Hub of Africa’s Bumpy Fashion Week

Featured works of Yohannes sisters Z(photo: Addis Fortune)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – On Thursday October 23, 2014, the third Hub of Africa Fashion Week (HAFW) opened up at the Galani Coffee House, a chic warehouse turned coffee shop near Gerji Mebrat Hail in Addis Abeba. The fashion show, which showcases various designers in one venue, is a three-day event that includes “two nights of fashion and one night of pure industry” said Linda Murithi, one...

Ethiocolor Releases Debut Album

Ethiocolor Band
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The local band Ethiocolor is getting well known for bridging the gap between past and present by mixing old musical traditions with new ones and coming up with a new form of modern Ethiopian music. The highly anticipated Ethiocolor debut album was released on Thursday September 25th at the Fendika Cultural Club. The band that is known for their vibrant live shows combines...

“Music is my life”, Tewodros Tadesse

Tewodros Tadesse
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – With its mellow sound, Tewodros Tadesse’s music has the ability to touch his audience while leaving a lasting impression. For more than three decades he has managed to produce music that transcends time. He started his musical career in the church, which gave him a unique way of singing, connecting with ancient sounds of Ethiopia. Born and raised in Addis Ababa,...

Getachew Berhanu keeps tradition alive

Getachew Berhanu
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Getachew Berhanu is well known for mirroring some aspects of Ethiopian traditions. Following in his famous father’s footsteps (Berhanu Yemenu) his work is one of the most familiar and renowned in the Ethiopian art scene. His work has been heavily influenced by his father who was a traditional church painter; his first teacher. According to the artist, he was not particularly...

Meklit

Meklit Hadero (Photo: meklithadero.com)
Meklit Hadero, known simply as “Meklit”, is a singer and songwriter based in San Francisco, California. She is known for her soulful performing style, and for combining jazz, folk, and East African influences in her music. Born in Ethiopia, she was raised in the U.S. and attended college at Yale, where she studied political science. Shortly after graduation, Meklit moved to San...

Best & Worst Fashion Looks at Cannes Films Festival

Liya Kebede
By Sarah MacKenzie The 67th annual Cannes Film Festival is in full swing. Here are the best and worst fashion looks from the second day of film meets fashion craziness on the French Riviera featuring Blake Lively, Julianne Moore, Zoe Saldana and more. THE GOOD: I’m a sucker for an appropriately styled long-sleeved mini, and who better to show us how it’s done than a bonafide supermodel?...

Building A Community, One Bead At A Time – T&H Designs, Ethiopia

Tigist and Haimanot Damtew (Photo: thenextwomen.com) -
Tigist and Haimanot Damtew (Photo: thenextwomen.com) - Andrea Kolb of The Next Women meets Tigist and Haimanot Damtew from Ethiopia, founders of jewelry design company T&H Designs, who were trained in the trade by the NGO Gemini Trust. Andrea herself is the founder of social fashion brand ABURY, one of the companies through which pieces of jewelry from T&H Designs are sold. Tigist...

Nardos Tegegne wins Miss Ethiopia Beauty Contest

Nardos Tegegne of Gojjam
  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The sixth edition of the Miss Ethiopia beauty contest was held the previous Friday at Capital hotel. At this year’s edition, Nardos Tegegne from Gojam, representing the Amhara Regional State, won the title of Miss Ethiopia. The beauty contest comprised 18 young women representing seven regions of Ethiopia. The contestants came out in their traditional clothes....

Why not Traditional Instruments?

Ethiopian Musical Instruments
By Tibebeselassie Tigabu Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Listening to Mulatu Astatke’s melodious album, of Sketches of Ethiopia, it is easy to recognize the distinct sounds of Ethiopian instruments. The creator of Ethio-Jazz created his album with his band, Step Ahead, composed of a trumpet player, drummers and Masinko, Kirar and Washint players. The album includes Malian vocalist Fatoumata Diawara....

The Battle of the Strings

Mulatu Celo and Masinko
By Tibebeselassie Tigabu Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - An event entitled ‘The Battle of the Strings’ will be presented on April 24 and 27 at the African Jazz Village on the grounds of the historical Ghion Hotel. The Battle of the Strings will entail the battle between the western musical instrument, the Cello and the Ethiopian string instrument the Masinqo.  Mulatu Astatke calls the...