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  • Roha Band & Mahmoud Ahmed Reunion Concert

    One of the most popular music bands in Ethiopia, Roha Band will be back on stage on Monday, 6pm, at the National Theater after two decades. 

    Alliance Ethio-Française is hosting the concert twenty years after members of the band held their last concert together. Entrance is free.

    The Roha Band was formed in the early 1980’s right after the Ibex Band was disbanded. Members of the Ibex Band, namely Giovanni Rico, Selam Seyoum and Fekade Amdemeskel got together with Dawit Yifru, who was a member of Dahlak Band and agreed to form a new band – Roha.

    Roha Band went on to dominate the Ethiopian music scene playing at Hilton Hotel and Ghion Hotel. The band also toured the world including the Middle East, Europe and the United States.

    They recorded the legendary Mahmoud Ahmed’s subsequent albums and albums of other renowned singers. Roha was disbanded in the early 1990s. Most of the members are still active keeping themselves busy with new recordings.

    Source: Thereporterethiopia

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  • Addis International Film Festival to kick off next Saturday

    The ninth edition of Addis International Film Festival (AIFF) is going to be held on Friday, June 12, 2015.

    Critically acclaimed documentaries made by most prominent directors from across Europe and Africa will be screened during the festival, according to the organizers. 

    For the first time, the opening program is scheduled to take place at the National Museum drawing senior authoritative bodies from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MoCT) and guests from the film industry.

    The 2015 AIFF will also deliver instructive workshop for Ethiopian young film makers. Panels on the growing film industry intertwining with the global phenomenon will also be featured in this year’s edition.  

    The goal of the Addis Festival, as it’s known in the city, is to raise awareness among the public on international issues, to inform, educate and question what we see. It also aims to facilitate creative, contemplative minds and to assemble filmmakers and movie lovers in a community where they can discuss their interests.

    2015-AIFF-catalogue: http://www.addisfilmfestival.org/images/2015-AIFF-catalogue.pdf
    9th-AIFF-Program: http://www.addisfilmfestival.org/images/9th-AIFF-Program_FINAL.pdf
    More info: http://www.addisfilmfestival.org/

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  • Mulatu Astatke & Enzo Favata: Italian sound meets Ethiopian jazz

    On the occasion of the Italian National Day, don’t miss the opportunity to listen to Mulatu Astatke, Enzo Favata and many others in concert together at the Italian Cultural Institute!

    When: Tuesday 2nd of June, 6.30 pm
    Where: Italian Cultural Institute in Addis Ababa 
                  Belai Zelleke Str.
    Entrance and Refreshments: Free

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