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 participate at the event. WOMEX is the most important international professional music fair of its kind. The fair will take place in Copenhagen for three consecutive years, starting from 2009. Over 2800 delegates (musicians, agents, mangers, recorders and the like), and 1425 companies from more than 90 countries will participate at the event this year.


The founder and Musical Director of Addis Acoustic Project, Girum Mezmur, informed Ezega news that the WOMEX show will open a big opportunity for them to introduce the 1950s and 1960s Ethiopian pop music, and to share their experience and build network with other musicians from all over the world,.


Explaining why his group was selected among many the competed for WOMEX event, Girum said “we play authentic Ethiopian music which I believe is the main reason that made us one the participants in this prestigious event”.


Girum Mezmur also told Ezega News that Addis Acoustic band will take part on “Selam Africa Festival” which will take place November 6 to 9, 2009, in Stockholm, Sweden. Addis Acoustic band is expected to play with Oumou Sangare (the reknowned singer from Mali) and other well known artists from all over the world. 


Addis Acoustic Project (formerly of Addis Acoustic Renaissance Group) was founded by producer and guitarist Girum Mezmur on May 9th 2008. Ezega News wishes them all the best on this trip and their professional activities.


Eden Habtamu Ezega News 

This article was written by Eden Habtamu reporting for from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She can be reached by email at The article can be reprinted in full or in part elsewhere but only by giving full credit to Ezega.  If reprinted on a website, we ask that you place this active link: Ezega Ethiopian News, pointing to



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