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Written by admin | 01 Nov 2009 10:54 PM | Comments: 12
Ethio-Brazilian Music Legend Jorge Ben

Ethiopia’s musical influence is not well known to most people.  The recent Ethiopiques CD series has helped unearth a veritable treasure trove of music that the Western world has never known – although most people from Ethiopia grew up on these songs.

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Written by admin | 21 Jul 2009 01:28 PM | Comments: 12
Join a Live Web Discussion with Dr. Eleni Gabre Madhin on July 23

Who: Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin

What: PBS Documentary: "The Market Maker"

When: 7/22/09 in NY - Check Your Local Listing (See Link Below)

Where: PBS

There is excitement in the air!  A current has electrified the Ethiopian community, as everyone awaits the airing of PBS's "The Market Maker" -

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Written by admin | 15 Mar 2010 03:03 PM | Comments: 10
Tiyya Locals - Where Giving is Cool

The French poet, playwright, and novelist Victor Hugo once wrote, “As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled.”  He was reminding us about the real reward in giving and charity towards others.  I was reminded of this quote when I was introduced to an exciting social

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Written by admin | 01 Feb 2010 01:02 AM | Comments: 10

Throughout the course of modern African history, music has often been a powerful weapon of resistance and revolution.  Nowhere was this truer than in Angola during the period of Portuguese colonization.  One of our favorite CDs, “From Angola to Brasil,” takes some of the

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Written by admin | 10 Nov 2009 10:50 PM | Comments: 8

 

Tommy T on AddisTunes

The eternally enigmatic Mr. EthioJazz – the Lone Ranger of Ethiopian Music – has ridden in on his trusty stallion to protect us once again from bad music.  In his unyielding commitment to quality Ethiopian music…EthioJazz has penned a review of “The Prester

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Written by admin | 28 Aug 2009 10:27 AM | Comments: 8
Picks of the Week: Moges Habte

Moges Habte’s talent is well known to many avid listeners of Ethio Jazz.  For those who may not know, however, Moges is an amazing saxophone player whose musical roots date back to the fourth grade at Kokebe Tsibah Haile Selassie Day School and the Yared School of Music.  After

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Written by admin | 14 Mar 2010 10:28 PM | Comments: 7

We believe in pushing the envelope and challenging status quo - which is why we are constantly looking to showcase images of Africa that you may not see anywhere.  Learn more about our African photo series here.

One of our favorite photographers - Emily Taylor - has worked her magic once

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Written by admin | 19 Feb 2010 12:41 PM | Comments: 7

Emily Taylor is a photographic phenom living in Addis Ababa where she gives a voice to the voiceless and brings cultural awareness to a global audience.  Her work includes international assignments and contracts with local media organizations, NGOs, and businesses in Addis Ababa. 

As

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Written by admin | 31 Jan 2010 10:48 PM | Comments: 6

As part of our African Photography series, here is a priceless image from one of our favorite people on Twitter.  As always, we encourage you to send photos of the "Real Africa" for the world to see.  For more details, click here.

Chidren at Play in Addis Ababa

 

"This is a pic of my precious little cousin

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Written by admin | 01 Dec 2009 02:18 AM | Comments: 6

Support the Children at AddisTunes.comOne of my favorite reggae singers – Luciano – has a song, “Save the World,” where he reminds us, “If you want to save the world, you gotta’ save the children.”  This message is especially poignant today.  With wars raging in Iraq and

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Written by admin | 22 Sep 2009 03:34 PM | Comments: 6
Kafa Beanz Representing for the AA

I can’t wait for SEPTEMBER 25, 2009!  It's not often when a truly groundbreaking artist comes unto the scene.  In the case of the Kafa Beanz, however, a whole collective of groundbreaking artists – including Wayna, Burntface, Gabriel Teodros, B Sheba, AP,

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Written by admin | 16 Jul 2009 10:14 AM | Comments: 6
Teddy Afro Might Go Free

There is never a shortage of information floating around the rumor mill.  However, the latest rumor that Teddy Afro will be released from jail soon has a lot of Ethiopian music lovers excited.  For many, Teddy represents more than just another musician – he is the voice of

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Written by admin | 18 Jan 2010 04:57 PM | Comments: 5

 

 

I love photos.  I'm not a photographer.  But I can stare at photos of distant places and people for hours on end.  Whenever I read about events on the other side of the planet, I try to find photos of the places, the people, the terrain, etc.  But in all

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Written by admin | 15 Jan 2010 01:11 AM | Comments: 5

 

ESAI 2010 Summit in Toronto

Student activism throughout the Diaspora today is a continuation of the revolutionary fervor that inspired the student movements of the 1960s.  In almost every country - from the U.S. to Ethiopia - students have helped lead the fight against exploitation and discrimination. 

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Written by admin | 03 Aug 2009 10:33 AM | Comments: 5
New Documentary about Resettling Kunama Refugees

I've been impressed with the quantity and quality of documentaries on Ethiopia lately.  The Market Maker was a compelling story, as it showed some of the best that Ethiopia has to offer, and captured the hope that we all have for Ethiopia's bright tomorrows. 

This latest documentary -

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Written by admin | 03 Jul 2009 11:03 AM | Comments: 4
Boonaa Mohammed Inspires Me

One of the things I love about music is the honesty involved in it.  When an artist has poured their soul into a song or performance – whether it’s the musical virtuosity of legends such as Elias Negash and Moges Habte or diamonds "In the Ruff” like Oddisee

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Written by admin | 13 Mar 2011 11:50 PM | Comments: 3

Imagine Outkast traveling to West Africa and finding inspiration from Afro Beat and Highlife musical legends Fela Kuti, Nana Ampadu, Tony Allen, etc.  Then on their way home, they stopped in Jamaica to hang out on Brentford Road at Studio One; then made a final stop in the Queens, NY to pick

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Written by admin | 15 Apr 2010 01:03 PM | Comments: 3
Somalia: A Nation of Poets

Many people know the Somali-born rapper K'naan for his hard-hitting and conscious lyrics.  But what many people fail to realize is that K'naan is a modern-day incarnation of a strong tradition of poetry in Somalia. - which is as old as time, itself.  We wanted to explore this poetic

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Written by admin | 21 Oct 2009 12:24 PM | Comments: 3
High on Ethiopium

I've been buying, selling, and trading rare records for a number of years now.  One of the things I love about digging for records is the number of kindred spirits you encounter along the way.  Music is food for the soul; and the excitement of meeting someone who shares a similar

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Written by admin | 11 Jun 2009 05:25 PM | Comments: 3

We are excited to announce that Elias Negash's 5 albums plus a FREE bonus song are now available for download @ www.AddisTunes. com:

Peace 
Fikir 
Feel Like Dancin 
Harrambe 
Poetry and Music 

Elias has also graciously made available FREE for download his







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