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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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  • The art of bartending in Ethiopia

    Night life is about to get a higher standard through Diageo’s Master Bartender Academy (MBA) program which is set to train 300 bartenders in Ethiopia. At an event that was held on Monday January 9, 2017 at the Vault lounge, Diageo’s Spirits Commercial Director Nicholas Mutinda underlined the importance of having well trained professionals working in bars so that people can get the same standard service whether they are in Addis Ababa or London.

    “Bartending is like any other profession, it needs training and constant updating on trends. A well trained bartender will also promote responsible drinking which is something that is very important,” Mutinda said.

    The training program will also target bartenders in other markets including South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Kenya and Seychelles. MBA is available in three languages and has more than 12 multilingual African trainers. The training program to date, has taken place in more than 40 cities within Africa, and has trained over 14,000 bartenders.

    To become a master bartender takes dedicated work, all trainees must complete three modules, it was stated. The first module of the training, title MBA 101 is a one day workshop which among others covers key topics on bartending like customer service, bartender secrets and responsible drinking. Each of the bartender trainees leaves with a workshop manual and a link to a site, to complete the second module, MBA202.

    Once completed, only the highest scoring 25 bartenders are selected to go through to MBA 303 which is the last module. The 303 module consists of a full day of training where after several tests, the last five are chosen.

    The final five will compete in a live showdown in front of an audience where one bartender  will get the opportunity to be named Master Bartender.

    All of the MBA finalists will receive a certificate together with exclusive MBA merchandise that includes a special cocktail kit. The Master Bartender also gets to take home an iPad loaded with exclusive cocktail apps, USD 1,000 and the title of his/her city as the Master Bartender.

    Source: capitalethiopia

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  • Ethopia's jazz great Girma Beyene re-discoverd

    Girma Beyene is one of the most influential arrangers of the golden age of Ethiopian jazz in the 60s and 70s.

    After three decades in the musical wilderness in the US, 70-year old Beyene was re-discovered by the young French ethiojazz band Akalé Wubé.

    Beyene and Akalé Wubé's Oliver Degabriele talk to RFI's Alison Hird about making their new album 'Mistakes on purpose'.

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  • The Nile Project Releases Second Album

    Jinja is the long awaite d follow-up to Aswan, the live recording from the Nile Project’s debut concert in 2013.
    Featuring artists from Burundi, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, and Uganda, the album consists of ten
    original compositions born during the Nile Project’s 2nd annual musicians Gathering in Jinja, Uganda.

    Each year, the Nile Project convenes a selection of artists from its growing Musicians Collective. A
    phenomenon that moves from music school to composition bootcamp to full-scale rehearsal, musicians from
    the 11 Nile countries explore all manners of combining their diverse languages, musical modes, rhythms,
    timbres, and playing styles. The Nile Gathering is two weeks of musical roulette that gives every artist a
    chance at the driver’s seat. To the listener, the performance is an aural adventure with many unexpected
    twists and textures.

    On the surface, the Nile Project blends traditional musical idioms into one seamless Nile sound. But look a
    little further and you’ll begin to see a 35-member Musicians Collective modeling contemporary organizational
    concepts such as systems thinking, network theory, and participatory leadership.

    The Nile Project is pioneering a new approach to transform transboundary water conflicts by using music to
    ignite cross-cultural empathy and spark environmental curiosity. Recent invitations to lead workshops and
    performances for key diplomats and policymakers at the United Nations, the European Commission, and the
    African Union attest to the capacity of these collaborations to transform the way we think and interact with
    respect to the many challenges we collectively face.

    Jinja captures cross-cultural musical collaborations among artists sharing diverse relationships to world’s
    longest river. Kindred harps and resonant lyres from the Nile’s sources in East Africa and Ethiopia to its deltas
    in Sudan and Egypt have reunited to learn new musical modes while buzzing timbres and ingenious
    polyrhythms support vocals in six languages.

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  • AddisFortune interview with guitar virtuoso Michael Hailu

    Guitar virtuoso Michael Hailu, a long time member and musical director of Jano Band, has always marched to his own drum, following his own musical journey. Michael is gaining wide critical acclaim and attracting legions of fans. He has played a key role in the local music scene as a producer of many popular local artists such as Michael Belayneh, Teddy Afro and Abinet Agonafir. With his signature guitar close by, and his warm, open personality in full display, the 28-year-old shares his experiences to SAMSON BERHANE, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER, inside his studio, about music, life and how he became interested in playing the guitar by watching a video of Michael Jackson and his guitarist. With his unique sound and contribution to the advancement of Ethiopian music, it is easy to predict why he is indeed a star in the making.

    Fortune: What inspired you to become an artist?

    I have loved the sound of a guitar since my younger days. I discovered Jennifer Batten play in a Michael Jackson concert and I was impressed. How could I not be that, when I was discovering something unique and beautiful? For the longest time, playing with my guitar became my best memorable hours well spent.

    Then I also discovered other kinds of music, including gospel and popular music. For me, music is something that takes you away to moments that mean something for you. It takes me back to the days I would walk into a church and receive some peace of mind. As far as popular music is concerned, I first became a member of a group, founded by popular artist Dawit Tsige.

    Q: Do you recall the excitement you had when your work came out?

    I most definitely do. It was my effort with Abel Mulugeta on the album “Tegerime” and then I got to work with Teddy Afro. That was a milestone moment for me. It is very hard to identify which song made me known to the public. I worked in many bands, however, my work with Michael Belayneh, the song Tizita must have been the one that made me, humbly, a household name.

    Q: Jano is known for its unique sound.

    Before my work with Jano, I was mainly interested in rock music. That is more of my style. Jano has a sound that is mixed, a reflection of our diversity in contemporary, jazz, and soul music and gospel.

    I brought the idea to the group. However, it was Bill Laswell (former partner of Gigi), a famous American producer, who worked with the likes of U2, who brought us together. Since he was our producer at the time, we followed suit and accepted his advice. We are known to experiment, to discover all unique styles.

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