter Lij” and Abebe Wolde in “Aleme”.

    Organized by Ethio Film PLC, the award night will be held on February 29 with a red carpet event and of course featuring, several other films nominated in more categories. Before and after the big night, there will side events such as an orientation night for the nominees as well as workshops held by award winners.

    Promoting the award event, the Gumma team has and continues to maintain an interactive social media presence on facebook and twitter with fans expressing their opinions on their favorite and not so favorite actors and films. The award will also be awarding the public participants with tickets to the award night and maybe even a trip abroad.

    Source: capitalethiopia

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  • Ethiopian film maker calls time on 'liberal bastion of racism' that is Hollywood


    Oscars: 'what about building alternatives?'

    The row over the absence of black actors from this year's list of Oscar nominees continues to rumble on in Hollywood - and beyond. For some in the African American film community, Hollywood has never held any appeal. One such individual is Ethiopian, Haile Gerima, a veteran of black cinema. He's from Ethiopia and now based in the United States.

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  • 20 Best R&B Albums of 2015


    Rolling Stone magazine has ranked three Ethiopian-born artists (Mizan Kidanu, Kelela Mizanekristos and Able Tesfaye) among the 20 Best R&B Albums of 2015.

    19. Mizan K, 'Dark Blue’

    Mizan K's terrific six-song EP debut is stark and frank. At numerous times it's just her and her keyboard, confessing neuroses and finding faith that they will subside. The Ethiopian-born New York musician makes confessional songs that resemble the winsome and melancholy electro-pop of Erlend Øye and Junior Boys as much as left-of-center R&B voices like Solange Knowles. She comforts a depressed friend on "Awe" as she sings, "All the color, the golden of the sky/How could you see it, if your darkness never lights." And she knows how to make songs that make you move, too: "Looking For" casts her as the seductress over a throbbing club beat, but her "what are we looking for" chorus reveals unease over whether she'll be embraced or rejected. M.R.

    12. Kelela, 'Hallucinogen' EP

     
    A future-imperfect griot wining around the margins of the R&B village, Kelela matches the halting keen of her emotional rhythms to the digital gasps of her producers (Arca, DJ Dahi, Kingdom), as if she's on a playfully heated search for a glimpse of humanity among the genre's horny, corny, passive-aggressive bully boys. On the freestyle-fleet single "Rewind," she's believably shy and bold; amid the spacious sparkle of "All the Way Down," she "don't give a fuck" about convention as a ghostly drum splash echoes. But it's on the otherworldly sub-rumble of "Gomenasai" ("I'm sorry" in Japanese), produced by Nguzunguzu's Ma, where she takes control, redefining "vulnerability" in a relationship as when both partners agree that she's on top. C.A.

    2. The Weeknd, 'Beauty Behind the Madness'

    Canada's Abel Tesfaye redefined what it means to be an R&B auteur with his breakthrough second LP. After a series of mysterious mixtape releases built around weeded-out goth moodiness (and one half-baked major-label debut, in 2013), he went for full-on Top 40 grandeur this time, without diluting any of his eerie allure. The sumptuous Max Martin joint "Can't Feel My Face" got America dancing to a sex-as-cocaine metaphor, thanks to a joyful hook Michael Jackson could have moonwalked to; "In the Night" amped up the violent undercurrents of MJ circa Bad while still feeling like a party; and bleary ballads like "Earned It" and "The Hills" spun gossamer sensuality into unlikely hit singles. Who else but the Weeknd could make a line like "Only my mother could love me for me" work as pillow talk? It's just that kind of raw honesty that makes him such a revolutionary player. J.D.

    More: Here's the year's best in R&B

     

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  • 2016 Grammy Awards: The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye) Among Top 3 Nominees


    The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye) is one of top three music stars who has been nominated in multiple categories for the 2016 Grammy Awards.

    The Ethiopian-Canadian artist received seven nominations including the categories of Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance.

    Last month The Weeknd won the 2015 American Music Awards for favorite album in Soul and R&B.The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye) is one of top three music stars who has been nominated in multiple categories for the 2016 Grammy Awards.

    Click here for the 2016 Grammy Awards complete list of nominees

    The Ethiopian-Canadian artist received seven nominations including the categories of Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance.

    The Los Angeles Times reports: “This all comes from artists today who are emboldened, who are fearless and who are not willing, or wanting to be, sort of put in a nice little box with a bow on it,” Recording Academy President Neil Portnow told The Times. “Artists today have the ability to be exposed to multiple kinds of genres in music, and we’ll give credit to the world of technology we live in that gives easy access to whatever direction you want to head in.”

    “With more than 400 nominations across 83 categories for 2016, there is plenty more recognition spread out among the music community” says the LA Times.

    Last month The Weeknd won the 2015 American Music Awards for favorite album in Soul and R&B.

    The 2016 Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, February 15, 2016 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

    - See more at: http://www.tadias.com/12/09/2015/2016-grammy-awards-the-weeknd-among-top-3-nominees/#sthash.m9f7YwzQ.dpu
    The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye) is one of top three music stars who has been nominated in multiple categories for the 2016 Grammy Awards.

    The Ethiopian-Canadian artist received seven nominations including the categories of Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance.

    Last month The Weeknd won the 2015 American Music Awards for favorite album in Soul and R&B.
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