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  • Teddy Afro’s New Album Holds Fast to His Vision of a Diverse, Yet United Ethiopia


    Ethiopian singer Teddy Afro, who delivered opening remarks at a U.S. Embassy-sponsored workshop for students on the occasion of World Environment Day 2015. Photo by U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa; CC BY-ND 2.0.

    Ethiopian singer Tewodros Kassahun’s most anticipated and highly promoted studio album was released to great fanfare at the beginning of May, 2017.

    More popularly known as Teddy Afro, his latest album — his fifth — comprises 15 songs of tribute and love that touch on issues of solidarity, reconciliation and the hope of living collectively in a diverse country. The album also includes a song with lyrics in a coded language, which is being interpreted by some as a rebuke to his detractors.

    Ever since he caught the public’s attention with his debut album in early 2001, Teddy Afro has been a household name in Ethiopia. He is a melodic singer and prolific songwriter. “Ethiopia”, a single that appeared on his new album, racked up millions of views on YouTube as soon as it was released. His album attracted sales of up to 15 million Ethiopian Birr — a feat that no other Ethiopian singer has ever managed to accomplish — which is telling commentary on his popularity.

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  • Meet the African models breaking barriers


    Stepping onto the runway at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show with a tiny afro, Maria Borges made history and headlines in 2015.

    It was the first time black natural hair would appear in the show's 20 year run.

    "I had to persuade them," recalls Borges. "I wanted to send a message out there. People think to be sexy you have to have long hair, no ... a lot of women around the world have hair texture like mine."

    When she returned to the show in 2016 models Herieth Paul and Jourdana Phillips followed her example.

    It was a departure from the long wavy locks Victoria's Secrets models were known for regardless of ethnicity.

    Borges is one of many now speaking out about diversity and race in the fashion industry.

    The 24-year-old grew up in Angola during civil war. From age 11, she was raised by her sister after their mother passed away.

    Becoming the newest face of L'Oreal Paris last month, "I believe in the beauty of diversity," she said in a statement.

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  • Celebrating the life and work of Getachew Mekuria Ethiopia’s legendary saxophone player


    To celebrate the life and work of one of Ethiopia’s musical legends Getatchew Mekuria, who passed away a year ago, a book presentation and a concert has been organized at the Alliance Ethio-Francaise on Tuesday April 4, 2017, which will include The EX band.

    The 170 page long photobook will be sold for 250 birr and it will be for sale at the Alliance as well as selected book stores in Addis Ababa.

    The book is the result of the unlikely collaboration between Dutch underground band The Ex and Getatchew Mekuria. The Ex fell in love with an old Getachew cassette from 1972, and in 2004 they wanted to invite him for their 25th Anniversary Festival.

    They came to Addis to find him and when they met, Getachew was up for it right away. He went to Amsterdam and it worked from the very start. Getachew was excited so he wanted to play more with The Ex and record together. The result was a fruitful 10-year collaboration with more than a 100 concerts worldwide, plenty of enthusiastic press and two beautiful CD/LPs – Moa Anbessa  in 2006 and Y’Anbessaw Tezeta  in 2012.

    In 2014, because of diabetes, he developed serious problems with his legs and couldn’t travel anymore. The Ex at that point decided to organize a Celebration of Getachew Mekuria concert series in Ethiopia, including a concert in the National Theatre in Addis Abeba. It sold out; 1500 people came and there was a standing ovation.

    Soon after this, his health began to deteriorate quickly and Getachew passed away on April 4, 2016 at the age of 81 after a musical career of more than 68 years.

    As a final tribute The Ex has published the photobook. It has four sections of pictures; a selection from Getachew’s private album with historical photos and photos by three very different international photographers – Andy Moor, guitarist in The Ex, Matías Corral and Nick Helderman who came on tour in Europe, America and to Addis Ababa – to document the career of the legendary musician cumulating in his unique collaboration with The Ex + Guests.

    Source: capitalethiopia

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  • Coya Dubai to welcome Ethiopian artist Kassa


    Dubai’s favourite multi-dimensional dining destination, Coya Dubai, in conjunction with Create Art Gallery, will welcome Ethiopian artist Workneh Bezu Kassa to its collective next week.

    On April 10 Kassa will welcome invited guests, curious art collectors and budding art appreciators to be taken on an immersive artistic tour through Coya Members Club. Showcasing his top pieces from six differently themed collections, Kassa will be showcasing his versatility through different mediums to include everything from acrylics and oils to pencil and watercolor.

    “Art is the fundamental necessity for me. Art is the modality that reflects a thought. My life is art, art is nature. Through art, my soul is expressed in this world; I don’t think I could survive without art. For me I need art like the air I breathe, my dreams are revealed through my art, my paintings are like prayers, they give me relief when I’m feeling low. They allow me to speak to people,” says Kassa.

    The event, from 7 pm to 9 pm, will be complemented with generous portions of canapes from the outlet’s award-winning menu which presents the best flavours and tastes of Peru.

    Source: TradeArabia News Service

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  • Turkish TV series continue to grow in popularity in Ethiopia


    The international popularity of Turkish TV series has spread around the world over the years, and Ethiopia is not an exception. The number of Ethiopian viewers watching Turkish series has seen a significant hike in recent years and it goes hand in hand with an increase of locals' interest in Turkish culture, Turkey's ambassador to Ethiopia said.

    The Turkish Ambassador in Addis Ababa, Fatih Ulusoy stated that, "In Ethiopia, over the last one and a half years, Turkish TV series has been very popular."

    Talking of the TV series, the ambassador said that Turkish dramas such as 'Kuzey Güney' (North South) and 'Kara Para Aşk' (Black Money Love) were at the forefront of showing the Turkish way of life in Ethiopia, and adding that he hoped that it would encourage tourists to visit Turkey.

    He went on to mention the Turkish tulip-shaped tea glasses (ince belli bardak) and their rising popularity in the country, saying "They are very interested in watching Turkish dramas, they love Turkish life and culture."

    Ethiopians' interest in the Turkish way of life doesn't stop there though, Ulusoy said, pointing out that trade and tourism between the two countries had also seen a boost in recent years. Ulusoy underscored that there are strong relations between the two countries which stem from their long history together.

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