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  • How Ethiopian drivers navigate huge intersection with no lights (video)

    A pretty cool video of a huge intersection in Ethiopia in which drivers, and pedestrians, do amazingly well with no traffic lights.

    Check out about 40 sec into the video, when a whole bunch of pedestrians start crossing the intersection, including one couple that cuts right through the middle, coming from the bottom.


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  • Made in Ethiopia: FOMI’s luxury leather handbag collection

    FOMI handbags

    Initially the prospect of developing a handbag line in Africa seemed daunting, but that became Afomia Tesfaye's motivation in creating FOMI.

    In early 2011, she made the decision to leave Los Angeles to travel back to her native homeland of Ethiopia with the intention of designing a collection of accessories. After researching the country's indigenous resources, she discovered a little known fact, that Ethiopia produces some of the world's finest quality leather.

    FOMI handbags are a testament to the fact that it is possible for fashion companies to ethically produce luxury goods in Africa, without compromising on quality and craftsmanship. Tesfaye believes that the fashion manufacturing industry could prove to be a vital economic sector for the continent.

    "By creating beautiful modern accessories in Africa, my goal is to help dispel some of the negative perceptions people have about the continent. I hope the love I have for Ethiopia comes across in these designs."

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  • Ethiopia Habtemariam Named President of Motown Records

    Ethiopia Habtemariam, SVP of Motown Records, has been promoted to President of the label.  Habtemariam will also continue in her current role as EVP/Head of Urban Music at Universal Music Publishing Group. Furthermore, Motown will return to Los Angeles, the label’s longest-serving home, where it was based for nearly 25 years beginning in 1972.  Motown will be a freestanding label within Capitol Music Group, alongside such iconic labels as Blue Note, Harvest and Virgin Records, among others.  Capitol was recently acquired in connection with UMG’s purchase of EMI.  Since becoming a part of UMG, Capitol has been revitalized and expanded to become one of the industry’s most powerful creative centers.

    Read the full press release from universalmusic

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  • African Music Awards to kick off

    The All African Music Award (AFRIMA) is scheduled to take place on October 25 in Lagos, Nigeria.

    This music award will be hosted by Nigeria for three consecutive years. This is a music project involving African artists and also African diaspora artists. The aim of this award is to create a platform to celebrate the cultural heritage and values and to strengthen the music industry in Africa.

    According to Executive Director of AFRIMA, Mike Dada, Africa is overshadowed by poverty and unrest and this will be a chance to celebrate the culture and civilization through music. This is also a way to showcase African music identity to a wider audience, he said. 

    Apart from that, there are many aspiring artists who have not yet gotten a chance to be heard and this will be one event that will enable them to show their work. In addition, the event also aims at reviving traditional African music. According to Mike, many musicians do not make profit from their music; this award will help them establish a structure they can benefit from.

    “This is not an award for specific musicians, this is a competition for all Africans. Even though it is not on the same level as the Grammy Awards, it should be close in terms of production and infrastructure,” says Mike Dada.

    There are 31 categories divided into regional as well as continental parts. Apart from that it acknowledges professionals who work hard behind the scenes. Some of the awards include Promising Artist of the Year, Revelation Artist of the Year, Producer of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Music Entertainment Journalist of the Year.

    The entries start from March 28, 2014 and will run until June 20, 2014; the entries will include the video, song and profile update of the artists.  In order to inspire the public to participate there will be motivating prizes for participants of SMS voting and event promo ‘Do you know Africa?'

    The African Music Summit will precede the AFRIMA award on October 23 and 24 with discussions and finding solutions regarding the growth of the business of music in Africa. The award winners will go on a road show “AFRIMA Bus Tour Africa’ to major cities in Africa and concerts will be held in cities such as in New York, London and Paris under the theme ‘On the Road to AFRIMA ’and will go on in four African cities Dakar, Kampala, Doula and Johannesburg. The organizers believe this will bring the attention of an international audience as well as create networking opportunities among the artists in the continent.

    From the 13 countries chosen to host the music awards, five countries were shortlisted and Nigeria won the bid. The five finalists of the countries were Gabon, South Africa, Namibia and Kenya.  Nigeria was chosen to host for three years because of its thriving music industry. 

    This event is expected to be broadcast to up to 700 million viewers across the world on 109 TV stations.

    source: threporterethiopia

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