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  1. This man is your friend : Ethiopian : he fights for freedom.

    United States. Office of Facts and Figures. 1942. 

     

  2. Despite the controversy around the Yegna project in British media (right in time to upset British taxpayer before Christmas), this is a great video with nice vocals and message.

    Yegna ft. Aster Aweke: Taitu

     
     

  3. Principles of Ethical Public Service posted outside a museum in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia.

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  5. Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Athens, Greece

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  7. fikirsallam:

    Harari bride getting ready 

    Photography: Jamie Howell

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  8. Tigist Fantahun - Tizita

    Hiid biyei nebere, QorTolignal biyei
    Hiid biyei nebere, QorTolignal biyei
    Alchalkum temeless, teretahu shegiyei

    Hiid siil andebetei, Qoy yilal anjetei
    Hiid siil andebetei, Qoy yilal anjetei
    Altesmamulignim, dagnilign bemotei

    Shemonmuanayei nah, Qalein atiyibign
    Affei bedel hono, bessu atifredibign
    Zinab yargihina, fisess kebelayei
    Bante meTemeQun, ayTelam gelayei

    Hager sim yawTalign, temeless gid yelem
    Hager sim yawTalign, temeless gid yelem
    Bittama lewer newu, baTah lezelalem

    Endenei man alle, be’imbawu lefto adari
    Endenei man alle, be’imbawu lefto adari
    Betewedede lib, fiQir abedari

    Abeit biyei neber, kissei yet derese
    Abeit biyei neber, kissei yet derese
    Bemin yawerdutal, befiQr yenegese

    Derash yargihina, yizehegn teshager
    Derash yargihina, yizehegn teshager
    Diresulign blo, aff yemayinager

    Shemonmuanayei nah, Qalein atiyibign
    Affei bedel hono, bessu atifredibign
    Zinab yargihina, fisess kebelayei
    Bante meTemeQun, ayTelam gelayei

    Hiid biyei nebere, QorTolignal biyei
    Hiid biyei nebere, QorTolignal biyei
    Alchalkum temeless, teretahu shegiyei

    Hiid siil andebetei, Qoy yilal anjetei
    Hiid siil andebetei, Qoy yilal anjetei
    Altesmamulignim, dagnilign bemotei

    Lyrics from http://ethiozeima.com/2011/12/27/tizita-tigist-fantahun/

     
     


  9. Singer/Songwriter Kevin Salem based in NYC describes how he worked with Aster Aweke back in 97/98 and her struggles with recording western-style music. I love her Ethiopian songs, but these two English songs…not really. Nevertheless awesome insight. 

    when i first met aster aweke in 1997, i asked her how famous she was in her ethiopian homeland. i wanted her to put it in terms i could understand, to give me an analogue from american pop culture. “madonna? maybe michael jackson?,” she said. she told me that, to have dinner in a…

     

  10. Eyob Mekonnen (1974 - 2013)

    Artist Eyob Mekonnen Zewde was born on October 21, 1974 from his father Ato. Mekonnen Zewde Yimenu and his mother W/ro. Amarech Tefera in Chenaqisen Gebriel in Jijiga town. After attending Jijiga Primary and Medium High School for his primary and part of his secondary schooling, Eyob moved for a few years to live with his father in Asmara, after which he returned to Jijiga to complete high school in his home town. 

    In 1998, at the age of 24, Eyob abandoned his then career as a photographer to move to Addis Abeba after meeting some individuals who were interested in bringing him to the capital city. After reaching Addis Abeba, he started his career as a vocalist at the Falcon Club which used to be located in Kazanchis. 

    From the time he started performing music until he released his first album in 2007, he was known for performing songs by other artists, including those of Ali Birra and Bob Marley whom he admired. In these years, he also traveled back and forth to Dubai. 

    In October 2007, Eyob released his first album Ende Qal. The album was filled with thoughtful and poetic lyrics about self-awareness, love, faith and hope, and performed mostly in a reggae style, as well as with some pop flavors. Soon after the album’s release, Ende Qal was embraced by a large fan base and his music enjoyed tremendous airplay, which it continues to do until now. 

    After the release of Ende Qal, Eyob travelled throughout Ethiopia and abroad promoting his music in Europe and North America, entertaining thousands of fans. Eyob was also a regular in many nightclubs in Addis Abeba, where he brought much joy performing his music to his adoring fans. 

    Eyob Mekonnen was currently working on completing his second album when he was suddenly taken ill on Tuesday August 13, 2013. On that day, Eyob collapsed in front of his house and was taken to St. Gebriel Hospital where it was understood that he had suffered a stroke and where he subsequently went into a coma. On Saturday August 17, 2013, with the financial and logistical support of his family, friends and fans, Eyob was flown to Nairobi, Kenya and was admitted at Aga Khan University Hospital for further investigation and treatment. Unfortunately, five days after he collapsed, Eyob passed away on Sunday evening, August 18, 2013 at the age of 38. 

    Eyob is survived by his wife, his daughter, his mother and his father. 

    Eyob Mekonnen was buried on Wednesday August 21, 2013 at the Holy Trinity Cathedral (Kidist Selaisse Cathedral) in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. 

    Eyob was a dynamic, humble, kind and talented young man who made a tremendous mark in contemporary Ethiopian music. He will be missed. We wish all his family, friends and fans strength at this time.

    Source: https://www.facebook.com/prayforeyob

     
     

  11. lightsandcamera:

    Harvest 3000 Years/ Mirt 3000 amet - Haile Gerima (1976) will be out on DVD soon!!

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  12. On August 8, 2013 - far from China’s Tiananmen Square, in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, a lone worshiper prayed the Eid Salat and was encircled by an army of riot police. The image shows a man on his knees praying unintimidated as a phalange of soldiers, bearing shields and batons, looked on. The desolate background, apparently deserted by other worshipers fearful for their lives or carted away, against an array of uniform police magnifies the image of this unknown rebel. Asked to name the faithful in the picture,Dimtsachin Yisema, the Facebook group often seen as the de facto leading body of the horizontal Ethiopian Muslims movement, said in an email, “it was sent to us by an activist.”

    More here 

     

  13. 95 years old athlete Wami Biratu runs his last marathon in Addis Ababa, while evoking the legendary Olympic champion Abebe Bikila, his best friend and rival.

    Written & Directed by Miguel Llansó
    Producer: Teferi Debebe, Ventura Durall & Miguel Llansó.
    Cinematography: Ventura Durall, José G. Morandi
    Length: 11 Minutes
    Year of Production: 2013

     
     

  14. lightsandcamera:

    Merkato - Sosena Solomon (2013) 

    Premiering at the Black Star Film Festival in Philadelphia on Aug 3,2013

    Dir. Sosena Solomon
    Documentary. 2013, Ethiopia, USA, 19 min.

    Philadelphia Premiere

    Merkato explores the daily lives of four merchants who sell their wares on the open-air market in Ethiopia. Here we meet Hawa, the oldest woman working in Merkato; Gideon, a former gang member looking for redemption; Ashenafi, a young dreamer learning how to make it; and Wurro, a young woman responsible for her own success. As their livelihoods are on the verge of being transformed by incoming strip malls and parking lots, this documentary pays tribute to the people who live, work, and dream in Merkato.

    http://blackstarfest.org/event/details/tey/ 

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  15. After the Simpsons getting hooked on gursha, Ethiopian food has made it again, this time into “Arthur”. Although the food doesn’t come off well and the injera looks weird, it’s the taking part that counts!