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Ethiopia - Tokichaw, The Chambalala man

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

By Alemayehu Seife-Selassie ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – In the stagnant Ethiopian musical scene, not many sparkling sounds are heard. In fact, with the exception of a handful of artists, lazy synthesizer sounds and poorly controlled voices are becoming the identity of modern Ethiopian music. With just a few singers having the ability ...

Ethiopian film ‘Teza’ explores nation’s recent violent past

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Ethiopian director Haile Gerima (C) poses with actor Aaron Arefe (R) and Abeye Tedla during a photocall at the Venice Film Festival September 2, 2008. The movie "Teza" by director Gerima is presented in competition at the Venice Film Festival. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (ITALY) _____________________________________ VENICE, Sept 2 (Reuters) - A powerful new film ...

Learning the Ethiopian Alphabet?

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

buzznet - Natalie Portman's, singer-songwriter boyfriend Devendra Banhart wears a black t-shirt with the Ethiopian alphabet on it. Earlier this month, he wore a scarf with the Biblical quote, “Everything happens through Him”, in Amharic (Ethiopia’s official language).

Natalie Portman fights for Ethiopian-Israelis

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

ynetnews Danny Adino Ababa (Hollywood star and former Israeli to visit camp in Addis Ababa as part of struggle to obtain aliyah permits for thousands of Ethiopian Jews) ___________________________ Actress Natalie Portman has joined the fight for the Falash Mura aliyah. The people of the Falash Mura denomination, who practice the Jewish religion, have ...

Neil Spencer travels to Addis Ababa to meet the survivors from the ‘Ethiopiques’ project

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Neil Spencer travels to Addis Ababa to learn the strange secrets of the Elvis impersonators and political survivors from the 'Ethiopiques' project __________________________________________ 'There have been very difficult times. Harsh times, when it was frankly hell to be here, but some of us were lucky and survived. Thank God. Now this place' ...

Ethiopia to Broadway, via Jerusalem

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

In 1985, 10-year-old Yossi Vasser and his family set out on foot from the Ethiopian village of Uzava. The perilous 700-kilometer journey that ensued took them through the harsh Sudanese desert and eventually on to their spiritual home - Jerusalem. Fast forward some 23 years and Vasser - now an articulate, ...

Mulatu Astatke gives a primer on Ethiopian music, culture

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Harvard News Office By Corydon Ireland It’s not easy to be a musician in most of the Third World, said legendary Ethiopian composer and musician Mulatu Astatke, who is a 2007-08 Radcliffe Fellow. Music is not typically taught in elementary schools, and in later life, opportunities for musicians are limited by poverty. In ...

Actress Suvari in Ethiopia As Goodwill Ambassador

Friday, February 15th, 2008

The Daily Monitor - Award wining American actress Mena Suvari is visiting Ethiopia in a sign of supporting a US-based foundation forwhich she is goodwill ambassador. The actress is actively supporting the African Medical and Research Foundation-AMREF's programs which focus on Africa's most critical health issues, particularly those issues that affect ...

Continent Divided: ‘Africa Unite’

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

THE DOCUMENTARY FILM "Africa Unite" isn't yet another recycled Bob Marley artifact trotted out to celebrate an anniversary and cash more checks. While the movie covers the giant concert the Marley family held in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa in 2005 to celebrate what would have been Papa Bob's 60th ...

Martin Scorsese To Direct Bob Marley Documentary

Friday, February 8th, 2008

[Portrait of the cast and director from the film The Departed with (left to right) Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Martin Scorsese and Jack Nicholson. Photographed at the Ziegfeld movie theater in New York City, September 26, 2006.] Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese has signed on to develop a full-length documentary on the ...