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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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  • Ethiopian film goes to Uganda

    The two-hour movie starts with a scene in which armed fighters storm a village party and forcefully take away young boys to join their ranks. Those who attempt to flee are shot in cold blood and left for dead in the arms of their helpless, wailing mothers.

    Set in Ethiopia in the 1970s, and directed by Ethiopian film maker Haile Gerima, Teza or Morning Dew tells the story of the fall of their last emperor, Haile Selassie, in 1974.

    Morning Dew is one of 44 films that were featured during the first Euro-Africa Film Festival at the theatre La Bonita in Kampala last month.

    In 2008, the picture won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Festival, and in 2009 it won the best African Film at the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou.

    Although Haile Selassie was in exile during the Italian invasion, he managed to get support from outside Ethiopia and eventually overthrew the colonialists. After reinstating his rule in 1941, he implemented well-intentioned economic, social and education reforms.

    However, his efforts were undermined by a growing rebellion from Eritrea and prolonged famine. In 1974, Mengistu Haile Mariam overthrew him; his death marked the beginning of a 15-year reign of terror in Ethiopia.

    Loaded with emotional scenes and nerve-wrecking violence, the film takes us through the terror under the Mengistu-led Derg, a communist military Junta that governed Ethiopia from 1974 to 1987. Mengistu became the president of the People’s Democratic Republic of Ethiopia from 1987 to 1991; he is currently exiled in Zimbabwe.

    The film is rich with themes of love, forgiveness, revolution, genocide, and racism in Europe against immigrants. It shows the suffering of children of mixed race, and the struggles of individuals to find their place in the country.

    We see the sufferings, confusion and frustrations of ordinary Ethiopians inside Ethiopia, and in West Germany, through the main character Anberber.

    Anberber is a young Ethiopian post graduate doctor who comes back from Germany at the peak of the Cold War under the Mengistu regime. While working in a hospital, he witnesses a number of murders — including one of his best friends, and finds himself at odds with the revolutionary fighters running the country.

    source: the eastafrican

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