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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 and Haimanot […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ethiopia Habtemariam to give keynote address at Urban Music Summit

Ethiopia Habtemariam San Diego, CA – Ethiopia Habtemariam, who at 34, became the new president of Motown Records earlier this month, will give the keynote address at the “Back to Basics” — The Urban Music & Entertainment Summit 2014 here in san Diego, California.  The four-day event, which will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton Pavilion […]
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