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  • Hollywood's new favourite food revealed: Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Palrow are fans of teff, an iron-rich Ethiopian grain

    From kale chips to wheatgrass shots, the list of celebrity food crazes is a long one. Now there's a new source of sustenance to add to the list - an Ethiopian cereal named teff.

    Loved by Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham, the grain, which is a staple food in its home country Ethiopia, is packed with protein, calcium and iron.

    It does, however, come with a Hollywood style price tag - retailing at an eye-watering £7 for a 400g bag of flour.

    Dubbed the 'new quinoa', teff, which was used to feed animals until recently, has also found favour with foodies who point to its nutty flavour and wide range of uses.

    But although it has made inroads with the A-list, the rest of us don't appear quite so keen to follow suit with Planet Organic's Toby Watts saying people still aren't fully aware of the health benefits.

    'It has been a slow start,' he admits. 'We are often the first to offer new products so there is always a strong need to educate customers and this takes time, much the same as when we first listed quinoa and people pronounced it qui-no-a, but our customers are quick to catch on.'

    He added: 'The market for gluten-free has soared in the past couple of years, but many retailers have turned to white rice and corn as a wheat substitute.

    'What our customers are seeking are gluten-free wholegrain alternatives which offer much higher nutritional benefits and teff, like quinoa, fits the criteria.'

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  • Fast Company Magazine: Three Ethiopians among 1000 most creative people in business

    Three Ethiopians - Marcus Samuelsson, Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, and Bruktawit Tigabu - were named among this year’s ‘Most Creative People in Business 1000,’ list compiled by Fast Company Magazine.

    The list highlights a “diverse group of modern Renaissance men and women across the economy and around the globe.” And Fast Company adds: “This is more than just a list: It is a rising community, an explosion of creative inspiration, the spur for so much breaking news across the quickly changing industries that Fast Company covers.”

    Visit the MCP 1000 homepage here and click the name of a person to visit his or her profile page.

    Visit the MCP 1000 homepage here and click the name of a person to visit his or her profile page. - See more at: http://www.tadias.com/01/30/2014/three-ethiopians-among-1000-most-creative-people-in-business/#sthash.PCrXUxQA.dpuf
    Visit the MCP 1000 homepage here and click the name of a person to visit his or her profile page. - See more at: http://www.tadias.com/01/30/2014/three-ethiopians-among-1000-most-creative-people-in-business/#sthash.PCrXUxQA.dpuf

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  • Dust off your dancing shoes for five day jazz festival

    The fifth edition of the Acacia Jazz and World Music Festival is set to take place in various venues around Addis Ababa from February 5-9, with many artists lined up to perform during the five-day event.

    It will begin at the Alliance Ethio-Francaise with a performance by Fano, a group of musicians from Holland, Norway and Ethiopia.

    The annual event attracts musicians from all over the world, and this year includes Avshalom Duo from Israel, Subtone from Germany, Harlem Quartet from the United States and Baldachin from Austria. This festival offers different genres of music without limitation, and it is common to hear Ethiopian music blended with outside influences. 

    Fusion acts include Misto, Misto, (US, France, Ethiopia); Casey Abrams and friends (USA, Ethiopia); and Mathew Tembo and Yubal band (Zambia, Ethiopia).  

    Keeping up with the diversity and fulfilling the festival motto of catering for the interests of many groups, there is also the reggae band Imperial Majestic, featuring lead singer Sydney Salmon. Renowned singers Kuku Sebisibe, Abraham Gebremedhin and Eden Gebreselassie are  expected to be highlights, and the Ethiopian dancers Melaku Belay and aspiring group Yetemesgen Lijoch will add a different flavor.

    As per the tradition of previous events legendary singer Mahmoud Ahmed will close the festival. The first three days will see indoor events held at the Alliance Ethio Francaise, Italian Cultural Institute, German Cultural Institute and Jazzamba Lounge. 

    On the weekend of February 8-9 it will move outdoors to the Tropical gardens, where along with the music there will be a children’s playground, food tents, and bazaars, all contributing to the family-orientated atmosphere. The organizers believe the festival is growing in stature as demonstrated by the wide range of musicians from all corners of the world. 

    This event is organized by Jazzamba Entertainment and its founders the musicians Abegaz Kibrework Shiota, Henock Temesgen, and Girum Mezmur, in collaboration with Mingle Promotions.

    source: thereporterethiopia

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  • Eight Business benefits of resuming economic relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea

    Ethiopia and Eritrea ceased business relations upon the commencement of the border war in 1998. While a small amount of barter trade still exists, it is fair to say that trade relations between the two countries are non-existent – this is very much to the detriment of the private sectors in both countries (and across the region).

    Since the closure of the border, the economic fortunes of Ethiopia and Eritrea could hardly have been more divergent. While both remain poor countries in terms of per capita wealth, Ethiopia has been among the fastest and growing countries in the world averaging a steady 10% per annum growth for the past nine years. Conversely, as per the chart below, Eritrea has suffered vast fluctuations in its economic growth from a low of – 9% in 2008 to the 2012 level of + 7.5%.

    Ethiopia has also been a leader in Africa in terms of infrastructure development, especially in the construction of roads, power infrastructure and water supply. Eritrea has endeavoured to rebuild its transportation infrastructure after the border war but progress has been slowed by inaccessibility of finance.  In terms of education, Ethiopia has built dozens of institutions of higher education in the past 10 years and has begun to develop a work force that is increasingly in demand by manufacturers from Turkey, China and India. Despite promising signs of self reliance immediately after Independence, Eritrea continues to find its work force diminished due to emigration and military service.

    Last, Ethiopia is rapidly modernizing its domestic and export agriculture whereas as Eritrea still relies on subsistence methods of production – albeit while eschewing food aid.

    As a business consultant who has worked on investment in both countries, I am confident that a comprehensive settlement of disputes that underlie the 1998-2000 border war and normalization of economic relations will create myriad benefits, including:

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  • Aster Aweke & Ras Band Live at B.B. King in New York

     

    For more than 30 years, singer/songwriter Aster Aweke has been entertaining audiences across the globe. Her songs have become anthems to her fans in Ethiopia, as well as to Ethiopians living abroad, and she continues to win the hearts and minds of world music lovers. "Ewedihalehu" (I Love You), her 24th album, was produced with her longtime arranger, Abegasu Kibrework Shiota, and also features the work of exciting new music producers, Henock Negash, and Maru. This electrifying album is sure to delight long-time and new fans alike.

    With the release of her many albums - including Aster, Kabu, Ebo, Aster Aweke Live in London, Hagere, Sugar, Aster's Ballads, Fikir, and Checheho - Aster has topped both the Billboard and College Music Journal's (CMJ) specialist charts. Kabu reached and remained at the #1 position for four weeks on the CMJ New World music chart and was in the Top 10 for five consecutive charts (10 weeks) on Billboard's World Music chart. She has performed for audiences at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the Hollywood Bowl, and various European festivals, and has shared the stage with many renowned singers and performers including Hue Masekela, Maria Makeba, Mano Dibango and Bradford Marsalis. Aster has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows, including the acclaimed Night Music on the NBC television network, where she appeared as a special guest of the host, David Sanborn, one of America's musical trendsetters. Aster Aweke has also appeared on CNN, BBC radio and television, PBS radio and television, CBC, and London's Channel 4 Big World Cafe. Print appearances include Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times.

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    source: bbkingblues

    For more than 30 years, singer/songwriter Aster Aweke has been entertaining audiences across the globe. Her songs have become anthems to her fans in Ethiopia, as well as to Ethiopians living abroad, and she continues to win the hearts and minds of world music lovers. "Ewedihalehu" (I Love You), her 24th album, was produced with her longtime arranger, Abegasu Kibrework Shiota, and also features the work of exciting new music producers, Henock Negash, and Maru. This electrifying album is sure to delight long-time and new fans alike.

    With the release of her many albums - including Aster, Kabu, Ebo, Aster Aweke Live in London, Hagere, Sugar, Aster's Ballads, Fikir, and Checheho - Aster has topped both the Billboard and College Music Journal's (CMJ) specialist charts. Kabu reached and remained at the #1 position for four weeks on the CMJ New World music chart and was in the Top 10 for five consecutive charts (10 weeks) on Billboard's World Music chart. She has performed for audiences at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the Hollywood Bowl, and various European festivals, and has shared the stage with many renowned singers and performers including Hue Masekela, Maria Makeba, Mano Dibango and Bradford Marsalis. Aster has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows, including the acclaimed Night Music on the NBC television network, where she appeared as a special guest of the host, David Sanborn, one of America's musical trendsetters. She has also appeared on CNN, BBC radio and television, PBS radio and television, CBC, and London's Channel 4 Big World Cafe. Print appearances include Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. - See more at: http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=3621#sthash.nhi8wAjR.u3O0J960.dpuf

     

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