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    The Ethio-Armenian Contribution to Ethiopian Music
    From the times of Emperor Haile Selassie I and the Arba... more
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    NEW MUSIC by Jungle by Night
    Some guys from Amsterdam have been seriously jonesing for... more
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    NEW RELEASE: Dumi Right is Connecting the Dots
    Dumi RIGHT was introduced to audiences in the early 90's... more
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Written by admin | 10 Sep 2012 11:59 PM | Comments: 0
The Ethio-Armenian Contribution to Ethiopian Music

From the times of Emperor Haile Selassie I and the Arba Lijoch (40 adopted Armenian orphans who comprised his imperial orchestra) to the legendary Ethio-jazz singer Alèmayèhu Eshèté, Armenians have long been intertwined with the musical and cultural history of

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Written by admin | 10 Sep 2012 11:23 PM | Comments: 0
NEW MUSIC by Jungle by Night

Some guys from Amsterdam have been seriously jonesing for Ethiopian grooves - so much so that they decided to record some tracks themselves.  Jungle by Night is an exciting new group inspired by Ethiopia's musical luminaries such as Girma Beyene, Moges Habte, Mulatu Astatke, et. al. 

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Written by admin | 13 Aug 2012 12:03 AM | Comments: 0
NEW RELEASE: Dumi Right is Connecting the Dots

Dumi RIGHT was introduced to audiences in the early 90's as a member of Zimbabwe Legit -- the pioneering crew widely regarded as the first African hip hop group to gain international recognition. He has a solid discography of album releases including the acclaimed Zimbabwe Legit - House of

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Written by admin | 02 Apr 2012 03:43 PM | Comments: 0
NEW: Awesome Tapes from Africa releases Ghana's Bola on iTunes / Amazon

Bola is a singer and instrumentalist from Bolgatanga, Ghana who has been putting out tape after tape of ridiculously energetic and thoughtful songs for the last few years. Brian Shimkowitz, founder and curator of Awesome Tapes from Africa, explained that he almost died when he heard this Volume

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Written by admin | 24 Mar 2012 10:54 PM | Comments: 0
Award-Winning African Films Now Available

Movie lovers in the U.S. and Canada can now view top award-winning African films online via the African Film Library (AFL) at www.africanfilmlibrary.com. M-Net, the South African-based corporate broadcaster, producer and distributor has launched this unprecedented collection as a way to help

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Written by admin | 11 Mar 2012 03:42 AM | Comments: 0
NEW Music by Native Sun

Here's a new duo - Native Sun - that is contributing to the wealth of positive hip-hop representing Mama Africa.  Native Sun is a London based duo consisting of bilingual rapper Mohammed Yahya, born in Mozambique, South East Africa and singer-song writer Sarina Leah.  Check out their

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Written by admin | 11 Mar 2012 03:27 AM | Comments: 0
NEW Music by the Fokn Bois

O.k., I have tremendous respect for the artistic creativity of Wanlov and M3nsa - two Ghanaian hip-life artists who are probably ahead of their time.  These days, they have combined forces to create this Fokn Bois project.  If you're a mid-90's hip hop fan...this might conjure up

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Written by admin | 26 Feb 2012 12:52 AM | Comments: 0
Tribute to the life of Christopher Kato - a ballroom wizard

At 87 years, he could still twist his body on the dance floor with the excitement of a rebellious teenager. His love for the Latin-style ballroom dances and his sleek performance endeared him to the millions of people who’ve seen performances over the years.

Christopher Kato started

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Written by admin | 30 Jan 2012 01:58 AM | Comments: 0
Baaba Maal and Joel Sebungo Take Center Stage

In an historic moment, Joel Sebunjo shared the stage with renowned Senegalese artist Baaba Maal in Kampala on Friday, 27 January at the Serena Hotel. Baaba, also known as “Nightingale” because of his clear high-pitched voice has received worldwide acclaim for his acoustic guitar and

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Written by admin | 12 Dec 2011 12:39 AM | Comments: 0
Liya Kebede Directs NEW Video - Bole Bole

Supermodel Liya Kebede launched her directorial debut with a new music video, "Bole Bole".  You be the

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Bongo Flava in Your Ear

In the late 1980s, a new version of music used by the youth to express hope, problems, emotion

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She got Ken-Soul - an Interview with Liz Ogumbo

What do you get when you combine a silky voice, a killer sense of fashion, a bunch of soul and a

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Who is Burntface?

Burntface - the group, the movement, the man.  However you understand the Ethio-inspired hip

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Ugandan Street Kids in The Economist

AddisTunes and our Kampala-based editor Hillary Muheebwa have been spending the last year or so

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This Week's Gem: African Brothers International

As we began dusting off the vinyl collection, we've decided to start sharing some with the rest

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In Uganda, Mathias Walukaga is fed up

It’s 85 degrees in the shade.  Men and women are crowding into the mutatus (taxis),

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Kampala Taxi Sessions - Judith Babirye's

One of the near universals things in life is love for mothers.  As another addition to the

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Discover Real Hip Hop at Trinity International Hip Hop Festival

A couple of weeks ago I had the good fortune of attending the 7th Annual Trinity International

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This Week's Gem: Mulatu Astatke's

At AddisTunes, we love digging for rare musical gems in the form of old records.  This week,

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Uganda's Invisible Children - Stop Kony 2012

The organization Invisible Children has been in the news lately - wining both praise and

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Brown Condor: What you never knew about Ethiopian food

When I first met my now-wife, and we had dinner in Addis Abeba, she shoved a big glob of food in

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Living a Life That Matters: A Conversation with Sol Guy

Growing up in Canada, who would have known that Sol Guy’s early love affair with music

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DEBUT EP from the Soul of Sudan - Alsarah and the Nubatones

Introducing the world to great music is what we live for…and today is one of the days that

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