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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.

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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

Town of Runners

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.

personally I think this image show say two amhara women since amharic is the language but wwhat do I know
Two  Amharic women pose holding umbrellas to shade themselves, Addis Ababa,  Ethiopia, 1931 (autochrome), Moore, W. Robert (fl. 1930s) / National  Geographic Image Collection  / The Bridgeman Art Library

personally I think this image show say two amhara women since amharic is the language but wwhat do I know

Two Amharic women pose holding umbrellas to shade themselves, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1931 (autochrome), Moore, W. Robert (fl. 1930s) / National Geographic Image Collection  / The Bridgeman Art Library