Tamirat Mekonen Teklu: The Person Behind Teddy AfroÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Music Video Ã¢â‚¬ËœTikur SewÃ¢â‚¬â„¢
New YorkÃ‚Â (TADIAS) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ As a young boy growing up in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia where his mother worked at the local movie theater, Tamirat Mekonen Teklu, 31, Ã¢â‚¬â€ the director and cinematographer of Teddy AfroÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s latest music videoÃ‚Â Tikur SewÃ‚Â Ã¢â‚¬â€ dreamed of one day becoming a filmmaker. And judging from early reactions to his newest gig, TamiratÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s directorial debut, only three years after receiving a scholarship to study at the New York Film Academy, appears to be a smashing success.
TADIAS caught up with Tamirat shortly after he returned to his home in Washington, D.C., following the launch of the music video in Ethiopia last week.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“For 75 days, we worked 18-19 hours a day, non-stop,Ã¢â‚¬Â he told us. Ã¢â‚¬Å“This was my first project after graduating from film school, so I was working under a lot of pressure.Ã¢â‚¬Â He added: Ã¢â‚¬Å“My whole Ethiopian filmmaking family had great expectations about this project. At the end of the day, it was a great experience for the whole team.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Tikur SewÃ‚Â (Amharic for black man), is Teddy AfroÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tribute to the legacy of Menelik II, the emperor who led Ethiopia during the world-famous Battle of Adwa on March 1, 1896. Scoring a decisive military victory against the invading Italian forces Adwa was an event that changed the course of history not only for Ethiopians, but also for the colonial ambitions of a major European power, forcing Italy to recognize the sovereignty of an African nation. To read full interview, visit Tadias.com.