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  • Celebrating the life and work of Getachew Mekuria Ethiopia’s legendary saxophone player

    To celebrate the life and work of one of Ethiopia’s musical legends Getatchew Mekuria, who passed away a year ago, a book presentation and a concert has been organized at the Alliance Ethio-Francaise on Tuesday April 4, 2017, which will include The EX band.

    The 170 page long photobook will be sold for 250 birr and it will be for sale at the Alliance as well as selected book stores in Addis Ababa.

    The book is the result of the unlikely collaboration between Dutch underground band The Ex and Getatchew Mekuria. The Ex fell in love with an old Getachew cassette from 1972, and in 2004 they wanted to invite him for their 25th Anniversary Festival.

    They came to Addis to find him and when they met, Getachew was up for it right away. He went to Amsterdam and it worked from the very start. Getachew was excited so he wanted to play more with The Ex and record together. The result was a fruitful 10-year collaboration with more than a 100 concerts worldwide, plenty of enthusiastic press and two beautiful CD/LPs – Moa Anbessa  in 2006 and Y’Anbessaw Tezeta  in 2012.

    In 2014, because of diabetes, he developed serious problems with his legs and couldn’t travel anymore. The Ex at that point decided to organize a Celebration of Getachew Mekuria concert series in Ethiopia, including a concert in the National Theatre in Addis Abeba. It sold out; 1500 people came and there was a standing ovation.

    Soon after this, his health began to deteriorate quickly and Getachew passed away on April 4, 2016 at the age of 81 after a musical career of more than 68 years.

    As a final tribute The Ex has published the photobook. It has four sections of pictures; a selection from Getachew’s private album with historical photos and photos by three very different international photographers – Andy Moor, guitarist in The Ex, Matías Corral and Nick Helderman who came on tour in Europe, America and to Addis Ababa – to document the career of the legendary musician cumulating in his unique collaboration with The Ex + Guests.

    Source: capitalethiopia

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  • Coya Dubai to welcome Ethiopian artist Kassa

    Dubai’s favourite multi-dimensional dining destination, Coya Dubai, in conjunction with Create Art Gallery, will welcome Ethiopian artist Workneh Bezu Kassa to its collective next week.

    On April 10 Kassa will welcome invited guests, curious art collectors and budding art appreciators to be taken on an immersive artistic tour through Coya Members Club. Showcasing his top pieces from six differently themed collections, Kassa will be showcasing his versatility through different mediums to include everything from acrylics and oils to pencil and watercolor.

    “Art is the fundamental necessity for me. Art is the modality that reflects a thought. My life is art, art is nature. Through art, my soul is expressed in this world; I don’t think I could survive without art. For me I need art like the air I breathe, my dreams are revealed through my art, my paintings are like prayers, they give me relief when I’m feeling low. They allow me to speak to people,” says Kassa.

    The event, from 7 pm to 9 pm, will be complemented with generous portions of canapes from the outlet’s award-winning menu which presents the best flavours and tastes of Peru.

    Source: TradeArabia News Service

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  • Ethiopian maid's window fall 'filmed by employer'

    The authorities in Kuwait are reportedly investigating a video that appears to show a woman filming her Ethiopian maid falling from a seventh-floor window without attempting to help her.

    The maid can be heard screaming "hold me, hold me" just before her hand slips and she falls onto a roof below. She was treated in hospital for a broken arm and other injuries.

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  • Ethiopian botanical scientist plans to open Ethiopia's first botanic garden

    A leading Ethiopian botanical scientist plans to open Ethiopia's first botanic garden.

    Professor Sebsebe Demissew says the continent needs people with the skills to advance plant research.

    Prof. Sebsebe Demissew, a leading Ethiopian botanical scientist, has been selected to be the recipient of this year’s prestigious Kew International Medal. The Medal is an annual award given to individuals for distinguished, internationally-recognised work aligned with the mission of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBGK), to be the global resource for plant and fungal knowledge, building an understanding of the world’s plants and fungi upon which all our lives depend.

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  • Ethiopia rubbish dump landslide: Search for survivors

    Rescue workers are searching for survivors of a landslide that has killed 62 people at a vast dump in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.

    Officials say the death toll for the Saturday night landslide at the Koshe landfill is likely to rise. A resident said 150 people were there at the time.

    A number of makeshift houses are now buried under tonnes of waste.

    The area has been a dumping ground for Addis Ababa's rubbish for more than five decades.

    Rescuers are using bulldozers and even bare hands to move tonnes of debris as the search for survivors and dead bodies continues.

    At least 10 more bodies have been recovered on Monday.

    Read more at BBC

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