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Ethiopian Musicians Charged With Terrorism for ‘Inciting’ Song Lyrics

Seven producers and performers of a popular YouTube music video were charged in Ethiopia in late June with terrorism for producing ‘inciting’ audio-visual materials and ‘uploading them on YouTube’. The group members were arrested...

Ethiopia: Film Industry Booming in Quantity, Not in Quality – Study

Ethiopian film makers have been invited to take part in various international film festivals but they fail to do so as they could not meet the international criteria Study reveals...

Ethiopian artist Hamelmal Abate won best traditional music award in Afrima 2017

Hamelmal Abate, an Ethiopian musician, won best Africa traditional music award in Afrima 2017 competition. She announced the news on her brief facebook update : “We did it #africa, thank...
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በቅርቡ ጅራ የተሰኘ ነጠላ ዜማውን የለቀቀውና በአሁኑ ወቅት በኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ካሉ ምርጥ ድምጻውያን መካከል በቀዳሚዎቹ መካከል ስሙ የሚጠራው ሃጫሉ ሁንዴሳ በአዲስ አበባ ሊያደርገው የነበረው የሙዚቃ ኮንሰርት ልክ እንደ ቴዲ...

Mulatu Astatke musics Hollywood movie to Apple iphone X

Ethiopian musician Mulatu Astatke musics from Hollywood movie broken flowers soundtrack to Apple iphone X advertisement. Broken Flowers soundtrack "Yekermo Sew (A Man of Experience and Wisdom), Iphone x advertisement...
Akon in Ethiopia to mark 122nd anniversary of Battle of Adwa

Akon in Ethiopia to mark 122nd anniversary of Battle of Adwa

Senegalese-born – United States pop star, Akon, is in Ethiopia as part of events to celebrate the infamous Battle of Adwa which happened 122 years ago. The global music icon,...

Teddy Afro, Ethiopia’s biggest pop star: ‘Because of our government, our country is divided’

Tewodros Kassahun’s manager meets me on a quiet suburban road inside a gated compound. With their neoclassical mansions, manicured lawns and white picket fences, compounds such as this are...

Haymanot Tesfa @ SOAS Concert

The Passion & Tranquility of Ethiopian Amharic Song The music of the Ethiopian highlands uses a unique pentatonic modal system called qenet, of which there are four main modes: tezeta, bati, ambassel, and anchihoy. Many...

Ruth B. on tour

Ruth B. established herself as an authentic singer/songwriter of considerable promise and purpose in 2016, and the music world responded with open arms. Most recently, she received a coveted...

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Akon in Ethiopia to mark 122nd anniversary of Battle of Adwa

Akon in Ethiopia to mark 122nd anniversary of Battle of Adwa

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He fled his native country with his group, the Walias Band, in 1981 and now drives a cab in Washington DC, in which he...