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Ethiopian Band Yegna to Continue Despite Funding Cut from UK

Yegna-to-continue-despite-funding-cutJanuary 16, 2017 - Yegna Managing Director Solome Tadesse spoke on Tuesday of continuation of the project despite the UK Department for International Development (DFID)’s decision to cut its funding for the project. DFID has been working with Yegna for the past four years and had a plan to give it GBP 11.8 million between 2015 and 2018 through its partner Girl Effect. But DFID announced the end of its partnership with Yegna a few days ago.

Though DFID said the decision came after a review of Yegna project and a belief that there were more effective ways to spend UK aid, Solome said th

Micheal and Zeritu Rock the Stage with 'Nafkot ena Fiker'

By Seble Teweldebirhan

Addis Ababa, March 19, 2013, ( – On a chilly Saturday night two weeks ago, Lafto Mall in Addis Ababa was crowded with more than 4000 excited fans of Michael Belaynehe and Zeritu Kebede. The two contemporary stars of Ethiopian music had a concert following the new album by Michael titled &ls

Is Modern Ethiopian Music Failing the Test of Time?

By Seble Teweldebirhan


JazzambaAddis Ababa, November 19, 2012 ( - Every night, Jazzamba lounge at Taitu Hotel entertains audiences with some of renowned musicians of the country. The first hotel in Ethiopia built in 1898 by the Wife of Menelik the II Itegu

Teddy Afro’s Tikur Sew Music Video Launched

By Seble Teweldebirhan


Teddy Afro - Tikur SewAddis Ababa, June 11, 2012 ( - Teddy Afro’s recent album, Tikur Sew or Black Man, is going through a serious scrutiny. The attitude towards the album has changed form ‘wow Teddy Afro&r

The Making of Modern Music in Ethiopia

By Seble Teweldebirhan


Nhatty ManAddis Ababa, June 7, 2012 ( - One of the most contemporary sounds in Ethiopian music is made by Nhatnael Ayalew, also known as Nhatty Man by his stage name. The young musician is modern in every way. From his style to his app

Teddy Afro Dominates Ethiopian Music Scene Once Again

By Seble Teweldebirhan


Tedy Afro Tikur SewAddis Ababa, April 24, 2012 ( - The much-anticipated album of all time, Teddy Afro’s Tekur Sew (or Black Man), was released last week on the eve of Easter.


Japanese Drum Band Performs at the National Theatre

By Seble Teweldebirhan


Japanese MusicAddis Ababa, October 6, 2011 ( - The Embassy of Japan, together with the Japan Foundation, presented a unique drum and tap dance mix show at the National Theatre on Tuesday this week. The concert titled “Blendrums” was led by renowned Japanese drummer Leonard Eto and his group of drummers and tap dancers who are visiting Ethiopia as part of their East Africa tou

Teddy Afro Entertains Crowd In Addis

Teddy AfroJanuary 13, 2010 -- Tewodros Kassahun entertained his fans on Thursday, January 7, the Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas Day, in his second performance in Addis Ababa since being released from prison in August 2009.

Fans, estimated to number over 10,000 by organisers, danced and sang to the tunes that preach freedom and equality at the Ghion Hotel show.

Teddy Afro donated the proceeds to Elshaday Relief and Development Association to eliminate begging and street living.


Salsa Dance Sweeping Ethiopian Capital

Ethiopian Salsa DanceADDIS ABABA, January 1, 2010 — It's a far cry from Ethiopia's traditional Eskista shoulder shake dance, but Salsa is sweeping Addis Ababa with aficionados twirling and spinning their way across the city's dance floors each night, reports AFP.

From just one Salsa school five years ago, started by a US-educated Ethiopian entrepreneur, some 10 more have sprouted in this city of five million people.

At a packed club, businessman Daniel Nigussie, jauntily clad in a white satin shirt and fedora, is getting ready to show off his

Ethiopia’s Addis Acoustic Band to participate at WOMEX ‘09

Addis Acoustic BandBy Eden Habtamu, Ezega News

Addis Ababa, October 30 -- Addis Acoustic Project has been selected to participate at the World Music Expo (WOMEX) 2009 which is due to be held at the Concert Center (Koncerthuset) in the Danish city of Copenhagen, from October 28 to November 1 , 2009.


The Addis Acoustic Band was chosen from the nine hundred bands that applied to participate at event, becoming one of only forty bands that will parti

Ethiopia Beyonce concert fails due to row over broadcasting

Addis Ababa, September 14, 2009 -- Beyoncé Knowles, the 28-year old world famous R&B singer and Hollywood actress, will not be coming to perform in Addis Abeba as it was announced by promoters here, reliable sources disclosed.

The sensational performer, honoured as Billboard Woman of the Year on August 25, 2009, had agreed to come to Addis for her second performance scheduled for October 31, 2009. It was meant to be part of her third world tour, inclu

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