Guragey rap. Amazing dance animations too.
Baye Speedy - filfilu - YAWEWE - Mewded Kebru (by awefeki)
Ethiopian dance ‘Bole Bole’ (which is an affluent bit of Addis Abeba)
Directed by Liya Kebede.
The tune is aiiight, a bit too Swedish House Mafia for my taste but its alright. There is a nice bass synth during the dialogue (which in itself is HILARIOUS)
I am ‘y Bole lej’ as well!
Thanks to Selam for putting me on to this.
I’d been searching trying to find electronic music outta Ethiopia and found this.
Soul Keita - Para(sol) - Democracy EP
I’m listening to this on REPEAT. At a couple points you can hear a lil bit of tradition Ethiopian music. I need to find more.
Who is taking the baton from Mulatu Astateque? ‘Cause as much as I love his work I would love for some new blood to come through.
Have been listening to Samuel Yirga, a talented pianist who worked on the Dub Colossus project, and while his take on Ethio Jazz in good and on the darker side of the pentatonic scale I am still looking for something totally different.
anyways, listen more and read less
I immigrated from Ethiopia when I was a lil’ chile.
Used to run like it was breathing. Stopped running when I got plonked the the good Catholic girls school in London.
15 years on and I am running again. And this documentary is also being made, looking forward to its release.
The producer is of no relation, Demissie is a surname more popular than I thought.
a re-imaging of a Mahmoud Ahmed song
This question is something that I have been trying to answer for myself for a long time and have been doing a lot of reading around the subject. While I have read published books I have also been reading the work of the general public, thanks to blogs and Facebook, and what I have found is that identity and the question of identifying oneself is a difficult, lonely, sometime violent journey.
I am currently reading On Identity by Amin Maalouf and it has helped me organise my thoughts regarding identity; its importance and its fluidity. I will be writing about identity and attempting to find, if possible, an identity that I am happy with.
I will also be working on a comic book idea(Our Long Story - working title), which I hope will answer some of my questions on my national identity as well as a cook book(Eat alicha). I shall also be working on my social business network idea(nothing to display- site yet to come but you can read the blog).
Come, read, and tell me what you think.