Ethiopia’s Music Industry Welcomes an Acclaimed New Sound

Ethiopian music industry welcomed an acclaimed young singer Berry in October. According to Platinum Records, the new singer has been working hard over the past five years with the renowned music arranger, producer and song writer, Elias Melka of Begena Studio.

She used to produce songs along with the late reggae singer, Eyob Mekonnen, and played with Express band. Her single Hilina (consciousness) has been popular over the past few months as millions of music fans listen to her on You-tube. Her upcoming debut album dubbed Kemin Netsa Liwuta (what should I liberate myself from) is set to be released at the end of the week by Platinum Records. Her album features local chigchigta, blues, funks and house mixes along with Rnb- soul songs.

Reggae stars Eyob Mekonnen and Ras Jany are also featured in her songs while Elias Melka has participated in writing, composing and mastering her debut album set to inspire the music industry, according to the recording company.

Melaku of Fendika to perform at Globalfest 2016

Melaku Belay, leader of the traditional Ethiopian dance troupe Fendika, is featured in the lineup for the 2016 Globalfest concert in New York City.
“Globalfest has announced the lineup for its 13th annual concert, which will feature performers from Mexico, Ethiopia and Haiti and be held at Webster Hall on Jan. 17,” the New York Times reported.

Melaku, who is known for his innovative and virtuoso interpretation of Eskista, has performed at several shows in NYC while touring with the Ethiopian American band Debo, and most memorably he participated at the Lincoln outdoors concert in 2008 with legendary saxophonist Getatchew Mekurya and The Ex band.
“Fendika an ensemble led by the exuberant dancer Melaku, mixes traditional music and dance from Ethiopia,” the New York Times added.

Last year’s Globalfest was described as “full of fusions both geographical and temporal: local and far-flung, old and new. What fortified nearly every performance was

the sense that the music still comes from some place like home.”

 “Branches and Bones” exposition at Alliance Ethio-Française

The Allaince Ethio-Française’s presentation of an art exhibition of a German artist Kalus Mertens was closed yesterday.

The exposition stayed open during the weekdays over the last one week in connection with the European films festival. German Artist Klaus Mertens has been working in Ethiopia for a decade now. Since then, he has exhibited his work in various venues in Addis Ababa. Art Galleries such as Lela, Asni and the German

House are some of venues that he has exhibited his work. Klaus Mertens currently teaches at the Ale School of Fine Arts and Design.

This is his second exposition at the Alliance Ethio-Française and it showed new sculptures, Print-works from different periods and the so called “Ato Goethe Collection”, sculptures designed by recycling wood from the Goethe Institute of Addis Ababa.

Kalus has been living in Ethiopia for more than a decade associating himself with the local culture which he repeatedly called “unique amongst the others” on the continent.

“7 billion” becomes a hit as new Ethiopian sound in the US

Raised in Ethiopia and relocated to New York, Mizan Kidanu, has been playing piano since she was seven; it and her voice are the only elements that make up “7 Billion.”

She hits the same somber keys time and time again, laying down a simple, chilling foundation so she can get something off her chest: “I’m the center of my world, but the 7 billion have a say,” she sings. “7 billion have a heart, 7 billion find a way.” In an interview with Tadias magazine, Mizan talked about her little known but promising career saying she is versatile, spanning from free-styled covers of songs like “Crazy” by Cee-Lo Green, which to date has garnered upwards of 34,000 hits

on YouTube, and original, more melancholy ones like “No Fool,” the first track on her new album.

Back in April 2013 she won first place at Amateur Night at the Apollo for a sultry and resplendent cover of “Ain’t No Sunshine”.

Source: The Reporter
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