Events Section

The Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago to Mark 30th Anniversary

(Photographs courtesy The Ethiopian community Association of Chicago --ECAC)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Monday, April 14th, 2014

Chicago (TADIAS) — The Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago (ECAC) will mark its 30th anniversary with a celebratory event scheduled on May 3rd, 2014.

The festivities will feature guest speakers, performances from the ECAC children’s dance troupe, an Ethiopian dinner, and live entertainment by local artist Esrael Yosseph. In addition, organizers have announced that the evening will include a recognition ceremony of individuals who have made “significant contributions” to the Chicago-area Ethiopian community over the past three decades. The special guest speaker is Jerome McDonnell, a native of Chicago and host of Worldview — a world affairs radio show on WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago that “provides in-depth conversations on international issues and their local impact.”

Since it was established in 1984 ECAC has served not only as “the cultural anchor of Chicago-area Ethiopian community,” but also as an “open door for refugee populations” from other African countries, including Asia, Middle East, and Eastern European nations seeking its services in areas of advocacy, education, employment, healthcare, and community outreach.

“This is a momentous occasion,” said the non-profit’s Executive Director, Dr. Erku Yimer, in a press release. “By building on what we have learned over the last thirty years, we continue to aim for a financially secure organization where we can expand our services and initiate new programs that will empower the community by addressing basic and emerging developmental needs.” The celebratory event will serve as a fundraiser for future projects.

If You Go:
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Saint Andrew Greek Orthodox Church
5649 N. Sheridan | Chicago, IL 60660
6:30pm – Midnight
Tickets: $100
www.ecachicago.org

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Feedel Band Brings Ethio Jazz to NYC

(Photo: Feedel Band Facebook)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Saturday, April 12th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — OkayAfrica recently highlighted Feedel Band noting that “the ethio-jazz group have been making waves with their vintage Ethiopique sound” while Apropop Worldwide says the band ”keeps the funky experimentation of 70s Ethiopia alive.” Tonight they will be playing at Meridian 23, a live World Music venue in downtown NYC.

Feedel Band is currently working on a new album with producer and Gogol Bordello band member Thomas Gobena to be released by Electric Cowbell Records.

If You Go:
Showtime 9:30 PM
$10 at the door until 11:15 PM
161 West 23rd St
New York, New York 10011
(212) 645-0649
More info at www.facebook.com/meridian23nyc
www.feedelband.com

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The Award Night at 2nd Annual Colours of the Nile Film Festival in Ethiopia

At the 2014 Colours of the Nile Film Festival award night in Addis Ababa. (Photograph courtesy of CNIFF)

Tadias Magazine
News Update

Published: Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — The winners at last month’s second annual Colours of the Nile International Film Festival (CNIFF) in Ethiopia — which highlighted 48 films from across the African continent — included Rumours of War by Soussaba Cisse from Mali (Best Feature, Best Cinematography and Original Soundtrack), President Dia by Ousmane William Mbaye from Senegal (Best Documentary), Adamt by Zelalem Woldemariam from Ethiopia (Best Short Film), Mugambi Nitenga in Nairobi Half Life from Kenya (Best Actor), Bertukan Befkadu in Nishan from Ethiopia (Best Actress), All is Well by Pocas Pascoal from Angola (Best Sound), and Virgin Margarida by Licinio Azevedo from Mozambique (Best Screenplay).

The event (From 24 – 31 March) was organized by the Blue Nile Film and Television Academy in partnership with the Ethiopian Filmmakers Association, was held at various locations in Addis Ababa such as the Alliance Ethio-Française, Italian Cultural Institute and the Ethiopian National Museum, while opening and award nights took place at the Ethiopian National Theater.

Below are photos from the closing ceremony courtesy of the Nile International Film Festival (CNIFF).



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London Marathon Preview: Ethiopia, Kenya Battle for Supremacy

Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia was the winner of the men's London Marathon title last year. (Getty Images)

The Sports Network

April 7, 2014

Philadelphia, PA – Defending champion Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia and world record holder Wilson Kipsang of Kenya headline the elite men’s division field at the London Marathon on April 13.

Kebede won the race in 2010, posting an impressive time of 2 hours, 6 minutes, 4 seconds, more that 29 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Emmanuel Mutai of Kenya. Since 2004, Kebede is the sole non-Kenyan to win the race.

Last year’s race will be best remembered by many of the runners wearing black ribbons to honor the bombing victims of the Boston Marathon, held one week earlier. A moment of silence was held before the start of the race, and security was extremely tight for the spectators and the 36,000 runners.

Making his marathon debut will be Mo Farah of Great Britain. He won the gold medal in the men’s 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the 2012 London Olympics.

Read more at SportsNetwork.com.

Related:
Kenenisa Bekele Smashes Paris Marathon Record (AP)

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Documentary Examines Ethiopia’s Civil Code in the Past 50 Years

(Photographs credit: World Economic Forum on Africa, Wikimedia Commons and theapricity.com)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — A new documentary by Leyou Tameru, Chasing Modernity: A Reflection on Legal History, will be screened on April 9th at Teachers College, Columbia University. The film highlights the evolution of Ethiopia’s legal system under three different authorities in the past five decades, paying particular attention to the Civil Code. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the filmmaker and moderated by Professor Tseliso Thipanyane of Ramapo College.

“In 1960 Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia proclaimed five major laws, setting in place the building blocks of the contemporary legal system,” the event announcement stated. “More than 50 years and three governments later, this documentary re-examines the legal system with a focus on Civil Code, one of the few pieces of legislation to have remanded in effect throughout these major changes.”

Leyou Tameru is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Addis Ababa Law School — where she has lectured on a part-time basis — and works as a legal consultant and researcher with law firms and international organizations in various African countries. Her documentary “tells the story from the perspective of actors in the legal community in Ethiopia from different generations.”

If You Go:
Wednesday, April 9th
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Teachers College (361 Grace Dodge Hall)
525 West 120th Street
New York, NY
Institute of African Studies, Columbia University

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Harlem Helps: Marcus Samuelsson Hosting A Benefit for The East Harlem Collapse

(Image: Courtesy Ticketfly)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Monday, March 24th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — Marcus Samuelsson will be hosting a fundraiser at Ginny’s Supper Club next week (Wednesday, April 2nd) to support those who have been affected by the recent tragedy in East Harlem.

The event announcement states. “In light of the tragic East Harlem explosion at 116th St. / Park Ave on the morning of March 12, 2014, we at Red Rooster Harlem are responding with assistance for our neighbors. To that end, on the evening of April 2, we are hosting a fundraiser to aid these families and individuals in their hour of need.”

“The evening will feature a cocktail party with live entertainment to celebrate the Harlem Community. Ticket proceeds will go directly to the victims of the collapse via American Red Cross in Greater NY: East Harlem Collapse Relief.”



If You Go:
Harlem Helps: A Benefit for The East Harlem Collapse
Wednesday, April 2 · 8:00 PM
Ginny’s Supper Club
VIP Cocktail Hour — $350 -7 pm
General Admission — $175 – 8pm
Phone: 212.621.3821
Tickets at www.ginnyssupperclub.com

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2nd Annual Colours of the Nile Film Festival Opens in Ethiopia

Photograph courtesy Colours of the Nile International Film Festival (CONIFF).

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Updated: Monday, March 24th, 2014

Addis Ababa (TADIAS) – The second annual Colours of the Nile International Film Festival (CNIFF) opened in Addis Ababa on Monday. Organizers say this year’s festival highlights 48 films from around the African continent.

The event (From 24 – 31 March), which is organized by the Blue Nile Film and Television Academy in partnership with the Ethiopian Filmmakers Association, features three competitive categories for drama, documentaries and short films, as well as ten awards to be given out — including The Great Nile Prize for Best Director.

“Our selection captures the shifting paradigm in African cinema that is brought forward by extremely talented young African filmmakers,” CNIFF founder and president, Abraham Haile Biru, said in a statement. “At the same time the festival upholds and celebrates the extraordinary work of established names of African cinema.”

The opening and award nights will be held at the Ethiopian National theatre, while screenings are scheduled at Alliance Ethio-française, Italian Cultural Institute and the Ethiopian National Museum.

Learn more and see the line-up at www.coloursofthenile.net.

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The High Museum of Art Atlanta Features Q & A With Julie Mehretu

Julie Mehretu will speak at the High Museum in Atlanta on Monday, April 21, 2014. (Photo: By Teju Cole)

The High Museum of Art Atlanta

March 22nd, 2014

Join MacArthur Foundation Award–winning artist Julie Mehretu as she discusses her career and work, including the High Museum of Art’s recent acquisition, Mogamma (A Painting in Four Parts): Part II (2012). Mehretu, whose work is known for its dynamic formal complexity and multi-layered imagery, is interested in how the architecture of the public square, a site of social and political change, connects to the community.

Alluding to the events of the Arab Spring, her Mogamma series – titled in reference to the government building just south of Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt – features detailed renderings of structures in Tripoli, Libya; Cairo; and other Middle Eastern cities where uprisings have occurred recently. Produced for the 2012 exhibition Documenta XIII in Germany, this series – including the High’s recent acquisition – exhibits Mehretu’s deft use of gestural marks, sweeping lines, and silkscreened patterns, suggesting the often urgent and always complex patterns of migrant peoples.

The High is honored to bring Mehretu to Atlanta for this special event. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from the artist and learn about her works.

Learn more and buy tickets at www.high.org.

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New Bronx Home for NYC Medhanialem Church — Opening Ceremony May 3rd

The new church at 302 East 206 Street in the Norwood Section of Bronx, New York. (Courtesy photo)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Saturday, March 15th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — After three decades in Harlem one of the oldest Ethiopian churches in New York, the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Medhanialem Church, is moving into a newly purchased building in the Bronx this spring. The Church announced that it’s extending an invitation to the community at large to attend the inauguration ceremony of the new location scheduled for May 3rd, 2014.

Since the mid 1980′s the congregation had met in a rental space inside the Riverside Church in Upper Manhattan. “Our stay at the Riverside was meant to be very temporary,” the Church noted in a press release. “However that temporary period turned out to be a long 30 years due partly to the expensive real estate market of New York City. After so many years of saving nickels and dimes, we have now purchased a property in the Norwood Section of the Bronx.”

As to the event on May 3rd, “This day will be a day of celebration and thanksgiving for the Ethiopian immigrant population and supporters.” the statement added. “We plan a big display of our age old religious tradition, custom and procession. We also have an open house program on April 26th specifically for the neighborhood.”

If You Go:
የኢትዮዽያ ኦርቶዶክስ ተዋህዶ የመድኃኔ ዓለም ቤተ ክርስቲያን
Inauguration Ceremony
Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
302 East 206 St
Bronx, NY 10467
More info: www.medhanialem.org

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2014 African Economic Forum – April 4-5

Wale Tinubu, Chief Executive of Oando PLC, Sub-Saharan Africa indigenous integrated energy group, is the keynote speaker at this year's African Economic Forum at Columbia University. (photos: Columbia AEF)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Friday, March 7th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — The 2014 African Economic Forum (AEF) at Columbia University, which is scheduled for April 4th and 5th, will include nine panel discussions on current African economic affairs, including: healthcare, corporate responsibility and governance, mobile and internet revolution, capital markets, microfinance, media, education, energy and power in Africa.

The annual gathering brings together policy makers, entrepreneurs, scholars and students to engage each other in dialogue on various topics focused on economic development and business opportunities in Africa. This year’s theme is entitled  ”A Continent Ascends: Emerging Perspective from the Frontier” and organizers say the keynote speakers include Wale Tinubu, the Group Chief Executive of Oando PLC, Sub-Saharan Africa indigenous integrated energy group, and Professor Emmanuel Nnadozie, Executive Secretary of African Capacity Building Foundation.

If You Go:
Tickets to be released this week. For more information visit: www.columbiaaef.com.

Related:
Columbia University’s African Diplomatic Forum Explores New Frontier of Leadership

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Feedel Band at Silvana in Harlem March 7th

Feedel Band. (Courtesy photo)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Monday, March 3rd, 2014

New York (TADIAS) – The Washington DC-based Ethio-Jazz group Feedel Band will perform in New York City this coming weekend at Silvana in Harlem on Friday, March 7th with saxophonist Moges Habte who was featured on Ethiopiques CD series volume 13. Feedel Band is currently working with Producer Thomas Gobena who previously produced Debo Band’s self-titled debut album.

The event announcement noted: “Feedel Band’s sound can best be described as a merging of ’60s R&B and jazz with traditional Ethiopian songcraft. Feedel is by definition, the Amharic word for letter or alphabet. In all languages we learn to read one letter at a time, and from those letters we form words. Feedel Band is taking Ethiopian music and jazz, and blending it into a simmering stew of musical genre’s, textures and feeling. They are creating and in some cases re-creating the musical language of what has been called EthioJazz. The members of Feedel Band are acclaimed musicians in their own right. Individually, and as part of a larger group they’ve all performed with numerous well known musicians and artists. Since the bands inception, the reception that Feedel has received has been extraordinary. At FestAfrica 2011, the audience was enamored with their warm and engaging style. While their music is inspired by the sounds of legendary Ethiopian bands like Walias, Ibex and Roha Band. Feedel Band also composes and performs their own original music.”

If You Go:
Okayafrica Presents Feedel Band
Silvana’s in Harlem
Friday, March 7th, 2014 at Midnight
300 West 116th St
New York, NY 10026
www.brightestyoungthings.com

Related:
Rising Ethio-Jazz Singer Yeshi Demelash Prepares for U.S. Tour

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Rising Ethio-Jazz Singer Yeshi Demelash Prepares for U.S. Tour

(Photo: Cover image from Yeshi Demelash's album "Qene.")

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Wednesday February 26th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — Musician Yeshi Demelash has been called “arguably the most talented contemporary female Ethiopian jazz singer.” Yeshi, who was born in 1984 in Gojam, is a former Ethiopian Idol judge and a graduate of Addis Abeba University’s Yared School of Arts where she majored in flute and minored in piano. She established her reputation as an Ethio-jazz singer two years ago with the release of her debut album entitled Qene, an ode to Ethiopia’s ancient literary and oral traditions.

Now Yeshi’s voice has captured the attention of New York-based producer Bill Laswell — the person behind the records of Jano and Gigi — and he is currently remixing one of her songs entitled Fano. Yeshi plans to work on a new album with Laswell when she arrives here this Spring to begin her first American tour.

Organizers say Yeshi will perform at SOB’s in New York on April 26th accompanied by her band, also named ‘Qene.’ Stay tuned for updates.



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‘Difret’ to Premier in D.C. Area – March 15th

Lawyer Meaza Ashenafi & Difret Actress Meron Getnet at 2014 Berlin Film Festival. (Photograph: Berlinale)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) — The Ethiopian film ‘Difret,’ which won the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and the Panorama Audience Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, will premiere in Washington, D.C. area next month during the 10th annual New African Films Festival at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center.

According to organizers “This year’s festival — the biggest yet — showcases the vibrancy of African filmmaking from all corners of the continent.” Difret will be screened on March 15th in Silver Spring, Maryland — co-presented by AFI, TransAfrica and Afrikafé — followed by a Q&A session with filmmaker Zeresenay Mehari and producer Mehret Mandefro.

Based on a true story “first-time filmmaker Zeresenay Mehari has crafted a beautiful and important film, capturing Ethiopia in flux, grappling with traditions and looking towards the future,” the press release added. The character “Meaza [played by Meron Getnet] is an empowered lawyer who provides free legal-aid services to poor women and children in need. Her life changes forever when she takes on the case of Hirut, a 14-year-old girl charged with the murder of her abductor and would-be husband. Inspired by this young girl’s courage, Meaza embarks on a long, tenacious battle to save Hirut’s life.”

If You Go:
2014 New African Films Festival
‘Difret’ Premier: Sat. March 15th at 7:00 p.m.
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural center
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301.495.6700
www.afi.com



Related:
Tadias Interview with Zeresenay Mehari & Mehret Mandefro
‘Difret’ Wins Panorama at Berlin Film Festival
Ethiopian film confronts marriage by abduction (BBC)
‘Difret’ Wins World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award at Sundance Festival
Tadias Interview with Filmmaker Yidnekachew Shumete

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NYC St. Mary of Zion Ethiopian Orthodox Church to Host Black Tie Fundraiser

Poster courtesy: The New York St. Mary of Zion Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — This coming Saturday The New York St. Mary of Zion Ethiopian Orthodox Church will be hosting its first annual “Ethiopian Cultural Black Tie Fundraising Night.”

Organizers announced that “The primary goal of this event is to raise funds for the creation of a ‘Youth Community Room,’ which will be used for classes and social events.”

“The evening will include an art exhibit by Ezra Wube, a fashion show by Eyerusalem Dirma, music by Kuri Wolde from People to People, and will be hosted by the Voice of America’s Addisu Abebe. There will also be dinner, dessert, drinks and some surprises for our guests.”

If You Go:
Ethiopian Cultural Black Tie Fundraising Night
Host: The New York St. Mary of Zion Ethiopian Orthodox Church
February 22, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
630 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10016
(212) 686-0710
Entrance: $150
For more info: (973) 997 0142 or (631) 671 6090

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Aster Aweke’s NYC Show Postponed Due to Inclement Weather

(Photo: Massinko Entertainment)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Saturday, February 15th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — Tonight’s concert by Aster Aweke at Gramercy Theatre in New York has been postponed because of inclement weather, and organizers say they are rescheduling the event for a later date. “We regret to announce that due to bad weather we postponed Aster Aweke’s show in NYC,” the promoters said in a statement. “Pre-purchased tickets are fully refundable.”

Aster is currently on a U.S. tour promoting her 24th album entitled Ewedihalehu.

For more info call: 201.220.3442, 917.821.9213, or 917.664.4607.

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Ted Alemayehu Prepares for Pan-African Healthcare Conference

Ted Alemayehu, Founder and President of US Doctors for Africa. (Photograph courtesy USDFA)

Tadias Magazine
By Aida B. Solomon

Published: Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Los Angeles (TADIAS) — The California-based non-profit organization, US Doctors for Africa (USDFA), is gearing up to host its largest healthcare summit to date — The Pan-African Medical Doctors and Healthcare Conference — to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from May 21-23, 2014.

In an interview with Tadias Magazine, Ted Alemayehu, Founder and President of USDFA said that the gathering, the first of its kind, is intended to mobilize solutions to common concerns that healthcare professionals from across Africa share. “We have invited almost every medical association from the continent,” Alemayehu said, pointing out the conference will also include “a ministerial panel” in which the Ethiopian, South African, Ugandan, Zambian and Nigerian Ministers of Health will be participating. Invited dignitaries including the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, President Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, and Chairperson of the African Union Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma will also be in attendance.

The three-day conference will be held at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa headquarters in Addis Ababa. The theme of the conference, Alemayehu said, is “Africa’s healthcare challenges of the 21st century.” Some of the topics to be raised include healthcare infrastructure, investment opportunities, women’s health, and the controversial issue of “brain drain” in regards to African healthcare professionals.

“One of the main reasons why our African doctors are leaving the continent is because of economic reasons; so how do we deal with that?” Alemayehu asks. “One of the ideas that we’re going to introduce is the launch of a Pan-African Doctors Fund.” He added: “The fund would match a healthcare professional’s salary in their native country. For example, instead of an Ethiopian doctor making 5,000 birr per month, the fund would help him earn 12,000 birr a month, a difference that would help retain much-needed doctors in the country. The fund will also support the training of African doctors and provision of up-to-date technologies.”

Alemayehu said his team is “extremely excited” about the conference. Fourteen years ago Alemayhu launched USDFA after coming across a shocking statistic in the LA Times: “In some countries there is one doctor for every 100,000 people.”

“That’s what really got me,” Alemayhu says. With a professional background in hospitality management and consulting, Alemayhu decided to sponsor five doctors on a four-week mission to South Africa, Ethiopia, and Kenya. The American doctors were able to establish partnerships and perform operations, and came back to Los Angeles with “tons of stories to share.” A nationwide profile on the Tavis Smiley Show jumpstarted USDFA, and the rest, as Alemayehu says, “is history.”

Tadias Magazine first sat down with Ted Alemayehu in 2003 as the non-profit was gearing up to launch several high-profile partnerships to expand their mission of providing training and assistance to doctors working in African countries. In 2006, USDFA was approached by the Clinton Foundation in conjunction with the Clinton Health Access Initiative campaign to increase low-cost quality treatment to those afflicted with HIV/AIDS. In 2009, USDFA organized the first ever African First Lady’s Health Summit in Los Angeles with over 25 participating countries and 19 First Ladies flown in from across the continent.

In regards to the upcoming conference in Addis Ababa, Alemayhu says he expects NGOs, foundations, corporations, and mobile clinic manufacturers to also be in attendance.

You can learn more about the conference at panafricanhealthconference.org.

Related:
Tadias Interview: Dr. Enawgaw Mehari on Pan-African Health Conference in Ethiopia

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Ethiopian Heritage Society to Honor Menelik & Taytu at 118th Adwa Anniversary

Poster by Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America (EHSNA).

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) — The Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America (EHSNA) will host a celebration next month in Silver Spring, Maryland marking the 118th anniversary of the historic Battle of Adwa. The event, which is scheduled for Sunday March 2nd, 2014 at Silver Spring Civic Center, will highlight the leadership of Emperor Menelik and Empress Taitu in assuring Ethiopia’s independence from European colonization.

“One-hundred and eighteen years ago a well-organized army under the command of Emperor Menelik II and Empress Taytu decimated the Italian force that was seeking to colonize one of Africa’s most ancient nations – Ethiopia,” EHSNA stated in a press release. “As a leader ahead of his time, Emperor Menelik II was able to organize and structure an army within a short period of time to confront the Italians at Adwa. With his swift victory over the Italians, Menilik II solidified Ethiopia’s independence by putting Ethiopia among the very few states in the world that have never been colonized.”

Guest speakers include the executive of Maryland’s Montgomery County Isiah Leggett (Keynote), as well as historian Raymond Jonas, who teaches at University of Washington in Seattle; Dr. Fikre Tolossa, professor at Lincoln University in Oakland, California; and Dr. Benjamin Talton, an Assistant Professor of History at Temple University in Philadelphia.

EHSNA is a non-profit, charitable organization (501c) “that encourages young members of the Ethiopian diaspora, and their families and friends, to remember and celebrate Ethiopia’s cultural heritage, such as the significance of the Battle of Adwa.”

If You Go:
118th Adawa Anniversary
Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
Events Starts at 2:00 PM
Sliver Spring Civic center
1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Learn more at http://ehsna.org/

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Aster Aweke to Rock NYC: Valentines Day Weekend at Gramercy Theatre

(Photo: Massinko Entertainment)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Updated: Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — Aster Aweke’s upcoming concert in New York, originally set for February 7th at B.B. King Blues Club, has been postponed to Valentines Day weekend at Gramercy Theatre in Manhattan. Organizers say the postponement and venue change is due to a scheduling conflict at B.B. King. Tickets will still be available for advance purchase at all Ethiopian restaurants and Ticketmaster or at the door on the day of the event.

Aster, who has been entertaining audiences across the globe for more than three decades, will be accompanied by Ras Band during her show at Gramercy Theatre. The undisputed ‘Queen of Ethiopian Pop Music’ is currently on a tour promoting her 24th album entitled Ewedihalehu.

If You Go:
Aster Aweke to Rock NYC
Saturday, February 15th, 2014
Gramercy Theatre
127 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010
(212) 614-6932
Doors Open at 11pm
Entrance: $40
V.I.P sitting $ 50.00
Seating & Bottle Service Available
For more info call: 201.220.3442, 917.821.9213, or 917.664.4607
www.thegramercytheatre.com

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Photos: Meklit Hadero at Artisphere in DC

Meklit Hadero performing at Artisphere in Washington DC on January 18, 2014. (Courtesy Malik photo)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Washington D.C. (TADIAS) — California-based Singer/Songwriter Meklit Hadero was on an East coast tour this month making stops at Joe’s Pub in New York City and Artisphere in the Dome Theater in Washington D.C.

NPR has dubbed Meklit’s sound as “a unique blend of jazz, Ethiopia, the San Francisco art scene and visceral poetry; it paints pictures in your head as you listen.”

As the Examiner noted: “Her Ethiopian heritage is subtly woven into the fabric of each of her songs, influencing the unique character that makes her songs memorable. Meklit has been likened to a blend between Joni Mitchell and Nina Simone. Her music has been so popular that she has been interviewed by a variety of sources including NPR, PBS, and National Geographic. In 2009 she was named a TED Global Fellow and has served as an artist-in-residence at New York University, the De Young Museum, and the Red Poppy Art House. She maintains ties with her roots as the founder of the Arba Minch Collective, a group of Ethiopian artists in the Diaspora devoted to nurturing ties to their homeland through collaboration with both traditional and contemporary artists there. Meklit’s music is unique and familiar, all at once, inviting you to come to a place of relaxation and solitude whilst pushing the envelope of unique into the terrain of the familiar.”

Below are photographs from her D.C. show at the Artisphere courtesy of Malik photo.



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A Photo Journal Retracing the Last March of Emperor Tewodros to Magdala

Cover of the book Crossing Ethiopia: A 1972 Photographic Journal Retracing the Last March of Emperor Tewodros to Magdala. (Photo Courtesy: John Snyder)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Monday, January 20th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — Forty two years ago, John Snyder traveled with his wife to Ethiopia to retrace Emperor Tewodros’ final route to Magdala to face British troops numbering over 60,000.

“I had just finished reading Alan Moorehead’s ‘The Blue Nile’ and I was fascinated by Emperor Tewodros and his battle with the British,” John told Tadias. “I had traveled to Kenya and Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, and now my interest in Ethiopia was peaked.”

After contacting both the Ethiopian consulate and the office of Ethiopian Airlines to inquire about the feasibility of the route, John was connected to the late Professor Donald Crummey — who was teaching at Addis Ababa University at the time — and an Ethiopian translator. Arriving in Ethiopia John and his wife began the 300 mile expedition by bus, Land Rover, mule and foot, and John recorded his meetings with governors and civilians along the way and took extraordinary photographs, a selection of which are now published in his new book: Crossing Ethiopia.

Following the treacherous and unpaved route taken by Emperor Tewodros and his army John set out to see firsthand where Ethiopian and British “armies converged for a showdown at Magdala, a mountaintop fortress where a handful of European prisoners were residing in fetters at the mercy of the Emperor.” John noted in his introduction: “Costing $9 million in 1867 sterling, (translating to over $5 billion today) it was, and remains, history’s most expensive hostage rescue operation.”

The author will be giving a book talk in Manhattan at the New York Society Library on Tuesday, February 18th that is open to the public and in Chicago on Sunday, February 23rd, 2014.

If You Go:
Crossing Ethiopia: A 1972 Photographic Journal Retracing the Last March of Emperor Tewodros to Magdala
Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
6:30pm at Members’ Room $10 advance registration/ $15 at door
53 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10075
(212) 288-6900
More info at www.nysoclib.org
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Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
57th St. Books
1301 East 57th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

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Town of Runners to Screen at Georgetown University

(Photo courtesy townofrunners.com)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Friday, January 17th, 2014

Washington, DC – The Washington Running Club will host the screening of Town of Runners on January 30th at the Georgetown University Law Center. The event, including a discussion following the screening, will be moderated by Mahdere Paulos, a program officer for Freedom House, and includes a panel featuring GGRF Executive Director Kayla Nolan.

Town of Runners is a documentary about young runners from Bekoji – an Ethiopian highland town which has produced some of the world’s greatest distance athletes, including Tirunesh Dibaba, Kenenisa Bekele and Derartu Tulu.

Narrated by their friend Biruk, it follows their highs and lows over three years as they try to become professional athletes. Through their struggle, the film gives a unique insight into the ambitions of young Ethiopians living between tradition and the modern world.

If You Go:
When: Thursday, January 30, 2014 8pm – 10:30pm
Where: Georgetown University Law Center
McDonough Hall, Room 203
600 New Jersey Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20001 (map)
Closest Metro Station: Judiciary Square
Admission is free. But space is limited.
Learn more at www.washrun.org.

Video: Town of Runners Trailer

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NYC Screening of ‘Ethiopian Tenacity’

Left: The Obelisk of Axum in Ethiopia in 2009. Right: The Obelisk in Rome in 2002. (Photographs: CM)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Friday, January 17th, 2014

New York — The documentary Ethiopian Tenacity will be screened at Imagenation Raw Space in Harlem on Sunday, January 19th. The film focuses on the invasion of the city Wolwol during the second Italian invasion of Ethiopia in 1935.

“The Italians escalated the battle and were able to enter Addis Ababa on May 5, 1936, and occupied it until 1941. During the five year occupation of Ethiopia, Mussolini’s soldiers looted many artifacts and historical monuments from Ethiopia, one of which was the Aksum Obelisk,” states the event announcement. “The documentary shows the whole episode of the occupation, liberation, the return and re-erection of the obelisk in Axum.”

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Producer Ato Tadele Bitul Kibrat.

If You Go:
BINA Cultural Foundation
Imagenation Cinema & Ethio-Mixer USA
Present a Special Screening of Ethiopian Tenacity
Sunday, January 19th, 2014
Imagenation Raw Space at 7:00PM
Admission: FREE
2031 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
(7th Ave. Between 121st and 122nd)
http://imagenation.us/cinema-cafe/rawspace/

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Krar Collective to Perform with Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits in DC

Krar Collective and Oliver Mtukudzi & The Black Spirits (photos: Krar Collective Facebook and isthisafrica.com)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Thursday, January 16th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — The Ethiopian band Krar Collective will be performing with Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi in Washington DC tonight at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium.


If You Go
Krar Collective and Oliver Mtukudzi & The Black Spirits
Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University
Thursday, January 16th, 2014
730 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20052
(202) 994-6800

Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University

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Meklit Hadero Plays at Joe’s Pub, NYC

Meklit Hadero will be performing at Joe's Pub in NYC on Friday, January 10th, 2014 (Photo Courtesy: meklithadero.com)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Friday, January 10th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — Singer/Songwriter Meklit Hadero will be performing at Joe’s Pub in New York City tonight as well as at Winter Jazz Fest on Saturday, January 11th.

NPR has dubbed Meklit’s sound as “a unique blend of jazz, Ethiopia, the San Francisco art scene and visceral poetry; it paints pictures in your head as you listen.” And Daniel King of the San Francisco Chronicle has called Meklit “an artistic giant.”


If You Go
Meklit Hadero at Joe’s Pub
Friday, January 10th, 2014
425 Lafayette Street
New York City, NY, 10003
(212) 539-8778

www.joespub.com

Watch: “Quick Hits” Highlight of Meklit Hadero’s “Leaving Soon” (PBS/Sound Tracks)

Watch Meklit Hadero Performs “Leaving Soon” on PBS. See more from Sound Tracks.

Watch: “Quick Hits” Interview with Meklit Hadero on PBS (Sound Tracks)

Watch “Quick Hits” Interview with Meklit Hadero on PBS. See more from Sound Tracks.

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Hailu Mergia & Feedel Band at Drom NYC

Hailu Mergia and Feedel Band will perform at Drom NYC on Saturday, January 11th, 2014. (Photos: Washington Post and Feedel Band)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Thursday, January 9th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — The legendary Ethiopian keyboard player Hailu Mergia and the Washington DC-based Ethio-Jazz group Feedel Band will make an appearance at Drom in New York City this weekend as part of a musical showcase sponsored by the record labels Electric Cowbell and Barbes.

Hailu, who spends six days a week driving a cab to and from Dulles Airport in DC, emerged from obscurity this month hitting the performance stage for the first time since 1991. “Little of his customers are probably aware of the fact that the cabbie once was Ethiopia’s most popular keyboard player and band leader of the legendary Walias Band (which featured Mulatu Astatke, among pillars of the Addis scene),” Drom noted in its announcement. “The Walias Band’s much sought-after LP Teche Belew goes for thousands of dollars on EBAY (if it can be found there at all) and features the original version of the monstrous Muziqawi – arguably the best known Ethiopian tune worldwide.”

Feedel Band will also be playing at Silvana in Harlem on Friday, January 10th with saxophonist Moges Habte who was featured on the Ethiopiques Volume 13 album. Feedel Band is currently working with Producer Thomas Gobena who previously produced Debo Band’s self-titled debut album.

“Since our inception as a cohesive unit we’ve performed in numerous venues, for very diverse audiences,” Feedel Band said in a press release. “Our most recent collaboration was with Aster Aweke as her band, on her current Ewedihalehu U.S. tour. Our journey now brings us to New York City; hope you can join us for an evening of music and fun.”

At Drom on Saturday, Feedel Band starts at 10:15pm, while Hailu Mergia takes the stage at 11:00pm accompanied by a new band featuring multi-instrumentalist and producer Nikhil P. Yerawadekar of Low Mentality and Antibalas.

If You Go
Hailu Mergia & Feedel Band at Drom NYC
Saturday, January 11th, 2014
85 Ave A (b/w 5th & 6th)
New York City, 10009
(212) 777-1157
www.dromnyc.com

Video: Hailu Mergia Takes Off


Aster Aweke to Perform at B.B. King in NYC
Apollo Theater Features Wayna at Music Café January 11th, 2014
Hailu Mergia Performs in Brooklyn

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Aster Aweke to Perform at B.B. King in NYC

Aster Awake will appear live at B.B. King on Friday, February 7th, 2014. (Photo: Massinko Entertainment)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Updated: Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — Queen of Ethiopian pop music, Aster Aweke, will perform live at the legendary B.B. King Blues Club in New York next month. Aster will become the second Ethiopian musician ever to grace the world-famous stage following the superstar Teddy Afro’s memorable “Tikur Sew World Tour” concert last year at the acclaimed Manhattan venue. Organizers say Ras Band will accompany Aster during her show, which is scheduled for February 7th.

B.B. King notes that “for more than 30 years, singer/songwriter Aster Aweke has been entertaining audiences across the globe. Her songs have become anthems to her fans in Ethiopia, as well as to Ethiopians living abroad, and she continues to win the hearts and minds of world music lovers. Ewedihalehu (I Love You), her 24th album, was produced with her longtime arranger, Abegasu Kibrework Shiota, and also features the work of exciting new music producers, Henock Negash, and [Kamuzu]. This electrifying album is sure to delight long-time and new fans alike.”

If You Go:
Aster Aweke & Ras Band Live at B.B. King
February 7, 2014
Showtime @ 12:00AM, Doors Open @ 11:30PM
Tickets $35.00 in advance, $40.00 day of show
VIP Reserved Booths: $50 per Ticket – Must Buy Entire Booth
Full Dinner Menu Available, $10 Minimum Per Person
Click here to Get Tickets
More info at www.bbkingblues.com.

Video: Aster Aweke Featured in Yegna Girls Music Tribute to Taitu (2014)


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Tikur Sew World Tour: Teddy Afro Performs at B.B. King in New York

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Apollo Features Wayna at Music Café

(Courtesy photo)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — Apollo Theater features Wayna at the Apollo Music Café this Saturday, January 11th.: “It has been said that Grammy-nominated, Ethiopian-born, singer/songwriter, Wayna, has a voice as pure as it is passionate. Stevie Wonder says ‘she’s incredible,’ while Essence Magazine says ‘Wayna is one to watch.’ Her new sound, both progressive and retro, appeals to world, rock, reggae, and soul enthusiasts.”

Apollo Music Café highlights “music genres from the Apollo’s heritage – R&B. hip hop, soul, jazz, pop, funk, and rock – transformed by forward-looking, multi-generational artists from the independent music scene.”

Food and drinks available for purchase one hour before showtime. Seating is limited so reserve in advance.

If You Go:
Wayna Live at the Apollo Music Cafe
Featuring DJ Hard Hitting Harry
Saturday, January 11th, 2014 at 10PM
Tickets: $20, *A-List advance price $15 until midnight the day before performance
In person at the Apollo Theater Box Office
By phone call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000
Online at Ticketmaster.com.

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Aster Aweke to Perform at B.B. King Blues Club

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Queen Of Sheba NYC Presents New Year’s Eve 2014: Live Performance by Yared Yifru

(Image courtesy Queen of Sheba NYC)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Sunday, December 29th, 2013

New York (TADIAS) — Ring in the New Year at Queen of Sheba Ethiopian restaurant in New York with live music, food and a midnight champagne toast! Entertainment features singer Yared Yifru and Behailu Legesse on keyboard.

If You Go:
Queen Of Sheba nyc Presents New Years Eve 2014
With Live Performance By Yared Yifru
Tuesday December 31st 2013
650 10th ave New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212.397.0610
www.shebanyc.com

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Tadias Magazine Roundtable Discussion at National Press Club

Jomo Tariku presents at Tadias Roundtable at The National Press Club, Saturday, December 14th, 2013. (Photo: Matt Andrea)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) — Tadias Magazine hosted a roundtable discussion on Ethiopian migrants in the Middle East at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on Saturday, December 14th.

The roundtable discussion presented a panel of scholars, legal experts and civic society leaders from the Ethiopian and Middle Eastern communities who informed the audience about the status of Ethiopian migrant workers in gulf states using data and research to promote a continued dialogue on short and long-term solutions. A Q&A session followed panelist presentations.

Panelists included Jomo Tariku, developer of a crowdmapping website on domestic help abuse in the Middle East; scholar Khaled Beydoun who focused on international anti-trafficking protocols and the legal issues facing Ethiopian migrants working in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and various gulf states; Dr. Maigenet Shifferaw, President of the Center for the Rights of Ethiopian Women (CREW) in Washington, DC; Kumera Genet, Huffington Post contributor who has written extensively on the status of Ethiopian migrants in the Middle East; Dawit Wolde Giorgis, Research Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, D.C.; and Rima Kalush, Editor and Head Researcher for Bahrain-based Migrant-Rights.org.

Several media organizations attended the event including Deutsche Welle German Amharic radio program, Voice of America, EBS, and ESAT. We also extend our thanks to Ethiomedia.com who helped publicize the event.

Below is a video trailer and slideshow of the roundtable discussion.

Video: Tadias Roundtable on Ethiopian Migrants in the Middle East at National Press Club

Photos by Matt Andrea:

The following are tweets from the audience:

PANELIST BIOS

Jomo Tariku developed a crowdmapping site that documents domestic help abuse in the Middle East. Jomo is a voracious reader of current events around the world, a tinkerer of web technologies and a volunteer for various causes. He is also in the process of documenting Ethiopian (TimeLineEthiopia.com) and soon African stories using freely available data and data visualization tools. Jomo was born to Ethiopian parents in Kenya in 1968. He was named after Jomo Kenyatta, founder of the Kenyan nation. Jomo completed his higher education in Industrial Design (BFA) at the University of Kansas. After almost 10 years of operating a design studio in Washington, DC, Jomo joined The World Bank as a Publishing Officer/Designer in 2011. In his spare time he is an advocate of peaceful means of solving difficult problems. Jomo is married with two sons and lives in Springfield, VA.

Khaled A. Beydoun’s insight on domestic and international legal matters has been featured on television and radio, including CNN, NPR, MSNBC, Al-­Jazeera, Voice America, and the Washington Post. Professor Beydoun’s scholarship focuses on immigration law, criminal law, critical race theory, and legal history. His research interests focus on the intersection of race and religion in criminal and immigration law. Professor Beydoun earned his J.D. from UCLA School of Law, and holds a B.A., with distinction, from the University of Michigan. In addition, he earned an LL.M. with an emphasis on Islamic Law from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Before joining UCLA School of Law as a Critical Race Studies Fellow, Professor Beydoun practiced in the areas of criminal law and civil rights advocacy. He served as an Appellate Defense attorney for the State Appellate Defender of Michigan, and served as a Racial Justice Fellow with the ACLU of Michigan. In addition, Professor Beydoun also served as the Middle East & North Africa Legal Analyst for the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative in Washington, D.C. Professor Beydoun’s work has been featured in the Berkeley Journal of International Law, the Michigan Journal of Race and Law, the Journal of Islamic Law and Culture, and his forthcoming work will be featured in the NYU Survey of American Law.

Maigenet Shifferraw is currently the president of the Center for the Rights of Ethiopian Women (CREW) in Washington, DC. Dr. Maigenet earned her Ph.D. in education from the University of Wisconsin­, Milwaukee in 1982. She was an Associate Professor in adult education at the Department of Education at the University of the District of Columbia for twenty years. She has served as a consultant in education at the World Bank, the US Department of Education and other institutions. She has been a women’s rights advocate for the last thirty five years.

Kumera Genet blogs about African migrant issues for the Huffington Post and has built relationships with Lebanese and Arab American activists who support legal, economic, and cultural change in the Middle East to respect migrant workers. Kumera is originally from Austin, Texas, and has been living and working in the DC area for the past 6 years. He has worked in various youth serving organizations and non-­profits focusing on job readiness training, immigrant rights, parental engagement in education and community organizing.

Dawit Wolde Giorgis represents the newly formed global alliance on the issue of Ethiopian migrants in the Middle East. He is a Research Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, D.C.

Rima Kalush is the current editor and head researcher of Migrant-rights.org, a platform dedicated to advancing migrants’ rights throughout the Middle East. She has several years of research experience in diverse fields, ranging from North African history to California politics. Her pieces have been republished by digital journals including Jadaliyya, and her research has been referenced by institutions such as Gender Across Borders and the Institute for Global Labour Rights.


Roundtable Discussion on Ethiopian Migrants in the Middle East
National Press Club
Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)
529 14th Street Northwest, Murrow Conference Room
Washington, DC 20045

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Addis and DC Sign Sister City Agreement

DC Mayor Vincent Gray and Addis Ababa Mayor Diriba Kuma toasting the signing of a Sister City Agreement between their respective cities on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013. (Photo by Matt Andrea)

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Events News

Published: Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) — Mayor Vincent Gray and Addis Ababa mayor Diriba Kuma signed a Sister City Agreement on Wednesday evening (December 11th) laying the groundwork for a closer relationship between residents of the two cities. In a press release the DC Mayor’s office stated that the agreement will be in force for a period of five years focusing on mutual interests including economic development, information exchange, cultural education and youth engagement.

“Inspired by the District’s vibrant Ethiopian diaspora and by the similarities shared by our two capital cities, I am proud today to call Addis Ababa the District’s newest Sister City,” Mayor Gray said. ” I am deeply grateful to the members of the Ethiopian community for their contributions to the District and view this signing ceremony and the partnering of our two cities as an opportunity for the residents of these two great capital cities to enrich each other culturally, educationally, economically and in quality of life.”

The Mayor added: “With such a large Ethiopian community right here in the District, the signing of this Sister City Agreement presents an unprecedented opportunity for the District and Addis Ababa to work and grow together, and I am very excited about the prospects of our bright future. These important agreements help to foster the international ties that strengthen civil society and goodwill between nations. I look forward to our fruitful collaboration and thank Mayor Kuma for visiting our great city for this truly special occasion.”

Addis Ababa is Washington, D.C.’s fourteenth sister city including Bangkok, Thailand; Dakar, Senegal; Beijing, China; Brussels, Belgium; Athens, Greece; Paris, France; Pretoria, South Africa; Seoul, South Korea; Accra, Ghana; Sunderland, U.K.; Rome, Italy; Ankara, Turkey; and Brasília, Brazil.

Belwo are photos. Stay tuned for video coverage of the event.



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Tadias Roundtable on Ethiopian Migrants in the Middle East at National Press Club

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Updated: Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) — Tadias Magazine will be hosting a roundtable discussion on Ethiopian migrants in the Middle East at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. today (December 14th) from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

This roundtable discussion brings together panelists and experts on the status of Ethiopian workers in the Middle East and include discussion of long-­term solutions to alleviate the plight of migrants in gulf states and enhance their safety and human rights. Primarily this roundtable aims to serve in two ways: to inform the public about the status of Ethiopian migrant workers in the Middle East using data and research collected by individuals and human rights agencies, and to re-­channel the energy around this subject into a more fruitful dialogue on long-­term solutions.

SCHEDULE
3:10pm – Welcome Remarks
3:20pm -­‐ Panelist Presentations
4:30pm – Q&A

5pm – Closing Remarks

ROUNDTABLE PANELIST BIOS

PANELIST BIOS

Jomo Tariku was born to Ethiopian parents in Kenya in 1968. He was named after Jomo Kenyatta, founder of the Kenyan nation. Jomo completed his higher education in Industrial Design (BFA) at the University of Kansas. After almost 10 years of operating a design studio in Washington, DC, Jomo joined The World Bank as a Publishing Officer/Designer in 2011. In his spare time he is an advocate of peaceful means of solving difficult problems. He developed a crowdmapping site that documents domestic help abuse in the Middle East. Jomo is a voracious reader of current events around the world, a tinkerer of web technologies and a volunteer for various causes. He is also in the process of documenting Ethiopian (TimeLineEthiopia.com) and soon African stories using freely available data and data visualization tools. Jomo is married with two sons and lives in Springfield, VA.

Khaled A. Beydoun’s scholarship focuses on immigration law, criminal law, critical race theory, and legal history. His research interests focus on the intersection of race and religion in criminal and immigration law. Professor Beydoun earned his J.D. from UCLA School of Law, and holds a B.A., with distinction, from the University of Michigan. In addition, he earned an LL.M. with an emphasis on Islamic Law from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Before joining UCLA School of Law as a Critical Race Studies Fellow, Professor Beydoun practiced in the areas of criminal law and civil rights advocacy. He served as an Appellate Defense attorney for the State Appellate Defender of Michigan, and served as a Racial Justice Fellow with the ACLU of Michigan. In addition, Professor Beydoun also served as the Middle East & North Africa Legal Analyst for the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative in Washington, D.C. Professor Beydoun’s work has been featured in the Berkeley Journal of International Law, the Michigan Journal of Race and Law, the Journal of Islamic Law and Culture, and his forthcoming work will be featured in the NYU Survey of American Law. His insight on domestic and international legal matters has been featured on television and radio, including CNN, NPR, MSNBC, Al-­Jazeera, Voice America, and the Washington Post.

Maigenet Shifferraw earned her Ph.D. in education from the University of Wisconsin­Milwaukee in 1982. She was an Associate Professor in adult education at the Department of Education at the University of the District of Columbia for twenty years. She has served as a consultant in education at the World Bank, the US Department of Education and other institutions. She has been a women’s rights advocate for the last thirty five years. She is currently the president of the Center for the Rights of Ethiopian Women (CREW) in Washington, DC.

Kumera Genet is originally from Austin, Texas, and has been living and working in the DC area for the past 6 years. He has worked in various youth serving organizations and non-­profits focusing on job readiness training, immigrant rights, parental engagement in education and community organizing. He blogs about African migrant issues for the Huffington Post and has built relationships with Lebanese and Arab American activists who support legal, economic, and cultural change in the Middle East to respect migrant workers.

Dawit Wolde Giorgis is a Research Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, D.C. and also represents the newly formed global alliance on the issue of Ethiopian migrants in the Middle East.

Rima Kalush is the current editor and head researcher of Migrant-rights.org, a platform dedicated to advancing migrants’ rights throughout the Middle East. She has several years of research experience in diverse fields, ranging from North African history to California politics. Hder pieces have been republished by digital journals including Jadaliyya, and her research has been referenced by institutions such as Gender Across Borders and the Institute for Global Labour Rights.


IF You Go:
Roundtable Discussion on Ethiopian Migrants in the Middle East
Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)
529 14th Street Northwest, Murrow Conference Room
Washington, DC 20045
RSVP is required.

With Thanks to our Generous Sponsors:
PLATINUM SPONSOR: Mesfin Addi
GOLD SPONSOR: U Street Parking
SILVER SPONSOR: Ted Alemayhu

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The 2013 DC to Africa Business Symposium

DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the Mayor's Office on African Affairs (OAA) Director Ngozi Nmezi at the Second Annual DC to Africa Business Symposium on November 25, 2013. (Photo credit: Lateef Mangum)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) — Mayor Vincent C. Gray and his Office on African Affairs hosted The 2nd Annual DC to Africa Business Symposium on Monday, November 25th, 2013. The all-day event was held at the Mayor’s Citywide Conference Center at One Judiciary Square, and was attended by over 300 local business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs as well as more than 20 business resource providers from District, federal and nonprofit agencies.

The symposium was designed to promote emerging opportunities in U.S.-Africa trade and was coordinated in partnership with the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), the US Department of Commerce, and the Office of Community Affairs.

“By connecting our aspiring and existing businesses to resources and opportunities, we diversify our economy and build resilience and sustainability,” the Mayor said in his welcoming remarks. “Our 1776 Incubator Program, DSLBD’s Export DC Program, our Great Streets Capital Improvement Program, and our new Innovation Hub for Entrepreneurs at St. Elizabeth are just a few examples of the kinds of business development programs we are implementing to nurture entrepreneurship and innovation.”

Acting U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Patrick Gallagher noted: “Sub-Saharan Africa has six of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world, which makes Africa poised to be the world’s next great economic success story. That is why the Commerce Department launched the Doing Business in Africa Campaign last year — to help American businesses take advantage of that growth and increase exports, which support millions of U.S. jobs.”

The 2nd Annual DC to Africa symposium also included breakout sessions tailored to the distinct needs of startups and established businesses provided resources on licensing, counseling services, access to capital, contracting and procurement, international trade financing, export incentives, and country-specific investment opportunities in Africa.

In her speech OAA Director Ngozi Nmezi added: “We’re here to encourage and equip the District’s African diaspora community to invest in and trade with their countries of origin in Africa by building sustainable enterprises that can simultaneously stimulate the U.S. economy.”

Below are photos courtesy of the Mayor’s photographer Lateef Mangum:



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DC & Addis to Become Sister Cities

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Candlelight Vigil To Remember Migrants Still Stranded in Saudi Arabia

International Organization for Migration (IOM) is assisting Ethiopia to manage the influx of vulnerable migrants returning from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (Photo: International Organization for Migration)

Tadias Magazine
News Update

Published: Friday, December 06, 2013

New York (TADIAS) — A candlelight vigil is being organized in New York to keep the spotlight on Ethiopian migrants who remain stranded in Saudi Arabia, and to remember those who died last month following the country’s violent immigration crackdown. The Ethiopian Foreign Ministry announced Thursday that the arrivals from Saudi reached 100,620 this week, while acknowledging that the final number of returnees could surpass 150,000. “All citizens that were detained in Riyadh deportation camps are back,” Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom stated in a press release. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) “51,000 migrants are still expected to arrive in Addis Ababa in an exercise that the government estimates will be completed by 15 December.”

“The struggle for many Ethiopians is still not over, some are waiting to get transportation back to Ethiopia and are begging for help,” noted a statement from the Ethiopian Social Assistance Committee, one of the groups coordinating the New York gathering.

Meanwhile, New Business Ethiopia reports that IOM has also launched a fundraising campaign for USD 13.1 million to support those arriving from Saudi Arabia, noting that “The appeal was made on December 4th, 2013 to different UN organizations, Ambassadors and diplomats in Ethiopia. The projected number of 80,000 returnees indicated by the Government of Ethiopia last week has been surpassed and 96,003 migrants have arrived in Addis Ababa as of 4 December 2013.”
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Related:
Candlelight Vigil in New York for Ethiopian Victims in Saudi Arabia (ESAC)
Ethiopia: Red Cross Supports Returnees From Saudi Arabia (IFRC)
IOM assists Ethiopia to manage influx of vulnerable migrants returning from Saudi (IOM)
Human Rights Watch on Saudi Arabia Migrant Crackdown (HRW)
Beyond Outrage: How the Diaspora Can Support Migrant Worker Rights (Huffington Post)
NYC Ethiopians Make Presence Felt at the Saudi Mission to the United Nations (TADIAS)

Sioux Falls, South Dakota: Ethiopians Protest Killings In Saudi Arabia (KDLT News)
Ethiopians demonstrate outside Saudi embassy in London (BBC News)
Canada: Ethiopian community protests working conditions in Saudi Arabia (CTV News)
The Ethiopian Migrant Crisis in Saudi Arabia: Taking Accountability (TADIAS)
Tadias Interview With Rima Kalush: Migrant-Rights Org Seeks Long Term Solutions
Ethiopians Continue Peaceful Protests Against Migrant Abuse in Saudi Arabia (TADIAS)
Photos: Ethiopians Hold Protest Outside Saudi Embassy in Washington, D.C. (TADIAS)
Ethiopians: #SomeoneTellSaudiArabia to Stop Crackdown (Global Voices)
First group of Ethiopians from Saudi arrive in Addis (ERTA)
23,000 Ethiopians ‘Surrender’ in Saudi After Clamp Down (BBC)
Three Ethiopians Killed in Saudi Arabia Visa Crackdown (AFP)
Ethiopian Domestic Help Abuse Headlines From the Middle East (TADIAS)
Changing Ethiopia’s Media Image: The Case of People-Trafficking (TADIAS)
Video: Ethiopian migrants tell of torture and rape in Yemen (BBC)
Video: Inside Yemen’s ‘torture camps’ (BBC News)
BBC Uncovers Untold People-Trafficking, Torture of Ethiopians in Yemen (TADIAS)
Meskerem Assefa Advocates for Ethiopian Women in the Middle East (TADIAS)
In Memory of Alem Dechassa: Reporting & Mapping Domestic Migrant Worker Abuse
Photos: Vigil for Alem Dechassa Outside Lebanon Embassy in D.C.
The Plight of Ethiopian Women in the Middle East: Q & A With Rahel Zegeye

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DC & Addis to Become Sister Cities

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) — Washington, D.C. and Addis Ababa will become sister cities this month when leaders from the two cities formalize Protocols of Friendship. The Sister City Agreement signing ceremony is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, December 11th at the John A. Wilson Building in Washington, D.C. Officials say the initiative will pave the way for various joint projects between the two municipalities in areas of mutual interest including economic development, information exchange, cultural education and youth engagement.

“I’m proud to announce that our city and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia have agreed to enter into a sister city agreement,” Mayor Vincent Gray told an enthusiastic crowd in November during his appearance at the Debre Selam Kidist Mariam Ethiopian Orthodox Church in D.C., where he first made the proposal public. “This agreement is inspired by the large and vibrant Ethiopian diaspora here in the District and by Ethiopia’s emergence as one of the fastest growing economies in Africa.”

The accord makes the Ethiopian capital the fourteenth sister city of Washington, D.C. The District of Columbia has similar arrangements with Bangkok, Thailand (since 1962); Dakar, Senegal (since 1980); Beijing, China (since 1984); Brussels, Belgium (since 1985); Tshwane, South Africa (since 2002); Paris, France (since 2000); Athens, Greece (since 2000); Seoul, Korea (since 2006); Accra, Ghana (since 2006); and Sunderland, United Kingdom – George Washington’s Ancestral Home (since 2006); Rome, Italy (since 2011); Ankara, Turkey (since 2011); Brasilia, Brazil (since 2013). According to Sister Cities International (SCI), the national membership organization for sister city programs in the U.S., sister city affiliations between the United States and other nations began shortly after World War II and developed into a national initiative when President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed the people-to-people program at a White House Conference in 1956.

During his remarks at DSK Mariam Ethiopian Orthodox Church last month, Mayor Gray encouraged the Ethiopian community to attend the signing ceremony.

If You Go:
Signing of the Sister City Agreement between Addis Ababa and Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Ceremony starts at 6:00 P.M. (Seating Begins at 5:30 P.M.)
Reception to Follow at The John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Mayor’s Press Room, G9
Washington, District of Columbia 20004
RSVP REQUIRED: No-Later-Than Monday, December 9, 2013
More info at: http://addisababa-dc-sistercitysigningceremony.eventbrite.com

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Two Ethiopian Films Featured at NYC African Diaspora Film Festival — Sunday, Dec 8th

(Photo: Nishan, Directed by Yidnekachew Shumete is one of two Ethiopian films featured at NYADIFF 2013)

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Updated: Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

New York (TADIAS) — Two new Ethiopian films, Nishan and Youth of Shasha, will be screened at this years’s New York African Diaspora International Film Festival (NYADIFF). Both films are scheduled to be featured on December 8th at Teachers College, Columbia University at Cowin Center. Organizers say that a Q&A session and reception will follow the screenings.

In Nishan, a young woman travels from Ethiopia in search of fortune abroad, but is “entangled in a web of deceit and danger” as she strives to succeed.

Youth of Shasha, directed by Emanuele Cicconi, is a documentary about young musicians in Shashemene, Ethiopia who take part in a larger project “to establish the first music school and recording studio in Shashamane.”

If You Go:
ADIFF CENTERPIECE: NISHAN & YOUTHS OF SHASHA
Teachers College, Columbia University – Cowin Center
525 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10025
Click here to buy tickets.

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7th Annual Artists for Charity Holiday Art Auction

Photo from last year's Artists for Charity annual holiday benefit event in D.C. (Photograph: Courtesy AFC)

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Published: Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Washington, DC (TADIAS) — The 7th Annual Artists for Charity (AFC) Holiday Benefit is scheduled for Saturday, December 7th at the DC Architecture Center. The yearly event helps raise funds for AFC’s group home in Addis Ababa that houses children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. The D.C.-based Ethiopian-American organization has been on the forefront of efforts that have seen vast improvements in awareness and education. The AFC Children’s Home serves as a residence for young people who have lost both their parents and was one of the first few places to accept children living with HIV in Ethiopia.

“Today, AFC is proud to have sent two children to college,” the organization said in a press release. The home provides food, shelter, medical care, school fees and supplies for the children in addition to an Artist-in-Residency program, which allows qualified volunteers to spend up to a year in Ethiopia while sharing their creative talents with AFC children.

“Less than a decade ago having HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia meant a life of stigma and no chance of achieving your dream,” the press release highlighted. “Today we have seen vast improvements in medicine, education on HIV/AIDS and organizations dedicated to the cause. AFC is one of those that is making a momentous impact on the lives of countless orphaned children who live with HIV/AIDS.”

IF You Go:
AFC’s 7th Annual Holiday Benefit & Art Auction
Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 7:00 PM
DC Architecture Center
421 7th St. NW Washington, DC 20004
Tickets $45 in Advance, $50 at the door
To donate artwork for the event please contact Hanna Tadesse at hanna@artistsforcharity.org.
Interested volunteers please contact Anne Batchelder at anne@artistsforcharity.org.
For media inquiries please contact Bethel Tsegaye at bethel@artistsforcharity.org.
www.artistsforcharity.org.

Related:
Photos: The 6th Annual Artists for Charity Holiday Benefit

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The People’s United Nations Exhibition at Queens Museum

Tigist Selam represented Ethiopia at The People's United Nations (pUN) performance art exhibition at the Queens Museum in New York on Saturday, November 23rd, 2013. (Courtesy photograph)

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Published: Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

New York (TADIAS) — New York is by far the most diverse city in the world and nowhere is it more apparent than the borough of Queens where nearly 50 percent of the population is foreign-born and over 138 different languages are spoken. Organizers of the The People’s United Nations (pUN), a performance art exhibition held at the Queens Museum this past weekend, did not have to look far to find New Yorkers to represent each nation of the world and to debate world issues that politicians and diplomacy have failed to solve — from poverty to gender inequality, hunger, the environment and gun control. The idea is the brainchild of Mexican artist Pedro Reyes who staged the exhibition in the former building that housed the United Nations General Assembly from 1946-1950.

“One of the main differences between the pUN and the UN is that delegates at the UN represent their government,” Reyes told the Huffington Post. “And governments have an agenda which is first, their national interest; second, the interest of the their people; and third, the interest of the planet. In pUN, I think that the delegates are not concerned with representing their governments — they represent their nation-states, their people. It’s not the usual agenda. So they can take a stand with having a more global perspective.”

Reyes added: “But I don’t think pUN is in itself a critique of the UN. It’s more about the idea of making a crash course on conflict resolution. It’s like a tool kit. And the hope is that those who attend the summit learn techniques and learn about issues that affect us all. It’s a very intensive educational experience, but it’s also fun, no?”

The exhibition will be on view until March 30, 2014.



Related:
Interview with artist Pedro Reyes (The Huffington Post)
A Local Place for a Global Neighborhood (The New York Times)

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Columbia University’s African Diplomatic Forum Explores New Frontier of Leadership

The 2013 African Diplomatic Forum at Columbia University, Friday November 22nd, 2013. (Tadias photo)

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Updated: Monday, November 25th, 2013

New York (TADIAS) – As Africa grapples to adopt to the rapidly changing global media environment, transparency and a paradigm shift in public leadership, the impact of new media on society and good governance in Africa was one of the topics highlighted at the 7th Annual African Diplomatic Forum (ADF) on Friday at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Tadias Magazine was a media sponsor of this year’s conference, which was themed ‘The New Frontier of African Leadership.’

“New media and technology are changing the way millions of Africans communicate and connect with one another on a slew of social and economic issues,” the ADF 2013 press release noted.

Keynote speakers this year included George Ayittey, Founder and President of Free Africa Foundation and Author of Africa Unchained: The Blueprint for Development as well as Colin Coleman, Head of Investment Banking, Sub-Saharan Africa at Goldman Sachs.

The forum featured panel discussions on fostering investment in African infrastructure, the role of the press on society and good governance, human rights law and building African capacities for justice, and women as catalysts of change in the African development story.

Tseliso Thipanyane, Former CEO of the South African Human Rights Commission and current Lecturer at Columbia University Law School addressed the issue of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s recent indictment by the International Criminal Court and the Kenyan Parliament’s subsequent vote to withdraw from the ICC. “What does it mean for the fight against impunity in Africa? What does it mean for the rule of law and African countries themselves upholding their own constitution and addressing issues of crimes against humanity?” Thipanyane asked the audience. “For me, I think it is completely unacceptable for African leaders to say that no sitting heads of state should be tried in an international criminal court. That is nonsense.” Thipanyane added. “I mean in my country we don’t have that. No one is above the law. And secondly that’s what we all signed up for and agreed to when we ratified the Rome Statute. We will not have impunity for heads of state.”

Thipanyane, further pointed out that although Kenya’s constitution does provide immunity from prosecution for the president of Kenya in his country, he noted that “however, the very same constitution says that he can be prosecuted internationally.” In order for the Kenyans to abide by their constitution they pulled out from the ICC and claimed ‘Okay now we are not party to any international treaty.’ Thipanyane asserted that granting impunity to heads of state from being indicted by the ICC will only encourage leaders to hold on to their power for life and strongly condemned making such exemptions.

The gathering concluded with a networking session for attendees. Below is a video excerpt and photos from the event as well as a description of the various panels.

ADF 2013 PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Panel 1: Bridging the Gap: Fostering Investment in African Infrastructure
Moderator: Akbar Noman, Senior Fellow, Initiative for Policy Dialogue; and Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
H.E. Mr. Mahmoud Thiam, Founding Partner and CEO, Thiam & Co; and Former Minister of Mining, Energy and Hydraulics, Republic of Guinea
Joel Moser, Partner and Head, Energy & Infrastructure Group of Kaye Scholer LLP; and Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
Mark Rosenberg, Senior Analyst for Africa, The Eurasia Group
Jamal Saghir, Director, Sustainable Development Department, Africa Region, World Bank

Panel 2: New Media, New Voices: The Impact of New Media on Society and Good Governance
Moderator: Anya Schiffrin, Director, Journalism Training Programs, Initiative for Policy Dialogue; and Director, International Media, Advocacy, and Communications Specialization, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
Emmanuel K. Dogbevi, Founder and Managing Online Director, www.ghanabusinessnews.com
Karen Attiah, Freelance Journalist, Blogger, and Consultant, World Bank (SIPA Graduate, 2012)
Dayo Olopade, Journalist and Writer, The New Republic, Slate, Dailybeast; and Knight Law and Media Scholar, Yale University
Erika Rodigues, Social Marketing and Branding Specialist, Ulula.com

Panel 3: Human Rights, Law, and Building African Capacities for Justice
Mahmood Mamdani, Director, Makerere Institute of Social Research, Makerere University, Uganda; and Herbert Lehman Professor of Government, and Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University
Tseliso Thipanyane, Adjunct Lecturer, Columbia University Law School; and Former CEO of the South African Human Rights Commission

Panel 4: Women as Catalysts of Change in the African Development Story
Moderator: Sara Minard, Socio-economist and Lecturer-in-Discipline of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
Farai Gundan, Co-founder, FaraiMedia.com and Contributor, Forbes USA, Forbes Africa, Forbes Women Africa, Forbes Life Africa
Mpule K. Kwelagobe, Managing Director, Pula Agriculture Fund; Founder, MPULE Institute for Endogenous Development; and President of Botswana-based MPULE Foundation
Katie Meyler, Founder, More than Me (MTM) – MTM gets girls off the street and off to school in one of the poorest slums in Liberia.
Macintosh Johnson, Program Coordinator, More than Me, Liberia
H.E Dr. Hadja Saran Daraba Kabba, First woman secretary-general of the four-nation Mano River Union (The Mano River Union, which comprises Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire, was established in 1973 with the objective of promoting regional integration along economic lines).

The African Diplomatic Forum is one of the largest Africa-focused gatherings taking place at the Columbia campus bringing together scholars, policy makers, leaders and development practitioners.
Sponsors of ADF 2013 include Arik Air and Columbia University Institute of African Studies. Media sponsors included MediAfritiQ, Face2Face Africa, Africa.com, Tadias Magazine, Afrique Expansion, Africa Trade, Africa 2.0, 3G Media, and Africa Women Power.

Learn more about the Columbia University African Diplomatic Form (CUADF) at www.cuadf.com/

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DC to Africa Business Symposium 2013

At last year's DC to Africa Business conference. (Photo courtesy: The DC Mayor's Office on African Affairs)

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Updated: Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) — The 2013 DC to Africa Business Symposium Africa: Growing Local, Going Global will be held on Monday, November 25th at the Citywide Conference Center at One Judiciary Square.

The annual event, hosted by The DC Mayor’s Office on African Affairs, brings together hundreds of people from the District’s business community in direct contact with local and federal government officials for an all-day seminar.

Last year over 250 business owners, entrepreneurs, government officials, community members and nonprofit leaders packed all six rooms of the Citywide Conference Center for various workshops.

The program this year features African embassy trade representatives and private sector resource providers. Mayor Vincent Gray will be making remarks along with US Acting Deputy Secretary of Commerce Dr. Patrick Gallagher.

If You Go:
When: Monday November 25th | 9am – 4pm
Where: Mayor’s Citywide Conference Room
One Judiciary Square, 441 4th Street N.W. Washington, DC 20001 | 11th Floor
[The use of public transportation is highly recommended: Metro Red Line Judiciary Square]

RSVP
Limited Space Available | Amharic & French Interpretation Available Upon Request
For more information contact the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs at 202-727-5634 or oaa@dc.gov.

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Two Ethiopian Films at The New York African Diaspora International Film Festival

The African Diaspora International Film Festival and Black Spectrum join forces for an early start of ADIFF 2013. (Photo: Nishan, Directed by Yidnekachew Shumete is one of two Ethiopian films featured).

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Published: Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

New York (TADIAS) — Two new Ethiopian films, Nishan and Youth of Shasha, will be screening at this years’s New York African Diaspora International Film Festival (NYADIFF). Both films are scheduled to be screened on December 8th at Teachers College, Columbia University at Cowin Center. Organizers say that a Q & A session and reception will follow the screenings.

In Nishan, a young woman travels from Ethiopia in search of fortune abroad, but is “entangled
in a web of deceit and danger” as she strives to succeed.

Youth of Shasha, directed by Emanuele Cicconi, is a documentary about young musicians in Shashemene, Ethiopia who take part in a larger project “to establish the first music school and recording studio in Shashamane.”

If You Go:
ADIFF CENTERPIECE: NISHAN & YOUTHS OF SHASHA
Teachers College, Columbia University – Cowin Center
525 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10025
Click here to buy tickets.

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Mel Tewahade Honored at Oklahoma State University

Mel Tewahade at Oklahoma State University's Point Four Room on Nov. 14th, 2013. (Courtesy photo)

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Published: Monday, November 18th, 2013

New York (TADIAS) Mel Tewahade was honored this past weekend at Oklahoma State University (OSU) for his work in producing the Point Four Documentaries that highlight the history and partnership between OSU and Haramaya University. Mel, who resides in Denver, Colorado is also the President, Founder and CEO of Infinity Wealth Management.

The event, which took place in the Point Four Room at Wes Watkins Center on Thursday, November 14th at OSU featured the screening of Part Three of his documentary. Mel also delivered the keynote address on Saturday at the Oklahoma-Ethiopia Society meeting in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Below are photos from the program:



Related:
Letter From Harar: Dr. Clyde Kindell’s ‘Fond Memories of Ethiopia’ — Photos (TADIAS)
Mel Tewahade: Making Documentary on US Foreign Aid Program
New Film Highlights Rarely Seen White House Photos (TADIAS)
An Interview With Documentary Filmmaker Mel Tewahade (Curve Wire)
Point Four: A Film About Haramaya University (TADIAS)

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NYC Game Watching Party: Ethiopia vs Nigeria on Saturday

(Getty Images)

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Published: Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

New York (TADIAS) – The Walyas will play against Nigeria’s Super Eagles on Saturday, November 16th for the final qualifying game for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The Ethiopian team is expected to arrive Thursday in the Nigerian city of Calabar, where the match will take place.

“An advance party led by secretary general Yigsaw Bezuayehu is already in Calabar setting up modalities and logistics ahead of the crucial game on Saturday,” the website Super Sport reported.

“Ethiopian Football Federation(EFF) President Junedin Bashah told supersport.com they will also be travelling with fans to give the team motivation in a match he described as very important to his country.”

Here in New York, organizers say, all are welcome to join the game watching party at Lalibela Ethiopian restaurant in Manhattan beginning at 9:30 a.m.

If You Go:
Let’s Go Walya! Watch Party
Breakfast at Lalibela
Date: Saturday, November 16th, 2013
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant
37 East 29th Street (Between Park and Madison Avenue)
New York, NY 11016
Phone: 646-454-0913
www.lalibela-restaurant.com



Related:
Getaneh Kebede returns to Ethiopia squad for Nigeria tie (BBC)

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Columbia University’s 7th Annual African Diplomatic Forum

(Photo courtesy Columbia University's African Diplomatic Forum)

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Published: Thursday, November 7th, 2013

New York (TADIAS) – Tadias Magazine is proud to partner with Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) as media sponsor of the 7th annual African Diplomatic Forum (ADF), which will take place on Friday, November 22nd, 2013.

The SIPA Pan-African Network (SPAN) is a student group dedicated towards providing a platform for all students interested in business, economic, political, and social development of Africa and its diaspora. Every year they host and co-host two of Columbia University’s largest Africa focused events, the African Diplomatic Forum and African Economic Forum respectively. The forums provide great learning and networking opportunities for students, faculty, alumni, and working professionals passionate about the success of the continent.

A new generation of leaders in Africa is grappling with a number of challenges, old and new, across the continent. In the public sector, good governance paradigms are shifting and democratic processes are taking hold, yet problems of electoral corruption and public mistrust remain. In the private sector, foreign direct investment and liberal economic reform are on the rise at the same time that resource exploitation and the merits of local versus foreign market control are debated. Leaders in the non-profit and social welfare sectors must grapple with the changing role of foreign aid, emerging micro-finance and social enterprises, and the capacity of local organizations to combat poverty, health, hunger and education-related problems. New media and technology are changing the way millions of Africans communicate and connect with one another on a slew of social and economic issues. This conference will focus on how the nature of African leadership across the aforementioned sectors and in various industries and levels of government is changing in response to these new challenges and opportunities.

Questions that the conference will broadly address include:

What does a changing leadership landscape mean for governance reform and democracy, both at home and with regard to perceptions of African leadership abroad? How are private sector companies and international institutions responding to the need for increased investment in the context of new governance paradigms? How are young, business-minded leaders – many of them women – changing the face of social welfare, education and health programs? And what role might new media, cellphones, and other forms of network technology play in the execution of policy, the formation of new business, and the rise of new constituencies?

Panel specific content will focus on the role of women and gender in African leadership changes, the role of governance, law, and international institutions in fostering economic growth andsocial equality, the urgency of infrastructure investment and leaders’ role in encouraging it, and the role of new media in debates about development and reform on the continent.

If You Go:
Columbia University’s 7th Annual African Diplomatic Forum
Date: November 22, 2013
Time: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Location: Columbia SIPA, 15th Floor
420 W 118th St,
New York, NY, 10027
Click here to register.

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FotoWeek DC 2013: Andargé Asfaw

(Photo: Running through the fields by Andarge Asfaw)

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Published: Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) — As part of FotoWeek DC 2013, Ethiopian-born photographer Andargé Asfaw is presenting his traveling exhibition entitled Ethiopia from the Heart, which is currently on display at the Washington Gallery of Photography in Rockville, Maryland through November 30th.

The show draws from Andargé’s book by the same name that was published in 2008 featuring “his photographic journey through Ethiopia’s landscapes, wildlife, and culture.” According to organizers, an opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, November 9th from 6-9pm.

Prior to the reception Andargé will speak at the Washington School of Photography, where he teaches, to share his insights about developing a personal photography project. “His exquisite photography book, ‘Ethiopia from the Heart,’ highlights the splendor of the Ethiopian culture and landscape,” the event announcement stated. “Book profits fund tree-planting projects in Ethiopia. Andargé is the first Ethiopian photographer to publish a photography book about Ethiopia. The book project spawned a non-profit, Canopy Ethiopia.”

Andargé, who is a graduate of the Hallmark Institute of Photography, runs F/STOP Studio in Silver Spring, Maryland, and is a lecturer at The Art League School.

If You Go:
Saturday, November 9
6pm – 9pm
Washington Gallery of Photography
12276 Wilkins Avenue
Rockville MD 20852
www.ethiopiafromtheheart.com

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Addis Hosts African Media Leaders Forum

The African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF ) 2013 is being held in Addis Ababa this week.

All Africa

BY NESRU JEMAL (Ethiopian Radio & Television Agency)

The National Organizing Committee under African Media Initiative (AMI) announced on Saturday that the 6th African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) with the theme: “The African Media in the last 50 years and the future” will be held 6-8 November 2013 in Addis Ababa.

Committee Co-chair Mimi Sebhatu told journalists that the agendas of the Forum include a public debate on the 6th and 8th Heads of State round table, intended to provide the media leaders with a unique opportunity to engage the participating Heads of State in a stimulating discussion on pertinent issues around media, and African governments’ role in expanding the media.

“African issues are mostly given coverage by other media for African media has no strong structural set up. As African media share common challenges in infrastructure, technology and skill, the forum is expected to create an opportunity for experience sharing and a chance to tell about our respective countries,” Mimi said.

According to organizers, AMLF is a unique initiative as it is the only Forum which brings together private and independent media owners and operators from around the continent.

The participants are expected to discuss opportunities as well as evaluate and recommend means to strengthen the vital role of the African media and the future of the industry as well.

Read more.

Related:
Africans Must Speak Up for Journalist Jailed in Ethiopia (The Guardian Africa Network)
2 Ethio-Mihdar journalists arrested for reporting on Corruption (CPJ)
Africa’s Journalists Honor Jailed Ethiopian Editor Woubshet Taye (CNN Photos)
The Challenges of Independent Media In Ethiopia: Tadias Interview With Ron Singer

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Where to Celebrate the Ethiopian Jewish Festival Sigd in New York

(Photo courtesy Beta Israel of North America (BINA) Cultural Foundation)

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Published: Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

New York (TADIAS) — Two events marking the Ethiopian Jewish festival Sigd are scheduled to take place in New York this coming weekend. Beta Israel of North America (BINA) Cultural Foundation is hosting a walk through Harlem on Sunday, November 3rd, followed by a reception at Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building, while the Chassida Shmella Ethiopian Jewish Community is organizing a Shabbat dinner and a concert featuring Debo Band at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in the Upper West Side.

The BINA reception includes coffee ceremony, food and music. “Come and take part in this wonderful event and see first-hand how The Sigd was observed in Ethiopia; it’s now a national holiday in the State of Israel,” the announcement said. “We will walk (for all who are able) through the streets of Harlem dressed in our white, traditional African Cultural garb carrying our colorful umbrellas.” BINA’s walk through Harlem will start at 1:00 pm at St. Nicholas Park (135th Street) and end at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building Plaza on 125th St. Organizers note that the walk and a preceding service at Old Broadway Synagogue (15 Old Broadway) are free and open to the public.

The JCC event, according to Chassida Shmella, highlights a special guest from Israel: Kes Vanda Eil Mentessnout. Other speakers include Rabbi Sharon Shalom, author of Sinai to Ethiopia.

IF You Go:
BINA Harlem Sigd Celebration
Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building
163 West 125th Street 3rd Fl
Harlem NY 10027
Must have ID to enter building
Public transportation:
#2, #3, A, B,C or D trains
Admission for Reception:
$20 in advance
$25 at the door
Click here to buy tickets

Chassida Shmella Shabbat Dinner and Concert
Friday night Shabbat dinner at 7pm is prepaid.
Price: $40, for both dinner and Sigd: $72
Location: JCC of the Upper West Side
334 Amsterdam Avenue @ 76th Street
SIGD celebration follows on: Sunday, November 3rd:
Celebration at B’nai Jeshurun
257 West 88th Street, between B’way & West End Ave.
Doors open 3:30 pm/ Sigd program begins at 4 pm
Sigd: prepaid: $40/ at the door: $45
Click here to buy ticket.

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New Album Release: Wayna & Haile Roots to Perform at SOB’s in New York

(Photo courtesy: Massinko Entertainment)

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Published: Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

New York (TADIAS) – Grammy-nominated, Ethiopian-born singer and songwriter Wayna and reggae rising star Haile Roots are scheduled to perform at SOBs in New York on Friday, November 8th.

Wayna will showcase her recently resealed third studio album the Expats. The album draws from diverse genres of world music ranging from Sade to Radiohead “to create a unique blend of Rock, African, Reggae, and Soul sounds.”

You can listen to the single from the upcoming album, “I Don’t Wanna Wait,” which is produced by German beat maker FARHOT at soundcloud.com.

If You Go:
Wayna & Haile Roots Live at SOB’s
Friday, November 8th, 2013
$25 in Advance, $30 at the Door
204 Varick St
New York, NY 10014
For More info call: 201-220-3442
www.sobs.com

Video: Tadias Interview: Grammy-Nominated Singer And Songwriter, Wayna (July 2013)

Related:
8 Ethiopian Artists Bringing East Africa to the Future (MTV)

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NYC Game Watching Party: Walyas Play Nigeria This Sunday

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Published: Thursday, October 10th, 2013

New York (TADIAS) -The Walyas will play against Nigeria on Sunday afternoon in Addis Ababa for the first leg of final two matches that will decide which team makes the 2014 World Cup in Brazil next summer.

A game watching party is being organized at Lalibela Ethiopian restaurant in New York on Sunday, October 13th at 9:00 a.m.

If You Go:
Let’s Go Walya! Watch Party
Breakfast at Lalibela
Date: Sunday, October 13, 2013
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant
37 East 29th Street (Between Park and Madison Avenue)
New York, NY 11016
Phone: 646-454-0913
www.lalibela-restaurant.com

Related:
Ethiopia 2 Games Away From Football History (Associated Press)

In Pictures: Ethiopian National Soccer Team

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Sincerely Ethiopia Documentary to Screen at University of Maryland

The main characters in the film include Addisu of Adugna Community Dance Theatre, educator Biruktawit Tagesse, CNN Hero Yohannes Gebregeorgis, and founder of BCDA, Eden Gelan. (Courtesy photograph)

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Updated: Monday, October 7th, 2013

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) — The University of Maryland Ethiopian Student Association will be hosting the screening of the new documentary Sincerely Ethiopia on Thursday, October 17th at 6:30pm at Hoff Theater in Stamp Student Union.

The film, which is written and directed by up-and-coming filmmaker Nathan Araya, highlights the efforts by a mixed generation of Ethiopian social entrepreneurs and activists from the Diaspora and at home determined to change Ethiopia’s global image from that of a poster country for famine, disease, poverty and instability to that of a nation on the rise.

Blain Belayneh, the DC Representative for Sincerely Ethiopia, says the film features the lives of ordinary people who are addressing the ongoing challenges of HIV/Aids, homelessness, illiteracy, disability and other pressing social issues. “The documentary will encompass everything from philanthropy, art, business, fashion, and healthcare as different avenues that are changing lives of countless Ethiopians,” Blain said. “Our aim in this piece is to tell these stories and showcase the beauty of people overcoming odds to make a change in their country in this generation.”

Watch: Sincerely Ethiopia Documentary Trailer


If You Go:

You can learn more about the film at www.sincerelyethiopia.com.

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Photos: Mayor’s 4th Annual DC African Heritage Celebration

Coffee ceremony by Askale Café at the 4th Annual DC African Heritage Cerebration. (Photo: Matt Andrea)

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Published: Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) – Over 700 people packed the historic Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. last Monday (September 30th) to participate in the Mayor’s 2013 Annual DC African Heritage Cerebration. The colorful stage event, hosted by the Office on African Affairs in partnership with the DC Commission on Arts & Humanities, included the worldwide observance of the 50th anniversary of the OAU as well as an awards ceremony highlighting the unique contributions of members of the vibrant African community to DC’s economic and social life.

Among the individuals recognized by Mayor Vincent C. Gray included Angelle Kwemo in Public Service, Tereguebode Goungou in Community Organizing, Tamrat Medhin in Panafrican Bridge Building, Anthony Chuukwu in Institution Building, and Henok Tesfaye in Business.

“On the 50th anniversary of the Organization of African Unity we take this opportunity to recognize that the Washington Metro area is now home to over 150,000 African immigrants and over 10% are right here in the Nation’s Capital,” Mayor Gray said. “I know that our African community is extremely diverse, both linguistically and culturally, so it is wonderful to see all of them come together today to represent, share and showcase their cultures and contributions to the larger District community.”

The entertainment segment of the event, which kicked off with an exhilarating performance by the West African Dance Ensemble Balafone, also included a surprise closing appearance by the Ethiopian rock group Jano Band before they headed back to Ethiopia.

In her remarks at the celebration Ngozi Nmezi, the Director of the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs, described the celebration as “one of the District’s most anticipated African cultural events drawing thousands of attendees and unifying diverse communities in DC through African art, culture, history, and music while showcasing the burgeoning contributions that Africans make to the vitality of the city.”

Below are photos from the event courtesy Matt Andrea.



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Photos: United Nations Marks OAU-AU 50th Anniversary (TADIAS)

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Ethereal Kremt: Exhibition at LeLa Gallery Remembers Ermias Mazengia

Artist Ermias Mazengia (1977 - 2013). Photo credit: LeLa Gallery.

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Published: Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Addis Ababa (TADIAS) — LeLa Gallery in Addis Ababa is hosting a group exhibition entitled Ethereal Kremt honoring the late artist Ermias Mazengia (1977-2013). The gallery’s first show of the new Ethiopian Year opens on Saturday, October 5th, and features recent works “all produced during the rainy season” by Michael Tsegaye, Dawit Abebe, Behailu Bezabih, Tesfaye Bekele, Tamrat Gezahegn, Eyob Kitaba & Ermias Mazengia.

“The exhibition sails under the banner of the ‘seasonal’. As if it was possible that a norm-transcending atmospheric condition –whether meteorological, phenomenological, social or historical could be intrinsic to works of art” LeLa Gallery said in its event announcement. “As if the ornamental and the abstract, the motion and the desire, could inaugurate a visual space transforming the totalitarianism of heavy rain, dirt, mud and thunderstorm into a gesture of liberation. As if the delinquency of art could, through spacial displacement, inspire an alternative form of ethereal beauty.”

The show is dedicated to Ermias Mazengia, who’se sudden, tragic death leaves a void in the art community.

If You Go:
LeLa Gallery Presents “Ethereal Kremt”
Opening Reception Saturday, October 5th at 3pm
Tel: + 251 11 6535506
www.lelagallery.com

Direction: From ring road direction Jimma, take the first right after the Armed Forces Hospital (old Airport) on China Embassy/ Ghana Embassy/ Swedish Clinic road – go down, pass Ghana Embassy approx. 200 mtrs make a right and follow the LeLa sign.

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Last Show in America: Jano to Conclude Successful U.S. Tour — September 28th

(Photo: Mario Di Bari/courtesy Jano Band)

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Updated: Friday, September 27th, 2013

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) — Jano band’s highly successful three months American tour will conclude in Washington, D.C. this weekend.

The Ethiopia-based rock group, which launched its current tour during the soccer tournament week in July, has been promoting its debut album, Ertale, to enthusiastic Ethiopian audiences from coast to coast — including New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Oakland and Seattle.

Organizers say the band’s final show will take place at Ibiza Nightclub in D.C. on Saturday, September 28th.

If You Go
Jano Band’s Last Debut Show in America
Saturday, September 28th, 2013
Ibiza Nightclub DC
1222 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002
For more info, please call:
202.440.4301 or 201.220.3442
www.facebook.com/JanoBand

Photos: Jano Band at Ginny’s Supper Club in Harlem on August 28th, 2013 (Tadias Magazine)

Video: Jano’s first U.S. concert on July 4th at Howard Theatre in D.C. (Tadias Interview)


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New York Abay 1st Division Promotion Party

New York's Ethiopian Soccer Team celebrating in the stands at the 30th ESFNA anniversary tournament on Saturday, July 6th, 2013 at the Comcast Center in College Park, Maryland. (Photo: Courtesy NYC Abay)

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Published: Thursday, September 26th, 2013

New York (TADIAS) — New York’s Ethiopian soccer team, Abay, achieved a milestone at 2013 ESFNA soccer tournament in Maryland last July when they advanced to first division at the 30th annual competition.

The team announced they are holding a celebration party and fundraiser at Lalibela restaurant in Manhattan on Saturday, September 28th.

If You Go:
New York Abay 1st Division Promotion Party
Saturday, Sep. 28th at 10:00 PM
Lalibela Restaurant
37 E 29th St
New York, NY 10016
(646) 454-0913
Click here for more info.

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Tadias Interview: NYC Abay Team’s Success at 30th ESFNA Tournament

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5th Global P2P Ethiopian Diaspora Conference on Health Care & Medical Education

At last year's People to People (P2P) Ethiopian Diaspora Conference on Health Care. (Photo Courtesy P2P)

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Published: Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

New York (TADIAS) – The 2013 Global Ethiopian Diaspora Conference on Health Care and Medical Education organized by the U.S.-based NGO, People to People (P2P), will take place at Sheraton Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia on Saturday, September 28th.

The theme this year is “Triangular Partnership to Support Medical Education in Ethiopia: The Diaspora as a Bridge between Ethiopian Medical Schools & Foreign Institutions.” What are Ethiopia’s priorities and how can the triangular partnership work on the ground? Dr. Keseteberhan Admasu, Ethiopia’s Health Minister, will be on hand to address that question from the government’s perspective along with Dr. Zerihun Abebe, the Dean of Mekelle University’s College of Health Sciences. Other panelists include Enawgaw Mehari, Founder and President of P2P, who will speak from the Diaspora’s vantage point. The views of foreign and funding institutions will be represented by Dr. Cynthia Haq, Professor of Family Medicine and Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health and Founding Director of the Center for Global Health, as well as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby.

Hundreds of Ethiopian medical professionals from the Diaspora are expected to attend the annual gathering. Other speaker’s include Dr. Girma Tefera, Vice President of International Medical Affairs, P2P and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ethio-American Doctors Group (EADG). Dr. Girma is Professor of Surgery and Vice Chairman of Vascular Surgery at University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Organizers note fee is waived for students and those in residency training with proper identification.

If you go:
5th Global Ethiopian Diaspora Conference on Health Care
Saturday September 28th, 2013
8:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Sheraton Pentagon City
900 S. Orme Street,
Arlington, VA 22204
Telephone: (703) 521-1900
On Site Registration Fee: $40.00
For more information, contact: info@peoplepeople.org
Learn more about P2P at www.peoplepeople.org.

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(Photo courtesy P2P)


(Photo courtesy P2P)

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D.C. to Mark 50th Anniversary of African Union

Photo from the 3rd DC African Heritage Festival organized by the Mayor's Office on African Affairs (OAA).

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Updated: Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) – The District of Columbia will mark the worldwide observance of the 50th anniversary of the African Union on Monday, September 30th during the 4th annual DC African Heritage celebration. The event, which is set to take place at the legendary Howard Theatre from 6:00 to 10:00pm, honors the District’s proclamation of September as African Heritage Month.

Organizers say the annual gathering is spearheaded by the DC Mayor’s Office on African Affairs (OAA) and the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities.

“In recognition of these historic milestones and the global African renaissance in the 21st century, this year’s DC African Heritage Celebration features a full and unique cultural experience,” said Ngozi Nmezi, Director of the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs. “We will showcase exceptional leaders from the African community, remarks by Mayor Vincent C. Gray, art, music, dance and more.”

Ms. Nmezi shares that the festivities will highlight the Mayor’s Awards Ceremony “that pays special tribute to past and present leaders of the African Diaspora who have made unique contributions to the cultural and economic renaissance of the District’s African community.” The award categories include: Pan-African Bridge Builder Award, Arts Award, Cultural Education Leader Award, Institution Builder Award, Community Organizer Award, Business Leader Award, and Public Service Award.

31-year-old Ethiopian singer Haile Roots is listed among several artists that are scheduled to perform at Howard Theatre on September 30th, as well as the Balafon West African Dance Company, Kenyan Poet and comedian Anna Mwalagho and D.C.’s own DJ Underdog. The master of ceremonies for the event is Ndimyake Mwakalyelye, a broadcast journalist at Voice of America. Ms. Nmezi adds: “There will also be a raffle for two round trip tickets to Africa sponsored by Ethiopian Airlines.”

If You Go:
4th Annual D.C. African Heritage Celebration:
A Tribute to Past & Present Leaders of the African Diaspora
When: Monday, September 30th | 6-10pm
Where: The Howard Theatre
620 T Street NW, Washington DC 20001
Limited Space Available | RSVP Required:
Register: http://bit.ly/dcafricanheritage
Learn more at http://oaa.dc.gov.

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Photos: United Nations Marks OAU-AU 50th Anniversary (TADIAS)

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Miss Israel in America: Titi to Visit Little Ethiopia in Los Angeles

Miss Israel, Yityish Aynaw, will travel to California on September 28th, 2013. (Photo: Tadias Magazine)

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Published: Friday, September 20th, 2013

Los Angeles (TADIAS) — Miss Israel 2013, Yityish (Titi) Aynaw, is scheduled to visit L.A.’s famous Little Ethiopia next week. The Ethiopian Community Development group, a project of the Southern California-based non-profit ‘Community Partners,’ is set to host a “Meet and Greet Reception” on her behalf at the Little Ethiopia Cultural Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 28th.

Organizers said the reception will be followed by a buffet dinner (open to the public) at Rahel’s vegan Ethiopian restaurant, located a few doors down from the center on Fairfax Avenue.

“We are very much looking forward to welcoming Miss Israel with warm Ethiopian hospitality,” said Negest Legesse, Director of the Little Ethiopia Cultural Center.

The Ethiopian-Israeli beauty queen will also attend Saturday morning service at a synagogue in Beverly Hills. “Then for the rest of the afternoon and early evening, she will be our guest,” Negest said.

Titi’s tour is co-sponsored by the African American, faith-based initiative: Juneteenth Education Technology Mobile Arts Center (J.E.T.M.A.C.). In a statement the organization said Miss Israel’s L.A. stop is part of a national campaign. “The mission of the tour is to lay the groundwork for a 2014 Juneteenth Israel Reconciliation Tour, July 7-17, 2014, to build closer relationships with Israel through the Jewish Ethiopian community,” the press release said. “Miss Aynaw’s message welcoming and celebrating ethnic diversity in Israel is compelling.”

Miss Israel’s trip to America includes Washington D.C., Virginia, Illinois, and California.

If You Go:
Little Ethiopia to Host Miss Miss Israel 2013
Meet and Greet Reception in L.A.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
3:00pm – 5:00p
Little Ethiopia Cultural Center
1034 1/2 Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA
R.S.V.P. by September 25th (seats are limited)
Phone: (323) 937-8402.
Dinner at Rahel Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine
(Open to the public, there is cost for the buffet)
www.rahelvegancuisine.com

Photos: Miss Israel 2013, Yityish Aynaw, in New York, June 11th, 2013 (Tadias Magazine)

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At Last Week’s Ethiopian Festival in Silver Spring: Food, Fashion, And A Whole Lot More

Jeremiah Alemu, 6, strums his guitar on Sunday, on September 15, 2013 in front of his father’s vendor tent at the third annual Ethiopian Festival in Silver Spring, Maryland. (Lindsay A. Powers/The Gazette)

The Gazette

By St. John Barned-Smith, Staff Writer

At the third annual Ethiopian Festival in Silver Spring on Sunday, Teru Fentike was dishing out plates of lentils, greens and injera — a traditional starch.

“I’m so excited!” she said.

Fentike lived in Silver Spring when she first came to the U.S. 26 years ago. Now, the Bowie resident still runs a restaurant, Bete Ethiopian, just blocks from Veterans Plaza, where music boomed, and Ethiopians, friends and festival-goers mingled, many sporting soccer jerseys or traditional dress.

The area, and the Ethiopian community, has changed since then, she said.

“When we came here a long time ago [and saw another Ethiopian] we’d hug and say, ‘It’s another Ethiopian!’ Now, look,” she said, waving at the thousands of people packed into the plaza.

“The Ethiopian community is growing rapidly,” she said, grinning.

Silver Spring’s — and the metro Washington, D.C., area’s — Ethiopian population has exploded in recent years, according to festival organizer Tebabu Assefa. There are more than 75 Ethiopian small businesses in the greater downtown area of Silver Spring, many of which have opened since 2008, he said.

Read more at the Gazette.

Related:
Miss Israel to Visit Little Ethiopia in L.A. (TADIAS)
Celebrating Cultural Magnificence: The 3rd Annual Ethiopian Festival in Silver Spring (TADIAS)

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Symposium In D.C. to Launch the Skunder Boghossian Fellowship Award

Skunder Boghossian is one of the best-known African modern artists in the West. (Photo by Jarvis Grant)

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By Tadias Staff

Updated: Monday, September 16th, 2013

New York (TADIAS) – A few years ago the Fine Arts School at Addis Ababa University, which consists of the School of Music, the School of Theater Arts and the School of Fine Arts & Design, was renamed the Skunder Boghossian College of Performing and Visual Arts in honor of the institution’s most influential former professor of contemporary art and one of Ethiopia’s renown artists.

Since 2003 photographer Gediyon Kifle has been documenting Skunder’s paintings held in private collections around the world. Gediyon, who is scheduled to speak at a symposium in Washington, D.C. on September 22nd, 2013 marking the launch of the Skunder Boghossian Fellowship Award, said that he is also working on a documentary film and photo book highlighting the life and work of the legendary artist.

“I am probably the only person that has footage of a sit-down interview with Skunder done near the end his life,” Gediyon said. “The movie will focus on his years in Ethiopia, France and America.” He added: “I am lucky that I am collaborating with poet and screenwriter Solomon Deressa. There is no one in the world who knows Skunder as well as Solomon did from childhood onward.”

Skunder, who lived most of his life in the United States, briefly taught at Addis Ababa University in the late sixties (1966 – 1969) after returning home from an 11-year stay in Europe. Sponsored by the Ethiopian government, Skunder had attended Saint Martin’s School of Art in the U.K. in 1955 at the age of 18. He also studied at Slade School of Fine Art while in London. Two years later he moved to France continuing his studies for nine more years at Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris.

He arrived in the U.S. in 1970 and accepted a teaching position at Howard University in 1972 that lasted until 2001, two years before he passed away at age 65.

Skunder became the first contemporary African artist to have his work acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1966 when MOMA purchased his 1964 painting entitled Juju’s Wedding. His last commissioned work was in 2001, a team project in collaboration with U.S.-based Ethiopian painter and art professor, Kebedech Tekleab, on the Nexus for the Wall of Representation at the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

According to the event announcement, the D.C. tribute attendees at the upcoming symposium will have the opportunity “to listen to speakers from the United States and abroad and ask questions following each panel, as well as view video clips of Skunder’s works, listen to jazz compositions that inspired him, and have informal conversations with the guest scholars and artists during the reception.”

Skunder’s work has been represented by the Contemporary African Art Gallery in Manhattan, New York since the late 1990s. “I have a small room in the gallery that is completely dedicated to Skunder’s painting where I keep a collection,” said gallery owner Bill Karg, in a recent phone conversation. “He has done a total of three solo exhibition here,” Bill recalled. “But his first show at the gallery was in 1997.” Since then, Bill has kept the relationship through Skunder’s daughter Aida Boghossian, and opens his collection for customers periodically and by appointment.

Regarding Skunder’s collaborative art work featured at the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington D.C., the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art notes “this work highlights the intergenerational links among the diaspora community. The aluminum relief sculpture incorporates decorative motifs, patterns and symbols adapted from diverse Ethiopian religious traditions including Christianity, Judaism, Islam and other indigenous spiritual practices. The symbolic scrolls suggest major forms associated with the historic kingdoms of Axum, Gondar and Lalibela. Other forms represent musical instruments, utilitarian tools, and regional flora and fauna. Together, these designs compose a sense of Ethiopian identity and are intended as a balanced juxtaposition of traditional and contemporary Ethiopian aesthetics.”

If You Go:
SKUNDER TRIBUTE — Celebration of Art & Culture
September 22, 2013
Symposium: 12-7pm | Reception: 7-10pm
Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Entrance: $35 & $25
Tickets must be purchased in advance
skundertribute.eventbrite.com

Video: South African musician Hugh Masekela on Skunder Boghossian

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Jano Band To Hold Final U.S. Debut Concert On September 28th in D.C.

Jano Band pictured in Los Angeles on September 7th, 2013. (Photo: Courtesy Massinko Entertainment)

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Updated: Friday, September 13th, 2013

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) — The Ethiopian rock group Jano Band will conclude their well-received first American tour later this month in Washington, D.C.

Jano is set to perform at Ibiza Nightclub on Saturday, September 28th, for what organizers say will be the band’s final U.S. debut concert.

The ten-member rock band began their 2013 tour on July 4th at the historic Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C., and subsequently at S.O.B’s and at Harlem’s Ginny’s Supper Club in New York City in August. Jano also made an appearance in Atlanta (September 1st), Los Angeles (September 7th), Las Vegas (September 10th), and is scheduled to play in the Bay Area (September 14th).

If You Go
Jano Band’s Last Debut Show in America
Saturday, September 28th, 2013
Ibiza Nightclub DC
1222 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002
For more info, please call:
202.440.4301 or 201.220.3442
www.facebook.com/JanoBand

Photos: Jano Band at Ginny’s Supper Club in Harlem on August 28th, 2013 (Tadias Magazine)

Video: Jano’s first U.S. concert on July 4th at Howard Theatre in D.C. (Tadias Interview)


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Happy New Year: Photos From California “Enkutatash” Celebration

San Jose Community services volunteer Fefhya Mohammed during the Ethiopian new year celebration in downtown San Jose, California, on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (Photo: Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013

New York (TADIAS) – Ethiopians around the world are celebrating New Year Enkutatash today. In the United States the festivities began this past weekend with the annual California outdoor cultural festivals in Los Angeles and the Bay Area.

The Mercury News reported that hundreds of people gathered at Guadalupe River Park in downtown San Jose on Sunday to “share coffee, culture and community.”

The crowd also enjoyed a performance by the local group “Young Ethio Jazz Band” as well as a ceremony honoring Dr. Birku Melese, the first executive director of the Ethiopian Community, who was recognized for his dedicated service to the city. The “Enkutatash” new year celebration was attended, among others, by the San Jose City Councilman Sam Liccardo and Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Ken Yeager.

Click here to view the photos at Mercury News.

Related:
Ethiopia: President Girma Conveys His Best Wishes to the Nation (All Africa)
It’s Already Happy New Year Time At Mesob Restaurant in New Jersey

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Photos: Jano Band at Ginny’s Supper Club in Harlem

Jano band at Ginny’s Supper Club in Harlem on Wednesday, August 18th, 2013. (Photo courtesy: Tadias)

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Published: Saturday, August 31st, 2013

New York (TADIAS) – Jano Band delivered another exciting version of its trademark stage performance during the group’s second New York appearance on Wednesday, August 28th at Ginny’s Supper Club in Harlem, where the team’s pioneering fusion of rock music and Ethiopian cultural melodies received attention from local residents and representatives of major labels. The band was hosted at the uptown venue by Marcus Samuelsson and his wife Model Maya Haile while on tour promoting their debut album Ertale produced by Bill Laswell.

Jano band also paid tribute to Ethiopian Reggae Singer Eyob Mekonnen who recently passed away with a rendition of the artist’s popular song.

Jano began their first American tour on July 4th at the historic Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C., and subsequently at S.O.B’s in New York City on Friday, August 16th. The group now heads to other major U.S. cities including Atlanta this weekend (September 1st), Oakland (September 7th), Las Vegas (September 10th), and Los Angeles (September 14th).

Below are photos from the Harlem event.

Video: Jano’s first U.S. concert on July 4th at Howard Theatre in D.C. (TADIAS Interview)


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Jano Band to Perform at Ginny’s Supper Club in Harlem

Jano band performing at S.O.B's in New York City on Friday, August 16th, 2013. (Courtesy photo)

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Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

New York (TADIAS) – Following their rocking NYC debut concert at S.O.B.’s earlier this month, Jano band is scheduled to take the stage on Wednesday, August 28th at Ginny’s Supper Club – an uptown venue located inside Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster Harlem.

In a review featured on the website Rock NYC, Jano’s well-received appearance at S.O.B.’s on Friday, August 16th, got two thumbs up from Brooklyn-based musician Tomas Doncker who wrote: “Jano lived up to the title of their debut release (produced by the legendary Bill Laswell): Ertale (The most continuously active/erupting volcano in Ethiopia, and one of the hottest spots on earth) when they almost literally set S.O.B.’S on fire with their unique blend of traditional Ethiopian melodies and bone shaking, ass kicking rock and roll.”

Jano is currently on their first American tour promoting the band’s new album and they are set to perform in Atlanta, Georgia (September 1st), Oakland, California (September 7th), as well as Las Vegas, Nevada (September 10th), and Los Angeles, California (September 14th).

As Tomas noted: “This potent fusion is the brainchild of former Ziggy Marley manager Addis Gessese who hand-picked each of the 10 members. The ensemble drips with talent. Guitarist Michael Hailu supplies the force with huge metal riffs and a detailed harmonic sense. The dual vocals of Debekulu Tafesse and Hailu Amerga (with exciting backing vocals and dancing by Haleluya T and Fifi) are in complete contrast with each other. Back and forth, one after another, creating a completely unexpected dynamic that never let’s up. Their stage show is in word…Relentless. Well, such are the gifts of youth, but that is not to say that JANO is without musicality. To the contrary, the band features spectacular musicianship (centered around the killer riffs of young Ethio-rock guitarist Michael Hailu) and powerful songwriting that transcends any genre or language barrier.”



If You Go
Jano Band at Ginny’s Supper Club
Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
Tickets: $10
Show Time: 9PM
310 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10027
For Reservations call: 212.421.3821
www.ginnyssupperclub.com

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Video: Massinko Player Dereb The Ambassador Joins Ethio Cali Live in L.A.

(Courtesy photo)

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Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Los Anegeles (TADIAS) – Dereb The Ambassador, the Australia-based Ethiopian vocalist and massinqo player (aka Dereb Desalegn), performed in Los Angeles earlier this summer. The concert was hosted by the Grand Performances and Dereb appeared as a special guest accompanying the Ethio Cali Jazz Ensemble — an eclectic collection of California-based musicians led by trumpeter, arranger and composer Todd Simon. The group’s experimental grooves highlight sounds that are rooted in traditional music from Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, Ghana, and Columbia.

The following video from Sonny Abegaze and Andrew Freire, features clips from the show as well as the Ethiopian-born artist’s explanation of the meaning behind his stage name Dereb The Ambassador.

Video: Ethio Cali + Dereb the Ambassador

Ethio Cali + Dereb the Ambassador from Andrew Freire on Vimeo.


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The History of Ethiopian Music: Book Event in Falls Church, Virginia

Tesfaye Lemma in Addis Ababa in 1967 & his book entitled 'Ye Itiyopia Muziqa Tarik'

Tadias Magazine
By Charlie Sutton

Updated: Monday, August 26th, 2013

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) – The first-ever comprehensive history of Ethiopian music, Ye Itiyopia Muziqa Tarik by Tesfaye Lemma, has finally been published. It is a book well worth waiting for.

Ye Itiyopia Muziqa Tarik, which initially went on sale at the ESFNA Soccer Tournament at the beginning of July, will again be made available for purchase at a special event to be held at Meaza Ethiopian Restaurant, 5700 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA, on Tuesday August 27th, at 7pm.

Tesfaye Lemma, an iconic figure in Ethiopian music, died last February after enduring more than a decade of ill health. He devoted the last five years of his life to preparing this detailed and wonderful history, a distillation of the experience and wide-ranging knowledge he acquired during his long and distinguished career as a composer, lyricist, orchestra director, impresario, music presenter, and teacher.

Ato Tesfaye places Ethiopia’s unique musical heritage within the context of her ancient and distinctive culture while also drawing telling comparisons between Ethiopian and other musical traditions. In a writing style that is elegant at the same time as it is engagingly informal, he lovingly traces and illuminates the growth and development of Ethiopian music in all its amazing variety and richness, from its ancient roots right up to its flowering in the modern world, interspersing the saga with anecdotes drawn from his own personal and professional experience.

The fascinating story of Ethiopia’s music and musicians is enhanced by a wealth of beautiful illustrations — magnificent color photographs as well as evocative sketches drawn by a skilled artist under the supervision of the author — that appear on nearly every one of the book’s 340 pages. Chapters are devoted to important musical groups; insightful biographies of major individual musicians are also included.

These are just a few of many highlights. It is impossible adequately to describe in this short space a work of the magnitude and importance of Ye Itiyopiya Muziqa Tarik. Don’t miss the opportunity to purchase a copy of your own, and perhaps to buy some more as gifts for your music-loving friends, at Meaza Restaurant on the evening of August 27th.

This event promises to be great. The editor of Ye Itiyopia Muziqa Tarik, Alemayehu Gebrehiwot, and others close to Ato Tesfaye and who were involved in the making of the book, will share their experiences. The author’s famous protégé Shambel Belayneh will be among the musical performers. Mesenko player Charles Sutton will be on hand to reminisce about his lifelong friend Tesfaye, and perhaps to sing one of his songs.

For further information, please call Alemayehu Gebrehiwot (301) 681-1201; Mekuria Negia (202) 253-4414; Girma Zegaye (773) 746-9513, or Matt Andrea (202) 255-2909.


If You Go:
Tuesday, August 27 @ 7pm
Meaza Ethiopian Restaurant
5700 Columbia Pike
Falls Church, VA 22941
(703) 820-2870
www.meazaethiopiancuisine.com

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Los Angeles’ Little Ethiopia Prepares for 2013 Cultural Street Festival

The 2013 Little Ethiopia Cultural Street Festival in Los Angeles will be held on Sunday, September 8th.

Tadias Magazine
By Aida Solomon

Published: Monday, August 19, 2013

Los Angeles (TADIAS) – It was 11 years ago this month on August 7, 2002 that the city of Los Angeles designated through a unanimous council vote that the neighborhood on Fairfax Avenue, between Olympic and Pico Boulevard, be recognized as Little Ethiopia, making it the first street in the United States to be named after an African nation.

For the last 12 years the Little Ethiopia Business Association has been hosting a popular cultural street festival that attracts a diverse crowd from L.A. and beyond to the area. Organizers say this year’s celebration is scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 8th, 2013 between Olympic and Whitworth Avenue with events including live music, vendors, fashion show, comedy, and much more.

The 2013 festival will also feature Alemtsehay Wodajo, an accomplished actress, poet and songwriter, as well as city and state officials. According to Berhanu Asfaw, President of the Little Ethiopia Business Association, students from a local elementary school will also perform the Ethiopian National Anthem. The keynote speaker is Dr. Menbere Aklilu, owner of Salute e Vite Ristorante in Richmond California.

Below are photos from past events.



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7th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival — Washington, D.C.

(Image courtesy the African Diaspora International Film Festival, ADIFF, and TransAfrica)

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Events News

Published: Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) – The 2013 African Diaspora International Film Festival, which is presented annually by ADIFF and TransAfrica, is scheduled to take place at the Goethe Institute in Washington D.C. this weekend.

The line-up features seven films of various genres including Otomo (German with English subtitles) — a convincing depiction of the impact of institutionalized racism on black refugees in Europe, as well as the Washington, DC premier of African Cypher, a look inside the complicated culture of street dance in South Africa. An Ethiopian film Nishan (Directed by Yidnekachew Shumete Desalegn, 2013, 105min), is a suspenseful drama about a young woman whose destiny is trapped in an unsigned document and a web of lies that she must sort out in order to achieve her ambitious dreams.

The festival opens on Friday, August 16th at 6pm with the showing of African Independence and a Q&A with director Tukufu Zuberi. The event’s announcement notes that Zuberi’s documentary “provides a unique glimpse of the continent’s recent history through four watershed events – World War II, the end of colonialism, the Cold War, and the era of African Republics.”

Nishan (see trailer below) will screen on Saturday, August 17th at 8pm followed by Return to Goree — a musical road movie that follows Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour’s historical journey “tracing the trail left by slaves and the jazz music they created.”

This year’s event will close with the premiere of Tango MacBeth that offers “a multicultural, multi-generational vision and presentation of the Shakespeare play. This provocative version of Macbeth unfolds like a Möbius strip. Moving back and forth, the drama of the play intertwines with the drama of making the film. The film offers an original and imaginative way of bringing a classic to contemporary times.” The director, Nadine M. Patterson, will be present for a Q&A session with the audience after the screening.

If You Go:
TICKET INFORMATION
Friday, August 16th Opening Night screening – $20
Sunday, August 18th Closing Night screening – $15
General admission: $12 per screening;
Students and Seniors: $10 per screening
Weekend Pass: $60
For advance ticket sales click here.
Tel: 212.864.1760
For more info email: info@transafricaforum.org.
www.transafrica.org

Trailer 1: African Independence, A documentary written and produced by Tukufu Zuberi

Trailer 2: Nishan Ethiopian film — A drama directed by Yidnekachew Shumete Desalegn

Trailer 3: Tango MacBeth — Re-imagining of the classic tragedy for today by Nadine M. Patterson


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Celebrating Cultural Magnificence: The 3rd Annual Ethiopian Festival in Silver Spring

(Photos courtesy of the promoters)

Tadias Magazine
By Tigist Selam

Published: Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New York (TADIAS) – Ethiopian New Year is around the corner and so is the 3rd annual outdoor festival in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland marking Enkutatash. According to organizers, this year’s day-long celebration of Ethiopian culture and tradition will take place on September 15, 2013 in Veterans Plaza.

Last year the event featured traditional dance, music, food, vendors, fashion show, award ceremony and a live concert by Mahmoud Ahmed, transforming the venue into Little Ethiopia for the day.

“Some came to join family and friends and celebrate their heritage and home country. Other came to learn about the ancient but vibrant and magnificent Ethiopian cultures and traditions,” the event’s announcement said. “Whatever the reason, in the course of the day, more than 20,000 attendees were able to take part in the festivities.”

Organizers are hoping to build on this momentum and inviting all to join them next month in celebrating Ethiopia’s cultural magnificence. They are encouraging event goers to wear traditional attire.

If You Go:
Ethiopian Festival
September 15, 2013
Veterans Plaza
Silver Spring, Maryland
Click here to learn more.

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Ethiopia Hosts 2013 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum

The 2013 U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum is taking place at the African Union Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from August 09-13, 2013. (Photo: AGOA 2013 Ethiopia org)

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Published: Sunday, July 11, 2013

Addis Ababa (TADIAS) – Ethiopia is hosting the 12th annual African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum this weekend in Addis Ababa featuring business leaders and government officials representing the United States and several African countries. The Forum that alternates between Washington, D.C. and an eligible country from the continent every other year, is being held in Ethiopia for the first time.

The AGOA forum, that was singed into law by President Bill Clinton in 2000, is designed to increase business to business relations between the U.S. and African countries through duty-free export of certain African products to the United States. Last year, 39 AGOA-eligible sub-Saharan African countries “exported nearly $35 billion in products to the United States,” a spokesperson for U.S. State Department said. “AGOA provides incentives for African countries to improve their investment climates, reduce corruption, respect human and labor rights and the rule of law, improve infrastructure and harmonize trade standards to help them become more competitive in the global marketplace.” Previous gatherings of the Forum had been organized in Mauritius, Senegal, Ghana, Kenya and Zambia.

The press release added: “The 2013 AGOA Forum will highlight the progress achieved since the Act’s inception in 2000 and launch a dialogue on the future of United States-sub-Saharan Africa trade and economic cooperation. These discussions will pave the way for the Obama Administration to work with Congress and other stakeholders on AGOA’s extension after September 30, 2015, when the current Act is due to expire.”

This year’s forum opened in Ethiopia on Friday, August 9th under the theme “Sustainable Transformation through Trade and Technology,” in conjunction with a business conference spearheaded by the Corporate Council on Africa that concludes on Sunday, June 11th. The event will be followed by the Ministerial Forum scheduled to take place on Monday August 12th and Tuesday, August 13th.

You can learn more about the forum at www.agoa2013ethiopia.org.

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Jano Band to Perform at SOB’s in New York — August 16th, 2013

Jano band will perform at S.O.B.’s, Sounds of Brazil, in NYC on August 16th, 2013. (Photo credit: A. Kiiza)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Updated: Monday, August 5, 2013

New York (TADIAS) – The Ethiopian rock group Jano Band is getting ready for their New York debut at SOB’s in Manhattan on Friday, August 16th.

Jano follows in the footsteps of several Ethiopian musician legends including Aster Aweke, Mahmoud Ahmed and Gossaye Tesfaye who have performed at SOB’s, also known as Sounds of Brazil.

The ten-piece band will also be hosted by Marcus Samuelsson at Ginny’s Supper Club in Harlem (Stay tuned for updates).

“With their debut album Ertale Jano will bring its fusion of traditional Ethiopian melodies and rock music to SOB’s,” organizers said in the event announcement.

If You Go
Jano in New York
Friday, Aug 16 2013
11:00PM doors / 12.00AM show
$25.00 online – $30.00 at door
Click here to buy tickets or reserve a table
More info at www.sobs.com

Watch: Jano Band’s Ayraq 2012 Official video

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AU to Mark World Humanitarian Day in Addis Ababa: Call for Film Submissions

The African Union will commemorate World Humanitarian Day on August 19th, 2013 in Addis Ababa. (AU)

Tadias Magazine
By Tigist Selam

Updated: Saturday, August 3, 2013

New York (TADIAS) – The African Union Commission is preparing to mark World Humanitarian Day on August 19th in Addis Ababa under the theme “Helping Hands.” In honor of the occasion, organizers have announced a challenge for journalists from the African Diaspora who have documented or featured stories on humanitarian related issues affecting the continent within the last year.

In a statement the AU Commission said it is currently accepting submissions until the end of August for short films (maximum 3-5 minutes), a visual photo map or an essay (max. 1000 words).

The top 26 selections receive continental recognition at the Africa Solidarity Launch on September 12th and 13th, 2013 and the top 6 will win a trip to New York to the General Assembly of the United Nations, organizers said.

World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is a United Nations General Assembly-designated day dedicated to the recognition of humanitarian personnel worldwide. It was started following the 19th of August, 2003 bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad that killed the former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to Iraq, Sérgio Vieira de Mello, and twenty-one of his colleagues.

“Through the ‘Helping Hands’ Initiative, the African Union Commission and its partners seek to recognize the valiant efforts of African humanitarian heroes and heroines by providing a platform for illuminating their efforts,” the press release stated. “The campaign will recognize those who have made a difference in their local, national and regional communities.”

The AU statement pointed out that ‘Helping Hands’ speaks to the African tradition and humanist philosophy of Ubuntu — that one is because of others, and that responding to distress is not a duty but the natural reaction of human beings.

“Helping Hands will showcase stories and projects by Africans and the African Diaspora that have made great impact in their communities,” the statement noted. “It is an opportunity to give Africans the chance to tell their story – not only to raise awareness, but also to inspire future generations to emulate innovative and exciting approaches to making a difference.”

You can contact the organizers or send your submission via Facebook/African-Humanitarian-Hub.

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African Film Festival NY Features Zelalem Woldemariam’s “Lezare”

Zelalem Woldemariam, pictured at the 7th African Film Festival award ceremony in Tarifa, Spain in 2010, is the producer and director of the acclaimed short film "Lezare," playing in NYC this week. (File Photo)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Friday, August 2, 2013

New York (TADIAS) – Zelalem Woldemariam’s Lezare (For Today), a 12 minute movie that explores the link between environmental degradation and poverty through a revealing and touching story about a homeless boy in a small village in southern Ethiopia, is being screened on Friday, August 2nd at Joyce Kilmer Park in the Bronx as part of the 2013 African Film Festival New York Summer Series — Cinema Under The Stars.

Organizers say not to worry if it rains because they will simply move the screening indoors nearby to The Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Lezare, a beautifully shot film about global warming and shortsightedness, was the recipient of the 2010 “Best Short Film Youth Jury Award” given at the 7th African Film Festival in Tarifa, Spain.

Watch: Lezare Trailer (Zeleman Production)


If You Go:
Friday, August 2nd – 6:00pm
LOCATION Joyce Kilmer Park, Bronx
(161st street and Grand concourse)
RAIN VENUE The Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse
Learn more at www.africanfilmny.org.

Lezare will be Followed by the Film Soul Boy by Hawa Essuman (Kenya/Germany, 2010, 60min)

14 year-old Abila lives with his parents in Kibera, in Nairobi, Kenya. One morning the teenager discovers his father ill and delirious. Abila wants to help his father and goes in search of a suitable cure. Supported by his friend Shiku who is the same age as him, he learns that his father has gambled his soul away in the company of a spiritual woman. The teenager sets about looking for the witch. When he discovers her in the darkest corner of the ghetto, she gives him seven challenging tasks to save his father’s lost soul. Abila embarks on an adventurous journey which leads him right through the microcosm of his home town.

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Poet-Playwright Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin

Poet Laureate Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin. (Cover Illustration: Ezra Wube/Tsehai Publishers)

Tadias Magazine
By Dagnachew Teklu

Updated: Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Washington D.C (TADIAS) – The life and accomplishments of Ethiopian poet and playwright, Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin, was celebrated last Friday in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland. The event highlighted Fasil Yitbarek’s book entitled Soaring on Winged Verse, which is the official biography of Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin — one of Africa’s most important literary figures. The gathering, which was hosted by Taitu Cultural Center during its popular monthly poetry night YeWeru Gitm Mishit on July 26th, was attended by a large number of people from the Ethiopian community including families and friends of the late Poet Laureate who would have marked his 77th birthday this August.

The biography was printed by Tsehai Publishers in 2011 and is dedicated “to those whose creative inspirations springs from their love of Ethiopia.” In his book, Fasil chronicles the remarkable story of Mr. Tsegaye’s humble beginnings in rural Ethiopia from the town of Boda, near Ambo, to become one of the most recognized men of letters in the country as well as one of the most prolific and acclaimed writers of his generation. The poet’s distinguished resume spans luminary works of more than 45 plays and an influential collection of Amharic poetry entitled Isat Woy Abeba (Blaze or Bloom).

Poet Laureate Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin passed away in February 2006 at the age of 69 while receiving medical treatment in New York. His body was flown back to Ethiopia and buried at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa.

In a Q&A with Tadias Magazine, Fasil said Soaring on Winged Verse is based on several interviews, which he conducted in New York with the late Tsegaye some ten years ago at the poet-playwright’s request.

“We used to meet once a week for a couple of hours and I was able to record about 30 cassettes on various occasions,” Fasil said. However, Tsegaye passed away before they completed the interviews for the book, and he fondly recalled their weekly sessions as “unforgettable moments in my life.” Fasil said he was able to fill the gap through further research of both published and unpublished sources.

“I was lucky to be chosen by Tsegaye to write this book.” Fasil added.

Yodit Tsegaye, one of Tsegaye’s daughters agreed, “We really appreciate Fasil’s determination to finish the memoir,” she said. “This book tells us what we didn’t know about our father.”

Below are photos from the event.



You can learn more about the book and order your own copy at www.tsehipublihers.com. “Soaring on Winged Verse” is also in the process of being translated into Amharic.

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Update: Ethiopian Heritage Society Cultural Festival Underway in Washington DC

Photo courtesy the Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America (EHSNA)

Tadias Magazine
By Dagnachew Teklu

Published: Friday, July 26, 2013

Washington D.C. (TADIAS) – The third annual Ethiopian Heritage Society festival will commence today in Washington DC with an opening ceremony scheduled this evening at the Holiday Inn (2101 Wisconsin Ave, NW). A panel discussion is also due to be held tomorrow at Marriott Arlington. According to organizers, most of the festivities will take place on the campus of George Washington University on Saturday and Sunday.

The event’s public relation officer, Kaleb Amare, told Tadias that preparation has been finalized to warm up attendees who are expected to gather from various states for the three-day occasion.

“Several cultural shows as well live concert by Ethio Jazz Band will entertain the community,” Kaleb said. “We have invited musicians Berhanu Tezera and Abdu Keyar.” He added: “Art exhibitions, food and craft, town-hall meetings, sports activities, traditional and contemporary dance performances will make the weekend an enjoyable, and hopefully a thoughtful time for all.”

Kaleb said the annual heritage festival, organized by the Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America (EHSNA), will include an award ceremony in recognition of “selected individuals” for their dedication in advancing “progressive ideas” in Ethiopia, such as freedom of the press, and religion. “Unfortunately, none of the honorees EHSNA has selected in recognition of their work for liberty are able to be present at the festival,” EHSNA said. “They are in jail or dead.”

The organization added, however, that it has found “worthy individuals” to accept the accolades on behalf of the honorees, which this year includes Reeyot Alemu, Abune Petros, and eight Muslim leaders who are currently incarcerated. Abune Gorgorios, a leading scholar in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, will accept the award for the martyred church bishop and national hero. Journalist Tizita Belachew will speak for Reeyot Alemu. And a members of Bader Ethiopia, an International Ethiopian Muslim Association, will receive the recognition on behalf of the eight Muslim leaders and their supporters, organizers said.

IF You Go
Ethiopian Heritage Society – 3rd Festival
July 26 to 28
Georgetown University
3611 Canal Street
Washington, D.C, NW 20007
More info at www.ehsna.org.

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Summer of Ethiopian Music Continues: Krar Collective in NYC, Young Ethio Jazz in D.C.

Kirar-collective will perform at Central Park in New York on Sunday, July 21st, 2013. (Courtesy photo)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Updated: Friday, July 19, 2013

New York (TADIAS) – The summer of Ethiopian music continues this weekend when the London-based Ethiopian trio, Krar Collective, make their U.S. debut appearance in New York at Summer Stage (Central Park) on Sunday July 21st. The event follows the live concert last week by the soulful duet from Ethiopia, Munit and Jorg, who performed to a full-house at Silvana in Harlem (see photos below). And stay tuned for Tadias Magazine’s exclusive video interview with Ethiopian-born, Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter, Wayna, about her upcoming show in New York at Drom on July 27th featuring her new album and video to be released in September.

The new Ethiopian west coast sensation ‘Ethio Jazz Band’ made up of young musicians, ranging in age from 10 to 15, are scheduled to play during the 2013 Ethiopian Heritage Festival at Georgetown University in Washington DC next weekend. Members of the Bay Area-based group include Jacob Sirak (Alto Sax), Yonathan Estifanos (Trumpet), Paulos Thomas (Trumpet), Addis Getahun (Tenor Sax), Christian Tesfaye (Drums), Robel Gizachew (Bass), Semon Yacob (Keyboard and vocal), and Yohannis Dawit (Keyboard).

And in Los Angeles, the local Ethiopian jazz ensemble, Ethio Cali, led by trumpeter, arranger and composer, Todd Simon, and other musicians from Southern California will be joined by a special guest from Australia, Ethiopian-born vocalist and massinqo player Dereb Desalegn, aka Dereb at the Grand Performances on Friday, July 26th.

If You Go:
Krar Collective in NYC
July 21st, 2013 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Central Park
More info and directions at www.cityparksfoundation.org

Young Ethio Jazz Band in D.C.
At 3rd Heritage Festival
July 26 to 28
Georgetown University
3611 Canal Street
Washington, D.C, NW 20007
More info at www.ehsna.org.

Ethio Cali in L.A.
Friday, July 26, 2013 – 8 pm
350 S. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90071
Free | All ages
More at www.ethiocali.com.

Photos: Munit and Jorg at Silvana in Harlem, NYC, Friday, July 12, 2013 (Tadias Magazine)

Watch: Video of Young Ethio Jazz Band at Rasselas Jazz Club


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Ethio Cali Jazz Ensemble Live in Los Angeles – July 26

(Courtesy photo)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Los Angeles (TADIAS) — Ethio Cali — a Los Angeles-based Ethiopian jazz ensemble, led by trumpeter, arranger and composer, Todd Simon, and other musicians from Southern California will play in Los Angeles this weekend. The event is hosted by the Grand Performances, one of the state’s largest presenter of free performing arts programs. Organizers note: “The Ethio Cali ensemble’s sublime sound is inspired by the Golden Age of Ethiopian music of the 1960’s and 70’s, filtered through a lens that is uniquely Los Angeles.”

Acknowledging the diverse musical foundations of Ethio-jazz, the ensemble also draws inspiration from the rhythmic and melodic textures of Sudan, Somalia, Ghana, and Columbia. For their debut performance at Grand Performances, Ethio Cali is joined by special guest Ethiopian-born, Australia-based vocalist and masenqo player Dereb Desalegn aka Dereb The Ambassador for what is sure to be a spirited and majestic night of music.

If You Go:
Friday, July 26, 2013 – 8 pm
350 S. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90071
Free | All ages
More at www.ethiocali.com.

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Tadias Interview: Samuel Wolde-Yohannes on his Book ‘Ethiopia: Culture of Progress’

Dr. Samuel Wolde-Yohannes, author of "Ethiopia: Creating a Culture of Progress," at a book signing at Sankofa Bookstore in D.C. on Sunday, July 14th, 2013. (Photo by Dagnachew Teklu/Tadias Magazine)

Tadias Magazine
By Dagnachew Teklu

Published: Monday, July 15, 2013

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) – On Sunday, July 14th, I had a chance to attend a book signing and discussion highlighting Dr. Samuel Wolde-Yohannes’s newly released book Ethiopia: Creating a Culture of Progress. Dr. Samuel, who has previously written several philosophy books, is currently a professor of philosophy at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, California. The book signing was held at Sankofa Books in Washington D.C.

Tadias asked Dr. Samuel what he means by “culture of progress,” and he responded: “We often confuse the term ‘progress’ with economic development, political change, social emancipation, etc. But the term includes all of these and more.” He added: Economic development is measured unfortunately by pre-established indicators, political and institutional evolution by the adoption of certain practices, social change by the adoption of acquired social practices and behaviors. But the notion of progress goes beyond these manifestations.”

Below is Tadias Magazine’s interview with Samuel Wolde-Yohannes.

TADIAS: Why did you choose to write about culture?

Dr. Samuel: Well, why culture? I chose culture because culture is a foundation on which we build our economic, political and social institutions. Most of the discussions that have been going on so far in Ethiopia, or outside Ethiopia, have focused on disciplinary concepts. That means, If you are an economist, you discuss economics, if you are a political scientist, your approach for Ethiopia’s problem is from that perspectives and so on. But what ties together all these is really the notion of culture. The purpose of this book is not to ignore these particular approaches and results but to go beyond them. In other words, to go deeper to every core of the problem. Thus the main thrust of the book is the analysis of the Ethiopian culture as the basis of all the problems plaguing Ethiopia.

TADIAS: Are you saying that there is a need of cultural change? How about those who argue the opposite?

Dr. Samuel: Whether we like it or not, culture changes. The question is how to direct it to become more productive rather than simply adopting western culture. It is really about guiding it. I wouldn’t say complete overhaul of the culture. No. I am completely against that, but there are some aspects of our culture, some features of our cultures that need to be addressed. I have outlined these in the book. I can say that I cannot discuss all elements of culture. It is impossible. And the subject is open to debate. But if we don’t start to address it we will continue to have the same old political institutions; we would have the same approach to economic and social problems of our country.

TADIAS: How do you view the impact of globalization on culture?

Dr. Samuel: Globalization. It is a very good point. Because globalization is going to affect all cultures whether we like it or not. It is a reality that we have. If you have strong culture, then that is what I am really wishing for, we can maintain our culture.

TADIAS: How do you view religion and culture in the context of Ethiopia?

Dr. Samuel: Religion plays a fundamental role in Ethiopian culture, whether it was during the time of Emperors or the Derge, or even today. Because fundamentally Ethiopians are religious people. There are a lot of religious attachments. So you cannot really divorce the discourse of religion from the discourse of culture.

TADIAS: How do we address the dominance of some cultures over others in a diverse society like Ethiopia?

Dr. Samuel: Well that’s a reality. It is a reality that we have to come to grips with. Because the Ethiopian highland and Tewahedo Christians has been dominant in Ethiopian cultural discourse. It doesn’t mean that there are no other cultures, but which one is the dominant in terms of discourse. That is where my focus is. In my view that’s where the problem starts. That is where the solution starts. The book is not intended to support or undermine the current political debate, but to simply bring Ethiopians to openly discuss about what needs to change and what needs to be preserved in their culture.

For those interested in purchasing the book, it’s on Amazon.



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8th Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum to Be Held in D.C.

The 2013 Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum will be held at George Washington University on July 27th, 2013. (File photo)

Tadias Magazine
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Published: Monday, July 15, 2013

Washington DC - (TADIAS) – The 8th Annual Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum will be held on July 27, 2013 in Washington D.C., to discuss business and investment opportunities in Ethiopia, as well as to award and honor pioneering entrepreneurs from the community.

Organizers of the annual conference announced that the 2013 event will focus on “Investing in Agri-business: Opportunities and Challenges for Diaspora Investors.”

“Specifically, the Forum will discuss specific investment opportunities in agri-business, agro-processing and financing and value chain development opportunities in select subsectors,” organizers said in a statement.

In addition, the forum this year features an agri business concept competition and the winning teach will be rewarded with a round trip ticket to Ethiopia and technical support from the Forum and its sponsors as well as “participate in a USAID-funded matching grant program to support investments in select agricultural value chains.”

The 2013 Ethiopian Diaspora Pioneer Businessperson Selection Committee is currently accepting nominations from the public and will announce the awardee by July 19, 2013. It was to be recalled that last year the Pioneer Ethiopian Diaspora Business Person award was shared by Ato Tadiwos Getachew Belete, founder and CEO of Boston Partners PLC, and Ato Zemedeneh Negatu, Managing Partner of Ernst & Young Ethiopia & Head of Transaction Advisory Services (Corporate Finance) Eastern Africa Ernst & Young LLP.

“The Forum and Awards Event will highlight the work of the Ethiopian Diaspora entrepreneurs and various business and investment opportunities available for Diaspora businessmen and women,” said Yohannes Assefa, Founder and Executive Director of the yearly gathering.

The Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum is organized by The Ethiopian American, a Virginia based Ethiopian Diaspora business and investment group.

If You Go:
8th Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum & Awards Dinner
Date: July 27, 2013
Place: Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University
Attendance is by registration.
Please register at www.theethiopianamerican.com.

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2013 Ethiopian Heritage Festival in DC to Honor Reeyot Alemu

(Photo Courtesy EHSNA)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Sunday, July 14, 2013

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) – The third annual Ethiopian Heritage Festival will take place next weekend at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. The event is organized by the Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America (EHSNA), and the opening events on July 26th at The Holiday Inn (2101 Wisconsin Ave, NW) will feature a performance by the Young Ethio-Jazz band from California as well as other musical and cultural activities.

Among the organization’s honorees this year include former high school English teacher Reeyot Alemu, recipient of the 2012 Courage in Journalism Award and winner of the 2013 UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize. “Unfortunately, none of the honorees EHSNA has selected in recognition of their work for liberty are able to be present at the festival,” EHSNA said in a press release. Other honorees include eight Muslim leaders who are currently imprisoned in Ethiopia and Abune Petros, the Ethiopian Orthodox Bishop who was executed by the Italian occupation forces on July 29th, 1936.

The festival also includes an arts show, Ethiopian food, sports, and speakers.

IF You Go
Ethiopian Heritage Society – 3rd Festival
July 26 to 28
Georgetown University
3611 Canal Street
Washington, D.C, NW 20007
More info at www.ehsna.org.

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Ethiopia: Creating a Culture of Progress – Book Talk at Sankofa in DC

(Images courtesy of Phanos Press from the book cover "Ethiopia: Creating a Culture of Progress)

UPDATE: Click here for Tadias Interview with Dr. Samuel Wolde-Yohannes

Tadias Magazine
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Published: Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) – What does progress mean in the context of modern Ethiopia? The latest book by Dr. Samuel Wolde-Yohannes explores this timely subject from a cultural and philosophical standpoint in a new paperback entitled: Ethiopia: Creating a Culture of Progress.

“This book offers a voice of context and reflection that fills a vital gap in the present discourse of Ethiopian history, politics, and modernization efforts,” said organizers, announcing an upcoming book signing at Sankofa bookstore in D.C. on Sunday, July 14th.

The author, Dr. Samuel, who is currently a professor of philosophy at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, California was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as the youngest of 12 children in his family. He attended Lycee Gebre-Mariam in the Ethiopian capital and subsequently joined the seminary both in Ethiopia and Ireland. He taught at Addis Ababa University for four years, and holds MA and PhD degrees in philosophy from The Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. He has written four books and several articles focusing on Ethiopian thought tradition and current affairs.

In his most recent work, Ethiopia: Creating a Culture of Progress, Dr. Samuel argues that legal, political, and economic systems do not produce progress nor transform nations in any substantial way by themselves unless the culture of the nation is addressed first and foremost.

“There are many books which deal with Ethiopia’s numerous problems from the perspective of economics, political science and sociology; each offering their specialized solutions. This book does not neatly fit in any one of them,” Samuel notes in an excerpt from the book.

If You Go:
Sunday, July 14 @ 6pm
Sankofa Books
2714 Georgia Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
202-234-4755
www.sankofa.com

For those interested in purchasing the book, it’s on Amazon.

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Debo Band & Young Ethio Jazz Band at Yoshi’s in San Francisco – July 17th

The Bay Area-based 'Ethio Jazz Band' made up of young musicians, ranging in age from 10 to 15, performing at Rasela’s Jazz Club in San Francisco’s Fillmore district. (Photo: YouTube)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

New York (TADIAS) – When it comes to the groundbreaking Ethiopian and American fusion sound of the Boston-based band Debo, no one has described it better than Rolling Stone magazine: “Guitar solos, massed vocals, violin, and brass rush in like a Red Bulled marching band. Dance at your own risk.” Debo will perform at Yoshi’s San Francisco, one of the country’s premiere jazz clubs, on July 17th, and will be joined on stage by the rising local stars ‘Ethio Jazz Band.’

The Young Ethio Jazz Band comprises of members of Oakland’s Medhani Alem Ethiopian Orthodox Church, and according to the event announcement “The students play Ethio-jazz, a style that blends American jazz and Latin rhythms with traditional Ethiopian sounds.” The band members include Jacob Sirak (Alto Sax), Yonathan Estifanos (Trumpet), Paulos Thomas (Trumpet), Addis Getahun (Tenor Sax), Christian Tesfaye (Drums), Robel Gizachew (Bass), Semon Yacob (Keyboard and vocal), and Yohannis Dawit (Keyboard).

The 11-member Debo is led by Ethiopian-American saxophonist Danny Mekonnen and fronted by charismatic vocalist Bruck Tesfaye. The bands recent and upcoming performances include the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Bumbershoot, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, The Kennedy Center, Montreal Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, South by Southwest, Joe’s Pub, and World Music Festival: Chicago. Their self-titled debut for Sub Pop / Next Ambiance was produced by Thomas “Tommy T” Gobena of Gogol Bordello and features album art by critically-renowned painter Julie Mehretu.

If You Go:
DEBO BAND plus Young Ethio Jazz Band
Wednesday, July 17
Yoshi’s San Francisco
1330 Fillmore Street
SF, CA 94115
Phone: 415.655.560
Tickets: 8pm $17 adv, $22 door
www.yoshis.com/sanfrancisco

Watch: DEBO BAND:

Video: YOUNG ETHIO JAZZ BAND:


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Summer of Ethiopian Music: Jano to Fendika, Teddy Afro to Mahmoud Ahmed (TADIAS)

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Washington City Paper: See Some Ethiopian Music This Week (There Will Be a Lot of It)

The following is a highlight by The Washington City Paper of the various Ethiopian music events taking place in D.C. this week during the soccer tournament. (Photo courtesy Massinko Entertainment)

Washington City Paper

By Steve Kiviat

The D.C. area is already home to the United States’ largest Ethiopian population, but this week brings a surge of Ethiopian culture thanks to the 30th Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America (ESFNA) Tournament that runs through July 6. Take note, Horn of Africa fans: This is going to be one of the year’s best chances to see a lot of Ethiopian musicians who don’t play in town very often.

Read more at Washington City Paper.

Related:
Tadias Interview: NYC’s AbayTeam Advances to 1st Division at 30th ESFNA Tournament in DC
Summer of Ethiopian Music: Jano to Fendika, Teddy Afro to Mahmoud Ahmed (TADIAS)
Hailu Mergia: A Beloved Ethiopian Musician of a Generation Ago (The Washington Post)
Reissues Songs From Hailu Mergia, Local Cab Driver (Washington City Paper)

Watch: CNN’s Errol Barnett interviews Jano Band in Addis

Photos: Slideshow of flyers and artists’ photographs courtesy of the promoters (TADIAS)

Listen to Hailu Mergia and The Walias Band playing – Tche Belew



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Photos: United Nations Marks OAU-AU 50th Anniversary

At the United Nations in New York on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013. (Photo: Tadias Magazine)

Tadias Magazine
By Tseday Alehegn

Published: Thursday, June 27th, 2013

New York (TADIAS) – The African Union Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations in New York hosted a “High level Panel Discussion and Workshop” on Wednesday June 26th inside the UN building marking the 50th anniversary of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the predecessor to the African Union (AU), headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The event opened with a remark by Ambassador Tete Antonio of the Permanent Observer of the AU to the UN, who delivered an introductory message from Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission and the first woman to lead the organization. Statements were also made by the head of the African Group for the month of June 2013, Mr. Roble Olhaye, Permanent Representative of Djibouti to the United Nations.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Ali A. Mazrui, the famed academic and political writer on African and Islamic studies as well as North-South relations. During his speech Professor Mazrui, who turned 80 last year, proposed that the AU, which currently has no real authority to make binding decisions for all of Africa’s 54 states, perhaps should establish a permanent member council similar to the U.N. with a rotating chairmanship. He suggested the body should be made up of 4 or five countries, one from each region based on size of population: “Nigeria from the West, Egypt from the North, Ethiopia from the East and South Africa from the South.”

Mazuri also recalled Nelson Mandela’s memorable interview with Ted Koppel on ABC’s Nightline on February 15th, 1990, soon after he was released from his 27-year imprisonment. “Most people would look at the last 27 years of your life or at the life of someone who has spent the last 27 years in prison and say to themselves “what a waste.” What about you?,” the ABC host had asked. “That is true, to spend 27 years at the prime of your life is a tragedy and I regret those years that I have wasted in prison,” Mandela had responded. “But there are very positive aspects too because I had the opportunity to think about problems and to reflect on my mistakes.” Mandela added: “I also had the opportunity of reading very widely and especially biographies and I could see what men sometimes from very humble beginnings were able to lift themselves with boot strings and become international figures and men that are useful to society in their own community and to the world.”

The gathering also included screenings of a short documentary focusing on the history of the founding of the OAU in Addis Ababa on May 25th, 1963 as well as a trailer of a film highlighting the organization’s 50th anniversary celebrations .

Below is a slideshow of images from the panel discussion:

Watch: Feb. 15, 1990: Nelson Mandela Interview with Ted Koppel on ABC’s Nighline


Related:
Yadesa Bojia Reflects on African Union Flag on 50th Anniversary (TADIAS)
The African Union Turns 50: Voices From Ethiopia — Past and Present (TADIAS)

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Summer of Ethiopian Music: Jano to Fendika, Teddy Afro to Mahmoud Ahmed

(Photographs courtesy Massinko Entertainment, Lynne Williamson, La Beautiful Mess, and Munit Mesfin)

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Events News

Updated: Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

New York (TADIAS) – It is poised to be an exciting summer for Ethiopian music on the East Coast with live concerts that include the highly anticipated U.S. debut of Jano band; the Addis Ababa-based duet, Munit and Jorg; the return of Fendika direct from Ethiopia; a joint performance by Teddy Afro and Mahmoud Ahmed; as well as the first American tour by The London-based trio, Krar Collective.

Jano, which leads the pack in publicity and expectation, was recently featured on CNN in preparation for their upcoming show at the historic Howard Theater in Washington, D.C. on July 4th.

The super-group Fendika that consists of six world class dancers and Azmari artists, once again bring its exhilarating mix of Ethiopian music and dance to audiences in the United States, highlighting the wealth of diversity of Ethiopia’s musical traditions. Fendika is currently in the Midwest, and is scheduled to perform on July 2nd at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art in Washington D.C., followed by a concert at the Lincoln Center Atrium, in NYC on July 4th, as well as in Boston at Hibernian Hall on July 7th.

Living legends Mahmoud Ahmed and Teddy Afro will share the stage on July 5th at Echostage in D.C.

Also in Washington, we are told, Ethiopian and German duet, Munit and Jorg, will launch their U.S. tour with a concert on July 1st at Tropicalia Dance Club. Organizers said the show will open with a performance by Feedel Band and will be hosted by the Seattle-based hip-hop musician Gabriel Teodros.

Below is a slideshow of flyers and photos courtesy of the promoters.



If You Go:
Jano in DC
Thursday, July 4th, 2013
The Howard Theatre
620 T Street, Northwest,
Washington, D.C.20001
Phone: (202) 803-2899
More info on the show: 201 220 3442
Thehowardtheatre.com

Legend & Superstar
Mahmoud Ahmed | Teddy Afro
Echo Stage in DC, July 5th
2135 QUEENS CHAPEL ROAD NE,
WASHINGTON, DC 20018
PHONE: 202.440.4301
FOR TABLES & GENERAL INFO:
www.echostage.com

Fendika Back in the U.S.
July 2: Smithsonian Museum of African Art, Washington DC
July 4: Lincoln Center Atrium, NYC
July 6: Lincoln Center Meet the Artist Saturdays
July 7: Hibernian Hall, Boston
July 10: Cedar Cultural Center workshop and concert, Minneapolis
July 12-14: Montana Folk Festival with Debo Band

Munit & Jorg in DC
w/ Feedel Band + Dj set by Tooth Pick
Hosted by Gabriel Teodros
Monday July 1st
Tropicalia (lower level)
2001 14th st NW
Washington, D.C.
Click here for ticket info.
Learn more about Munit and Jorg on their Facebook page.

Krar Collective, DJ Sirak in New York
July 21st, 2013 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Central Park
More info and directions at www.cityparksfoundation.org

Watch: CNN’s Errol Barnett interviews Jano Band in Addis


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Munit and Jorg to Perform During DC Soccer Tournament Week

(Images courtesy La Beautiful Mess)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Updated: Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) – The Addis Ababa-based Ethiopian and German duet, Munit and Jorg, will launch their first U.S. tour with a concert in Washington, D.C. next week. Organizers announced that the event, which is scheduled to be held on July 1st at Tropicalia Dance Club, will open with a performance by the multigenerational Feedel Band and will be hosted by Seattle-based hip-hop musician Gabriel Teodros.

Last year Munit and Jorg were among two bands selected from Ethiopia, along with Ethiocolor from Fendika, to perform at various festivals in Spain including in the 21st International Festival Canarias Jazz & Más Heineken.

“We call our music ‘Ethio-Acoustic Soul’ because it has soul vibe, it’s participatory, improvisational, it engages the audience in an entertaining way,” the vocalist Munit Mesfin told Tadias in a recent interview.

Munit said the duo, who play Amharic and English songs, met six years ago during the Ethiopian Millennium celebrations in Addis, introduced by a mutual friend. The following year they released their debut album Just the Two of Us: Live at the Coffee House. In addition to being the guitarist in the band Jorg Pfeil, who has lived in Ethiopia for seven years with his wife and child, also teaches at the German School in Addis Ababa.


Munit Mesfin and Jorg Pfeil (Courtesy photograph)

Munit studied Economics at Smith College, a private women’s liberal arts university in Northampton, Massachusetts, before embarking on her musical career. She said the millennium was the first time that she had returned to Ethiopia from the United States to stay for a longer period of time. She initially left the country at the age of ten. “My mother worked for UNICEF so we lived in different places,” Munit noted. “India was our first destination outside of Ethiopia.”

Munit and Jorg’s East Coast CD release tour will include a stop in New York in mid July.

If You Go:
Munit and Jorg in DC
w/ Feedel Band + Dj set by Tooth Pick
Hosted by Gabriel Teodros
Monday July 1st
Tropicalia (lower level)
2001 14th st NW
Washington, D.C.
Click here for ticket info.
Learn more about Munit and Jorg on their Facebook page.

Related:
Summer of Ethiopian Music: Jano to Fendika, Teddy Afro to Mahmoud Ahmed (Tadias)

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Photos From Sheba Film Festival & Art Show

At the closing event of the 2013 Sheba Film Festival & Art Show at the Harlem State Building in New York (Photo by Tadias Magazine)

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Events News

Published: Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

New York (TADIAS) – The 10th anniversary celebration of the Sheba Film Festival in New York concluded on Saturday, June 22nd with a reception and an art exhibition held at The Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Building in Harlem. The event entitled Children of Sheba Art Show featured works by local Ethiopian artists including paintings by Miku Girma, Ezra Wube, Maro Haile, Zebeeb Awalom, t-shirt designs by Beniam G. Asfaw, jewelry by Lydia Gobena (owner of Birabiro) and photographs by Tigist Selam.

Here are photos from the closing exhibition held on Saturday, June 22nd.



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In Pictures: Ethiopia Celebrates 2-1 Victory Over South Africa

Fans celebrate in Addis Ababa on Sunday after Ethiopia defeated South Africa 2-1 to advance to the final round of playoffs for the 2014 World Cup qualifying games. (Photo by Marie Claire Andrea for Tadias)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Monday, June 17th, 2013

Addis Ababa (TADIAS) – The following photographs were taken in Addis on Sunday following Ethiopia’s 2-1 victory against South Africa making the Walyas one step closer to qualifying for the World Cup for the first time.

The images are from Edna mall, where thousands gathered around bars, restaurants and big screens to watch the game.



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World Cup qualifying: Ethiopia progress, South Africa knocked out (BBC News)

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Ethiopian Rock Band Jano to Perform in DC During Soccer Tournament

(Image courtesy of the promoters)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) – Members of the new Ethiopian rock band, Jano, will make their U.S. debut on July 4th, 2013 at the historic Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. during this year’s gathering of Ethiopians in the District for the annual soccer tournament and cultural festival.

Organizers told Tadias that the group recently gave an interview to CNN while in Addis Ababa to mark the launch of their highly anticipated international tour.

“They have progressive sounds. It’s very new and very different. Nothing like this ever came out of Ethiopia,” the band’s New York-based producer Bill Laswell told Tadias last summer, speaking about the young ten-member team that fuses Ethiopian sounds with heavy guitar, drum and other instruments. “You hear old songs by singers from the 60′s inside of the rock,” he said. “Another interpretation that might upset some people but carries on the tradition in a modern way.”

Laswell added: “These are modern instruments but it does not overlook the kirar, it does not overlook masinko, it does not overlook the traditional singing, the church music and the power of the tradition. It does not take that for granted. They don’t join the ranks of Ethiopian music, they break the rules.”

Watch: The Ethiopian Rock Band Jano – Interview with Producer Bill Laswell (TADIAS)


If you go:
Jano: Direct from Ethiopia
Thursday, July 4th, 2013
The Howard Theatre
620 T Street, Northwest,
Washington, D.C.20001
Phone: (202) 803-2899
More info on the show: 201 220 3442
Thehowardtheatre.com



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Summer of Ethiopian Music: Jano to Fendika, Teddy Afro to Mahmoud Ahmed (Tadias)

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Photos From New York Concert by Pianist Girma Yifrashewa

Classical pianist and composer Girma Yifrashewa at Issue Project Room in New York where he performed on Saturday, June 8th, 2013. (Photo by Tseday Alehegn/Tadias Magazine)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Updated: Monday, June 10th, 2013

New York (TADIAS) – Classical pianist and composer Girma Yifrashewa performed live to a full house at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn on Saturday, June 8th. The event was Girma’s first solo appearance in the United States since he made his U.S debut four years ago when he was invited to participate in the International Symposium and Festival “Africa meets North America,” which took place in October of 2009 at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). As part of his current tour, the talented pianist will return to the West Coast next month for a performance in Seattle, Washington on July 26th.

In New York, Girma delighted his audience not only with his expert renditions of classics by Chopin, Schumann, Debussy, and Gershwin, but also with his own arrangements based on traditional Ethiopian melodies including “The Shepherd with the Flute” — a short reflective and romantic piece originally composed by the late Professor Ahenafi Kebede.

The second part of Girma’s show was entirely dedicated to his own compositions including Ambassel, Chewata, Sememen, and his favorite Elilta. During his introduction of Elilta, as he concluded the evening, Girma asked the audience what elilta was, and Ethiopian members of the audience vocalized the joyful custom. The concert ended on a celebratory note as the pianist received a standing ovation.

Below is a slideshow of photos from the concert.



Related:
Girma Yifrashewa: From Chopin to Ethiopia (The New York Times)

If You Go:
Girma Yifrashewa in Seattle
July 26, 2013
Good Shepherd Center Chapel
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, 4th floor
Seattle, WA
Learn more at: waywardmusic.blogspot.com

Ebs tv Instrumental Music- Girma Yifrashewa- ILILTA from EBS TV on Vimeo.


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Mikias Mile: An Event Benefitting Mikias Tefera Tibebu Memorial Scholarship

Mikias Mile is a community event organized by the Mikias Tibebu Memorial 5K Foundation in Schaumburg, Illinois to fundraise for the Mikias Tibebu Memorial Scholarship Fund. (Photos: Courtesy Mikias Mile)

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Events News

Published: Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Chicago (TADIAS) – The first annual Mikias Mile, a celebratory outdoor community event to honor Mikias Tibebu and to support the launch of the Mikias Tibebu Memorial Scholarship Fund, will take place at Schaumburg High School in Schaumburg, Illinois on Friday, July 12th, 2013.

Mikias, who was a senior at the school and a rising star athlete with stellar academic record, was killed last winter in Schaumburg in what police said was a hit-and-run car accident.

“Mikias wrote in a college admission application: ‘Sometimes success requires that we ask for help and possibilities are limitless when we seek out the best of one another,’” the organizers noted in their announcement. “We will be gathering as a strong and diverse community to honor Mikias’ spirit and put these beliefs expressed by Mik into action with a celebratory event that will raise money for the Mikias’ Scholarship Fund.”

They added: “Mik had a passion for running that we would like to share with everyone in a variety of fun activities for participants of all levels whether that involves running, jogging, walking or rolling.”

Mikias, who grew up in the Chicago suburb, was born in Ethiopia in 1994 and came with his family to the United States in 1996 when he was two years old. His friends and teachers remember him as a nice and bright student with a promising academic future and a great athlete at Schaumburg High School where he was a member of the Track & Field team. In addition, he was an outstanding student who received the Presidential Academic Excellence award in 2007 and 2009. Mikias was recognized as an Illinois State scholar in 2012.

Back in January his father, Dr. Tefera Tibebu Beyene, told Tadias that at the time of his death his son was also preparing for an interview at Pomona College in California where he was a finalist to receive a full scholarship for Fall 2013. “Mikias was a great asset to his family and to his country,” Dr. Tefera said. “All people who knew Mikias have expressed how great a leader and role model he was.”



To learn more and participate in the event please visit: www.mikiasmile.com.

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Mikias Tefera: Promising Young Life Cut Short by Mystery Accident (TADIAS)

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Piano Concert by Girma Yifrashewa in Brooklyn – Saturday June 8th

Pianist and composer Girma Yifrashewa. (Photo courtesy ISSUE Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn)

News: Photos From New York Concert by Pianist Girma Yifrashewa

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Updated: Friday, June 7th, 2013

New York (TADIAS) – Ethiopian classical pianist and composer Girma Yifrashewa is scheduled to perform at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn on Saturday, June 8th.

“A highly accomplished performer of the romantic repertoire, Yifrashewa has chosen to remain in Ethiopia— where classical music is far from a dominant practice— forging a classical tradition for his own country,” organizers said in a press release. “Using traditional tunes as a foundation, Yifrashewa’s compositions combine the ecstasy of Ethiopian harmony with the grandeur of virtuoso piano technique into an effortlessly enjoyable, heady mixture. In this solo piano concert, Yifrashewa performs works by Chopin, Schumann, Debussy, and Mozart, as well as a set of his own Ethiopian informed compositions.”

Girma, who was born in Addis Ababa in 1967, is a graduate of the Yared School of Music and the Sofia State Conservatory of Music in Bulgaria.

“It was in Bulgaria that he made an impact as a solo pianist, performing the works of Schumann, Schubert, Chopin and Debussy, throughout the country until his return to East Africa in 1995,” the event announcement said.
 “He has a preference and well-determined approach to the music of Bach as well as Mozart and Beethoven.”

“Yifrashewa returned to Ethiopia in 1995, teaching piano at the Yared School of Music until 2001. He received scholarships for short-term specialization courses from the British and German Governments, at the Royal Academy of Music in London (1997) and at the Hochschule fur Music Und Theater in Leipzig (1999). Currently Yifrashewa works to promote Ethiopian and Classical Music throughout the continent and beyond.”

Read more at Issue Project Room Org.


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If You Go:
Sat, June 8, 2013 – 8:00pm
TICKETS | $15 / $12 members + students
ISSUE PROJECT ROOM
22 Boerum Place
Downtown Brooklyn
Phone: 718-330-0313
www.issueprojectroom.org

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Ethiopian Band Krar Collective, DJ Sirak at Summer Stage in New York

"Krar Collective" at an impromptu performance at Muya Ethiopian restaurant in London. (Photo: Vimeo)

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Events News

Published: Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

New York (TADIAS) – The London-based Ethiopian trio, Krar Collective, will make their debut appearance at the annual Summer Stage concert in Central Park next month along with Oliver Mtukudzi and The Black Spirits, a group with origins in Zimbabwe that have been performing since 1979, and the Paris-based West African musician Fatoumata Diawara who was born in Ivory Coast and raised in Mali. DJ sets will be led by Ethiopian-born Sirak Getachew of NYC.

“The Krar Collective have developed a distinctive style based on the reworking of traditional songs from their native land,” said an announcement from the City Parks Foundation (CPF). “Krar Collective provide their audiences with a colorful blend of dynamic roots music from different regions and ethnic traditions, but with a contemporary edge, plugged-in and funked-up.”

For DJ Sirak, who arranged the groups’s participation at this year’s Summer Stage (his third), the open air show is an extension of his passion for the art as the co-founder of Africology, an entertainment venture started together with his friend, Kalab Berhane, a few years ago here in New York to promote African music to American audiences. His past work at the venue include DJing with the Idan Raichel project, the Israeli musical ensemble featuring singers from Ethiopia.

“Our goal is serve as a conduit for both up-and-coming and accomplished African artists of all kinds to explore the world stage,” Sirak told Tadias. It’s a step by step process.”

Regarding his own skills as a disc jokey, “[Sirak's] endeavors as a DJ help to break down the cultural barriers through the medium of music,” CPF notes in its press release. “Sirak matches the beats of artists like the Notorious B.I.G and dead prez to the up-tempo drums and breaks from his homeland.” CPF stated: “The fusion is his way of bridging the culture gap between the communities of the Americas and Africa. His sets not only spice up the dance floor, but also add heat to the debate over the origin of rhythm driven hip-hop beats.”

Sirak said he is looking forward to collaborating with Krar Collective in July. “They are following Fendika,” he said. “I like their new and creative way of presenting our traditional music to a global audience.”

In an article published in September of 2012, The Guardian highlighted Krar Collective as “one of the most rousing, reliable new African bands of the year.” Per CPF: “Their first album, Ethiopia Super Krar, featuring their 6-stringed krar lyre, kebero drums and the powerful vocals of singer Genet Assefa, serves up some mind-blowing Ethiopian grooves.”

If You Go:
July 21st, 2013 | 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Central Park
More info and directions at www.cityparksfoundation.org

Related:
Video: Watch Krar Collective on BBC Africa Beats
Summer of Ethiopian Music: Jano to Fendika, Teddy Afro to Mahmoud Ahmed (Tadias)

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DC Mayor’s Office on African Affairs Hosts Health Education Festival – June 1st

Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray arrives at the 2nd annual DC African Festival. (Photo courtesy the Mayor's Office on African Affairs)

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Events News

Published: Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) — The DC Mayor’s Office on African Affairs is hosting a networking and informational gathering this weekend targeting the District’s African residents. Organizers say the festival, entitled The DC African Wellness Fête, is designed to motivate positive health behavior within the community and increase awareness of local health services and resources.

The Health Education Festival, which takes place on Saturday, June 1st at Brightwood Education Campus, is spearheaded by TEAM Africa, the coordinating committee made up of DC government representatives, health professionals, community-based organizations and advocates.

Winta Teferi, a program analyst at the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs, told Tadias that they have been conducting “a door-to-door campaign to invite members of the Ethiopian, Nigerian and other communities to the event.”

The 3-month initiative includes an outreach and education program with workshops on general health literacy and nutrition that supports Mayor Gray’s city-wide plan for “facilitating greater access to quality health care, by increasing education about healthy living habits and by reducing HIV/AIDS rates in the District.”

The June 1st festival will “showcase a diverse array of interactive activities,” Winta said, that promote culture-based lifestyle changes as well as a number of government and community-based exhibitors who will help facilitate access to health information, testing and services.

“Having safe and healthy communities to live in is a basic and fundamental right to which all residents are entitled,” Mayor Gray said in a statement. “I look forward to working together as one city to help encourage healthy behaviors and improve health, education, wellness and outreach in critical areas that affect every District resident.”

Prior research has shown that stigma, language, and cultural incompatibility are key contributors to health disparities and barriers to access for the District’s African immigrant communities.

If You Go:
Saturday, June 1, 2013 | 12pm – 4pm
Brightwood Education Campus | 1300 Nicholson St. NW
Learn more at www.oaa.dc.gov.

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Ethiopia Public Health Forum in DC | Keynote by Minister of Health

This event is scheduled for Saturday, June 1st, 2013 at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, a division of Johns Hopkins University based in Washington, D.C. (Image: EGI)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Washington, D.C (TADIAS) – Ethiopia’s Minister of Health Kesetebirhan Admasu will deliver the keynote address at a gathering in Washington, D.C this weekend hosted by The Ethiopian Global Initiative (EGI).

“The 2013 EGI Ethiopia Public Health Forum (#EPHF2013) provides a unique opportunity to discuss the most pressing health challenges in Ethiopia,” the event announcement said. “The Forum features a diverse group of participants and guests from the United States and Ethiopia organized under the theme ‘Beyond the Stigma of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.’”

Others speakers include Dr. Dawit Assefa, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Amanuel Mental Hospital in Addis Ababa, and Dr. Yonas E. Geda, an Associate Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The program also lists Mr. Alemayehu Haile, a mental health specialist from the District of Columbia, as a panelists, and Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman, CEO of Danya International, as the moderator.

If You Go:
Saturday, June 1, 2013
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Kenney Auditorium
Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
Learn more at www.ethgi.org.

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Atlanta Fundraiser Benefitting Clinic at a Time

Mulusew Yayehyirad wrote the book "You Can Make Injera" to support her organization 'Clinic at a Time.'

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Events News

Published: Wednesday, May 5th, 2013

Atlanta (TADIAS) — The U.S. based non-profit organization Clinic at a Time that works with rural public hospitals in Ethiopia to expand their existing facility and services, announced that it will hold a fundraiser this weekend at Lona Gallery in downtown Lawrenceville, Georgia.

The founder, Mulusew Yayehyirad, a nurse who lives in Madison, Wisconsin, said the event is scheduled for Saturday, May 18th; it’s titled “A Night of Hope” and will raise funds for a construction of four room maternal care recovery unit inside Bichena Clinic in the Gojam region.

The dinner is being hosted by Kindred and Meredith Howard, adoptive parents of twin brothers from northwestern Ethiopia, who lost their mother due to birth complications and lack of medical attention.

“What if Marta [the twins' late mother] had access to maternity care?” the couple said in a statement. “What if there was a clinic nearby that Marta could have gone to while in labor instead of giving birth in her mud hut alone, while her husband was walking for hours to find the closest midwife to help her?”

“Our goal is to reduce these problems by assisting to improve what’s already working,” Mulu said.

According to the UN Population Fund 1 in 14 Ethiopian women face the risk of death during pregnancy and childbirth due to largely preventable health injuries. “To be honest, for me the clinics have not changed much since I was a child,” added Mulu who grew up in the region. “It’s mostly as I remember it.”

“People travel for days to get to the clinic, but they have to sit outside in the sun once they get there because that’s the waiting area,” Mulu said. “If we can build a patient waiting space, that’s one progress. In addition if we include laboratory equipment, delivery beds, etc, all contribute to the betterment of the present resource.”

Besides her book You Can Make Injera, which the nurse authored to generate revenue for Clinic at a Time, Mulu pointed out that the event will also feature Ethiopian cuisine catered by Piassa Restaurant and American food by Mimi Maumus.

If You Go:
A Night Of Hope: Fundraiser Benefitting Clinic at a Time, Inc.
Hosted By: Kindred & Meredith Howard
Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)
Lawrenceville, GA
Click here to buy tickets.
Learn more at www.clinicatatime.org.

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Passport DC 2013: Photo Exhibition at the Ethiopian Embassy

(Image courtesy Cultural Tourism DC)

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Events News

Published: Saturday, May 4th, 2013

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) – Cultural Tourism DC, a nonprofit that promotes DC’s art and cultural heritage, is currently hosting the sixth annual Passport DC— a month-long celebration in May comprising of international programs and events around the city, including a tour of 70 embassies, street festivals, performances and exhibitions.

Today and tomorrow from 10 am to 4 pm, more than 40 embassies will open their doors to the public. The open house at the Ethiopian Embassy features an exhibit of 30 recent photographs of Ethiopia taken by Matt Andrea during his travels to Africa. Matt will be there to discuss his photos and provide information about traveling in the country. There will also be an ongoing Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony (with free samples), Ethiopian food and tej (for sale), and vendors selling handicrafts, clothes, jewelry, freshly-roasted coffee and books.
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If you Go:
The open house at the Ethiopian Embassy
3506 International Drive, NW
Washington, D.C.
More info at www.culturaltourismdc.org.
Click here to view and download a copy of this year’s program.

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Classical Piano Concert by Girma Yifrashewa in Brooklyn

Pianist and composer Girma Yifrashewa. (Photo courtesy ISSUE Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn)

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Published: Friday, May 3rd, 2013

New York (TADIAS) – Ethiopian classical pianist and composer Girma Yifrashewa is scheduled to perform at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn on June 8th.

“A highly accomplished performer of the romantic repertoire, Yifrashewa has chosen to remain in Ethiopia— where classical music is far from a dominant practice— forging a classical tradition for his own country,” organizers said in a press release. “Using traditional tunes as a foundation, Yifrashewa’s compositions combine the ecstasy of Ethiopian harmony with the grandeur of virtuoso piano technique into an effortlessly enjoyable, heady mixture. In this solo piano concert, Yifrashewa performs works by Chopin, Schumann, Debussy, and Mozart, as well as a set of his own Ethiopian informed compositions.”

Girma, who was born in Addis Ababa in 1967, is a graduate of the Yared School of Music and the Sofia State Conservatory of Music in Bulgaria.

“It was in Bulgaria that he made an impact as a solo pianist, performing the works of Schumann, Schubert, Chopin and Debussy, throughout the country until his return to East Africa in 1995,” the event announcement said.
 “He has a preference and well-determined approach to the music of Bach as well as Mozart and Beethoven.”

“Yifrashewa returned to Ethiopia in 1995, teaching piano at the Yared School of Music until 2001. He received scholarships for short-term specialization courses from the British and German Governments, at the Royal Academy of Music in London (1997) and at the Hochschule fur Music Und Theater in Leipzig (1999). Currently Yifrashewa works to promote Ethiopian and Classical Music throughout the continent and beyond.”

Read more at Issue Project Room Org.


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If You Go:
Sat, June 8, 2013 – 8:00pm
TICKETS | $15 / $12 members + students
ISSUE PROJECT ROOM
22 Boerum Place
Downtown Brooklyn
Phone: 718-330-0313
www.issueprojectroom.org

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National Mental Health Awareness Month – Community Forum In DC

Photos from past community forum events in Washington, D.C. (Image credit: Filmstock Inc)

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By Tsedey Aragie

Published: Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Washington, DC (TADIAS) – This is Mental Health Awareness Month and I will be moderating another public session on the topic on Monday, May 6th at the Shaw Library in D.C. The conference is the latest in a series of events on the subject designed to spur outreach and awareness efforts in our community. We especially encourage people with skills in health care to participate in the forum. During our last meeting it was highlighted that there is an under-utilized wealth of Ethiopian & Eritrean medical professionals among the East African populations in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Often behavioral health experts are at the forefront of this fight and your input is essential in our ongoing conversation.

“It is up to all of us to know the signs of mental health issues and lend a hand to those who are struggling,” President Obama said in the proclamation making May Mental Health Awareness Month. “Shame and stigma too often leave people feeling like there is no place to turn. We need to make sure they know that asking for help is not a sign of weakness — it is a sign of strength.”

The organization My Love in Action, which is currently conducting a needs assessment survey in our community, is hosting the upcoming town hall. As you know, particularly among Ethiopian and Eritrean immigrants, the stigma associated with mental illness has led to many unnecessary tragedies and it is important for us to uproot this problem as a shared responsibility. We encourage everyone to take part in the dialogue. We have some great programs, workshops and speakers lined up. And as always, your feedback is going to be very valuable.

For those who live outside Washington, you can still partake via a conference call (see info below) or follow the discussion live online.

IF you go:
Date: Monday May 6th
Time: 6pm sharp
Address: 1620 7th St NW, Washington D.C. 20001
Location: Watha T. Daniel Shaw Library (downstairs)
Phone conference: (267) 507-0240 pin #939807
Live Stream Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/filmstockinc
More information at www.myloveinaction.org
Follow updates on twitter @MyLoveInAction.

Related:
Report From Second Community Forum on Mental Health – Video
Dr. Welansa Asrat on Mental Health Taboo in the Ethiopian Community

Watch: Video Clips – ’2nd Community Forum on Mental Health,’ December 15th, 2012


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2013 Global Diaspora Forum in D.C.

(Photo courtesy Diaspora Engagement Alliance)

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Event News

Updated: Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Washington, DC (TADIAS) – The third annual Global Diaspora Forum will open on May 13th at the headquarters of USAID in Washington, D.C. with follow-up events scheduled for Tuesday, May 14th at the State Department. The gathering will feature multi-city satellite conferences connecting Los Angeles, Dublin, and Silicon Valley.

The 2013 Global Diaspora Forum theme is entitled ‘Where Ideas Meet Action,’ and the event
“provides the platform to discover inspiring stories from prominent diaspora figures in American popular culture, demonstrate exemplary initiatives in international development and diplomacy undertaken by diasporans of all generations, and showcase methods of organization and cultural bridge-building that encourage next-generation diasporans to connect with their countries of heritage.”

USAID will hosts the official opening of the two-day forum on Monday at the Ronald Reagan Building (Pavilion Room) with a breakfast reception and an “all-star” conversation with Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

The afternoon lineup for the first day include symposiums hosted by various organizations around the Capital “showcasing the diversity of American diaspora communities, provide the opportunity to convene leaders and engage in a dialogue on wide range of relevant diaspora issues and engagement,” the program noted. “Events range from panels or roundtable discussions, to lunches, receptions, and networking events. Open to the public but may require participant reservations with individual event organizations.”

The second day of activities takes place on Tuesday, May 14th at the U.S. Department of State and will be headlined with a keynote address by Secretary of State John Kerry.

There will be live Q & A sessions and GDF Twitter feed throughout the day as well as online-streaming from L.A, Dublin, Ireland and Silicon Valley.

If you have questions about this year’s Global Diaspora Forum or would like to host your own satellite event, please download a copy of the Global Diaspora Forum FAQ fact sheet or contact info@diasporaalliance.org. Learn more at www.diasporaalliance.org. Or you can follow updates on Twitter @DiasporaIdea.

Related:
Kerry to Attend 50th Anniversary African Union Summit in Ethiopia

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Julie Mehretu: ‘Liminal Squared’ Opening Soon in New York and London

The Marian Goodman Gallery in New York and the White Cube gallery in London have announced the May opening of "Liminal Squared," an exhibition by Julie Mehretu that will be showing in both cities through late June and early July 2013. (Photo Credit: ©Sarah Rentz)

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Events News

Updated: Monday, April 29, 2013

New York (TADIAS) – There are two major upcoming solo exhibitions in New York and London featuring works by Ethiopian-born painter Julie Mehretu entitled Liminal Squared. The NYC event will mark the artist’s inaugural show at the Marian Goodman Gallery, which is scheduled to open on May 11th and remain on display through June 22, 2013, while the presentation in England will take place at the White Cube Bermondsey from May 1st to July 7th, 2013.

“A series of new paintings will be on view as well as a suite of five new etchings,” the announcement from Marian Goodman Gallery said. “The works were created over the past three years in New York in the aftermath of events of the Arab Spring which were the point of departure for the monumentally scaled Mogamma (In Four Parts), 2012, recently presented at Documenta (13), 2012, Kassel.”

According to the gallery the paintings “follow a group exhibition In Praise of Doubt at Punta dell Dogana, Venice in 2011; and a recent presentation of her Mind Breath and Beat drawings at our Paris space in January-March 2013.”

In London, White Cube gallery said it is pleased to present an exhibition by Julie Mehretu. “This is Mehretu’s first major solo exhibition in London and will feature new and recent paintings, some of which will be presented within a specially constructed environment designed by David Adjaye in close collaboration with the artist,” the gallery said in a press release. “Described by curator Douglas Fogle as ‘perfect metaphors for the increasingly interconnected and complex character of the 21st century’, Mehretu’s large-scale paintings, which are built up in layers, employ a broad lexicon of drawing techniques together with a precise, muscular abstraction to investigate the intersection of politics, architecture and history and the way these forces shape the formation of our social identity.”

Julie, who was born in Addis Ababa in 1970 and immigrated to the United States with her family in 1977, is one of two Ethiopian-born artists whose work is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art — along with Skunder Boghossian. She has received numerous international recognition for her work including the American Art Award from the Whitney Museum of American Art and the prestigious MacArthur Fellow award. She had residencies at the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston (1998–99), the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2001), the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2003), and the American Academy in Berlin (2007).

Below is a link to a highlight of Julie’s forthcoming New York and London show in Vogue Magazine.

Photos: Julie Mehretu in May 2013 issue of Vogue Magazine

If You Go:
New York
JULIE MEHRETU
LIMINAL SQUARED
MAY 11 – JUNE 22, 2013
Opening reception: May 11, 6-8 pm
MARIAN GOODMAN GALLERY
24 WEST 57TH STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10019
TELEPHONE 212-977-7160
FAX 212-581-5187
Email: Goodman@mariangoodman.com
Learn more at Marian Goodman Gallery.

London
JULIE MEHRETU
LIMINAL SQUARED
1 May – 7 July 2013
South Galleries, Bermondsey
144 – 152 Bermondsey Street
London SE1 3TQ
Learn more at White Cube.

Related:
Interview with Julie Mehretu (TADIAS)

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20th Annual New York African Film Festival

Still image from Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembène's film Guelwaar. (Photo credit: Film Society LC)

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Events News

Published: Sunday, April 7th, 2013

New York (TADIAS) – The New York African Film Festival, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, is currently underway at the Film Society of Lincoln Center through Tuesday, April 9th. The festival also includes a panel discussion at Columbia University’s Institute of African Studies on Thursday, April 18th as well as events to be held at the Maysles Cinema Institute in Harlem (May 2nd-6th) and at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Dance-Africa festival from May 24th to 27th.

“Under the banner ‘Looking Back, Looking Forward: 20 Years of the New York African Film Festival‘, our 2013 edition is dedicated to commemorating half a century of African cinema and two decades of work introducing American audiences to the best of this cinema and its protagonists,” the press release said. “To celebrate its 20th anniversary, NYAFF is paying homage to Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembène – the ‘father of African cinema’ – and to the first generation of African filmmakers, while passing the baton to a new group of storytellers who continue to challenge our understanding of the continent.”

Several featured filmmakers will attend screenings of their movies and subsequent Q&A sessions.

The panel at Columbia University is free and open to the public. The press release notes that it “examines how the next generation of African media makers are using new technological tools in exciting and still evolving ways to amplify their voices and find new audiences. These media makers’ use of Skype, cell phones, portable cameras has heralded a new generation that is playing by new rules.”

Featuring “filmmakers, new media distributors, critics, and academics” the panel “will offer insight into this rich and stimulating filmscape. In celebration of this new media, one panelist will participate via Skype. Film clips will also be shown.”

Below is a trailer to one of the movies highlighted at the festival, Nairobi Half Life, a Kenyan drama directed by David ‘Tosh’ Gitonga. It was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 2013 Academy Awards.



If You Go:

2013 NY African Film Festival | List of Venues

FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th St.,
between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave, Upper Level.
Tickets: General Admission $13
Directions: 1 train to 66th Street.
Bus: M5, M7, M10, M11, M66 and M104.

MAYSLES CINEMA
343 Malcolm X Blvd / Lenox Ave
(Between 127th and 128th Streets)
Tickets: Suggested donation $10
email: cinema@mayslesinstitute.org
phone: (212)537-6843
Directions: Take #2 or #3 train to 125th Street.

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
Teachers College, 525 West 120th Street
(on 120th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave.)
Room TBA. No admission fee.
Directions: Take #1 train to 116th.
Columbia University, 606 West 122nd Street,
New York, NY 10027 (between Broadway and Claremont).
No admission fee.
Directions: Take #1 train to 116th or 125th Street.

BAMcinématek @ BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Avenue in Brooklyn.
Tickets: $12 per screening
Buy online at BAM.org/BAMcinematek
Phone: 718-777-FILM (theater ID #545)
Directions: take the C train to Lafayette; the N, R, D or M train to Pacific; the #2, #3, #5 train to Nevins; or the G train to Fulton.

Click here to learn more about African Film Festival Inc.

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