Events Section

Ethiopian Community of Greater Philadelphia Celebrates 30th Anniversary

(Image courtesy: The Ethiopian Community Association of Greater Philadelphia - ECAGP)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Philadelphia (TADIAS) – September 27th is officially designated as “Ethiopia Day” in Philadelphia by the city council. And this year the day also marks the 30th anniversary of the Ethiopian Community Association of Greater Philadelphia, which is the oldest African community organization in Pennsylvania. The association announced that the outdoor festivities this coming weekend will include a street fair, music, children’s games and keynote addresses by Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and Ethiopian filmmaker Professor Haile Gerima.

The event will take place on 44th and Chestnut Street, which organizers say will be blocked off for the occasion. The entertainment line-up features live performances by Asfaw Jeb Jeb, Abinet Girma (Tinishu Tilahun) and Daniel Gebril on keyboards.


If You Go:
Ethiopian Day in Philadelphia
When: September 27th, 2014
Time: 11 am – 5:00 pm
Where: 44th and Chestnut Streets
Ethiopian Community Assoc.
4400 Chestnut St. – 1st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19105
TEL: 215.222.8917
www.ethiophilly.org

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Panel Discussion: Land Grabbing – Raising Awareness With Multimedia

(Images courtesy: Photoville)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) – An upcoming panel discussion at Photoville in Brooklyn hopes to raise awareness about “land grabbing” as a complex international and environmental phenomenon. According to organizers the experts will address the subject “using land grabbing as a case study, photographer Alfredo Bini and media executive Greg Moyer meet with non-profit organizations and researchers to discuss the potential for issue-based multimedia storytelling.”

Presented by Blue Chalk Media & The University of Virginia, with the participation of Human Rights Watch, Grassroots International, and Why Hunger, the panel discussion scheduled for Sunday, September 21st, also features Iain Levine, program director at Human Rights Watch, Paolo D’Odorico, Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia, and Saulo Araujo, Director of the Global Movements Program at WhyHunger.

“Lately there have often been shortcomings in providing in depth coverage for stories like this because, due to space restrictions on the traditional media outlets, even more often the articles have focused only on specific aspects rather than the phenomenon as a whole,” states the announcement. “In spite of these limits, how can photography and multimedia be used as a tool for raising awareness? Conveying in-depth information and analysis about controversial issues requires time and long-term research in an age when the public’s attention level is dwindling and increasingly focused on breaking news and sound bytes.”

This presentation will take place in the Photoville Talk Area – located at the storefront of One Brooklyn Bridge Park at corner of Joralemon Street & Furman Street.


If You Go:
Land Grabbing: Raising Awareness with Multimedia
When: Sunday, September 21, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
Where: Photoville
One Brooklyn Bridge Park
Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park
www.eventbrite.com

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Bay Area Art Installation & Festival Featuring Ethiopian and Eritrean Artists

(Image courtesy: thehomeawayfromhome.org)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Press Release

Home [away from] Home is an experimental art installation featuring artists in the Ethiopian and Eritrean communities of the Bay Area, culminating in a weekend-long festival of visual arts, music, dance, poetry, & food, around next year’s Eritrean and Ethiopian Ge’ez New Year (Sept 11, 2014) wrapping up with the grand finale festival taking place on Lake Merrit Sunday 9/14/2014.

The mission of this project serves as a metaphor for African immigrants in the diaspora trying to build a home in America while maintaining and sharing their cultural identity in the USA. With a respect for the unique histories of the Ethiopian and Eritrean peoples, we intend to highlight the art, music, and culture that brings immigrants from these two communities together while exploring the theme of “Home (Away From) Home”.

Home [away from] Home is the brain child of Ethiopian American singer Meklit Hadero, Eritrean American filmmaker Sephora Woldu, and Ethiopian American musician Ellias Fullmore. The project is supported by YBCA In Community, a new initiative created by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA).

YBCA , an arts and culture organization recognized locally, nationally, and globally for its dedication to artistic innovation, has a committed long-term vision to place contemporary art at the heart of community life around the world, making them a natural and powerful ally for such a project.

YBCA In Community is also made possible through the generous support of The James Irvine Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Abundance Foundation.


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Miss Africa USA: Meron Wudneh Thanks Her Supporters

Miss Africa USA 2014 Meron Wudneh. (Image courtesy: Miss Africa USA)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Friday, September 5th, 2014

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) – The reigning queen of the Miss Africa USA pageant, Meron Wudneh, will be hosting an event this weekend in Washington, D.C. to thank her supporters. The event to be held at Maraki Restaurant & Lounge (1930 9th Street NW) is free and open to the public.

Meron was crowned Miss Africa USA 2014 last month becoming the first Ethiopian to win the pageant since it was launched in 2005.



If You Go:
Maraki Restaurant & Loung
1930 9th Street NW
Washington, D.C.
www.marakidc.com

Related:
Ethiopian Meron Wudneh Crowned Miss Africa USA 2014

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Ethiopia Festival In Chicago – September 13

(Photos courtesy: Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago - ECAC)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Press release | By ECAC

CHICAGO – The Auxiliary Board of the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago (ECAC) officially welcomes the entire greater Chicago area to participate in a celebration of rich culture in Edgewater’s Senn High School on Saturday, September 13, 2014. The event helps commemorate the ECAC’s 30th anniversary, and occurs the day after Ethiopian New Year (Enqutatash) celebrations.

“This festival is a continued celebration of the ECAC’s thirty years of service to Ethiopians in the Chicago community,” said Sergut Dejene, President of the ECAC Auxiliary Board and co-founder of the festival. “Our aim is to unite all generations of Ethiopians in the area for a day of cultural enrichment and family bonding, while showcasing our culture for the greater Chicago community.”

Local vendors will offer traditional Ethiopian food, arts and crafts, and more for purchase. The event will also feature music, live traditional dance performances, and interactive cultural displays. Kids will also enjoy many fun filled activities, so the entire family is invited.

For 30 years, the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago (ECAC) has empowered over 20,000 refugees and immigrants from countries in Africa, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. The ECAC is a not-for-profit, non-political, tax-exempt organization committed to serving the educational, cultural, psychological, and socio-economic needs of Ethiopians in Chicago land and the surrounding areas.


If You Go:
For tickets please visit www.ethiofestchicago.com. More information is also available at www.facebook.com/ecacauxiliary.

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In Pictures: Grammy-nominated Ethiopian Singer Wayna at Ginny’s in Harlem

Wayna live at Ginny’s Supper Club in Harlem, New York on Thursday, August 14th, 2014. (Photo: Tadias)

Tadias Magazine

By Tadias Staff

Published: Saturday, August 16th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) – Singer and songwriter Wayna told her audience that she had her second baby only four months ago, and is blessed to have the support of her family so she can continue to do what she loves most – sing. Her energetic show at Ginny’s Supper Club in Harlem on August 14th highlighted new songs from her latest album, The Expats, and previous hits. Wayna also made a tribute to her mother, Tidenekialesh Emagnu.

The Ethiopian-born artist was nominated for a Grammy award for her song Loving You on her first album Moments of Clarity.

Below are a few photos from Wayna’s Concert at Ginny’s Supper Club:



Related:
Ethiopian Pianist Girma Yifrashewa’s Stellar Performance in Bethesda

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Ninth Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum and Awards Dinner Held in DC (Video)

The 9th Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum held in Washington, D.C. on August 2nd, 2014. (Photos by Matt Andrea)

The Ethiopian American

Press Release

Washington, D.C. – The 9th Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum and the 4th Pioneer Diaspora Business Person Award Dinner were successfully held in Washington, D.C. on August 2 and 3, respectively.

The annual event held under the theme “Investing in Ethiopia’s Emerging Technology Sector”, recognized three Diaspora entrepreneurs and inventors for their pioneering work in Diaspora investment in Ethiopia.

With various speakers drawn from the Ethiopian Diaspora community and beyond engaged in the technology business both in Ethiopia and in the U.S., this year’s Forum was marked by extensive discussions on the opportunities, challenges and potential partnership possibilities in the technology sector in Ethiopia.

Organized by The Ethiopian American – a U.S-based Ethiopian Diaspora business and investment group – the Forum and the Awards Dinner held at the George Washington University and Grand Hyatt Washington (Hotel), respectively, attracted record hundreds of Ethiopian Diasporas from Ethiopia and America as well as non-Ethiopians interested in business and investment in Ethiopia.

A unique feature this year’s event was a Private Equity Pitch Session for small and micro enterprises (SMEs) that are looking for early stage and expansion capital. The Ethiopian American has recruited Private Equity firms that are interested in investing in SMEs in Africa and potentially in the U.S. The session was held privately at The George Washington University Business School on the morning of August 2 where several Ethiopian Diaspora-owned businesses presented debt and equity investment opportunities for U.S. private equity firms whose representatives raised various questions after listening to the presentations.

“This year’s Forum raised the bar for excellence in terms of the quality of programs, speakers and the record turnout,” said Yohannes Assefa, Executive Director of the Forum. “We are really encouraged by the success of our first Private Equity Pitch Session and we hope to scale up this important financing avenue for our members with bigger and better Private Equity firms next year and beyond”.

Another element of the Forum which has been growing more popular every year since its introduction in 2011, the Pioneer Ethiopian Diaspora Business Person Award, was this time given to two diaspora entrepreneurs who have introduced innovations in business that have significantly and positively affected business practices with long-term results in Ethiopia.

Munir Duri, Founder and CEO of Kifiya Financial Technology PLC, and Daniel Gizaw, CEO of dVentus Technology PLC, have jointly won the 2014 Pioneer Diaspora Business Person of the Year Award.

Kifiya (www.kifiya.com) is an innovative financial solution that has made financial and non-financial services in Ethiopia simple, affordable and within reach while dVentus Technology (www.dventus.com) is a unique venture in Ethiopia focusing on state of the art technology ranging from system integration to energy efficiency solutions for renewable energy and advanced transportation.

The juries selected Munir and Daniel among several nominees through series of screening stages and procedures that took several weeks ahead of the event.

Another unique feature at the 2014 Forum was the Diaspora Business Champion Award, which was given to Addis Alemayehou, Founder and Managing Partner of 251 Communications, for his outstanding contributions in strengthening diaspora businesses through various supports.

“The successful conclusion of this year’s edition of the Forum and the Award Award is yet another milestone in the growth of the Forum,” said Yohannes Assefa, Managing Director of the Virginia-based The Ethiopian American LLC. “As we successfully conclude the 9th edition, we are embarking on major preparations for the 10th Anniversary of the Forum coming in 2015, which will see a new level of engagement by the Ethiopian Diaspora.”

Jointly sponsored by the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Airlines, The George Washington University Business School, Fairfax Africa Fund, AltourTech, Kabu Coffee, Info Mind Solutions, among others, the Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum and its annual magazine – The Ethiopian American – have for the past nine years served the diaspora as reliable platforms to discuss opportunities and challenges of doing business in Ethiopia.



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Founders of Ethiopian Academy of Sciences

The Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (EAS) headquarters in Addis Ababa. (Photo courtesy: EAS)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Friday, July 8th, 2014

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) – Founders of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (EAS) Professor Masresha Fetene (Plant Ecophysiologist & EAS Executive Director) and Dr. Brhane Gebrekidan (Agronomist and EAS Vice President) will be speaking at Sankofa Video & Books in Washington, DC on Thursday, August 14.

Organizers say the presentation entitled “Building a Knowledge Society in Ethiopia” is open to the public and will focus on their efforts to advance scientific innovation and knowledge in Ethiopia: “The purpose of this discussion is to introduce this organization to the diaspora community, expand the Academy’s network, and explore partnership opportunities.”

Per the announcement: “The Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (EAS) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2010 in Addis Ababa to promote scientific culture and innovation and advance knowledge of the sciences in Ethiopia. Understanding the critical role that science academies play as a strong public voice for the promotion of both scientific excellence and science-based development, Professor Masresha and his colleagues founded the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences in 2010. Founding members shared the belief that a strong scientific community enables citizens to address critical economic, environmental, and social issues in systematic and effective ways. One of the objectives of the Academy is to promote scientific culture in Ethiopia and to nurture interest and curiosity in science. It is to inspire people to engage with science-related activities and pursue science as an enjoyable and worthy pursuit. The goal is to ultimately produce a scientifically and technologically literate and informed citizenry that empowers people to make informed decisions on issues that have bearing on their day-to-day lives. EAS envisions Ethiopia developing upon sound scientific and technological bases and emerging among those at the forefront of science and technology.”


If You Go:
Thursday, August 14, 2014
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sankofa Video & Books
2714 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington, D.C.
Phone:(202) 234-4755

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Wayna to Perform at Ginny’s in Harlem – August 14th

Wayna (Woyneab Wondwossen) is an Ethiopian-born, Grammy-nominated R&B singer. (Courtesy photo)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Friday, July 8th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) – iRock Jazz Presents Wayna at Ginny’s Supper Club in Harlem on Thursday, August 14th.

Ethiopian-born singer Wayna Wondwosen paid tribute to her mother, Tidenekialesh Emagnu, in her first album Moments of Clarity, and she was nominated for a Grammy award for her song Loving You.

“Her life in Washington DC exposed her to the problems facing immigrant communities,” the event announcement notes. “Recently, Wayna released her music video for My Love, a song that tells the story of a woman trapped in a relationship with an abusive husband. The video features fellow Ethiopian musician B Sheba and Tsdale Worku, who performs as Wayna’s mother. Her music is an empowering blend of the soulfully spiritual and playful. For inspiration, Wayna looks to her mentor Stevie Wonder, as well as many other musicians she’s worked with over the years.”

Ethiopian food and drink specials will be served at Wayna’s show to celebrate the upcoming Ethiopian New Year.


If You Go:
Wayna at Ginny’s Supper Club
Thursday, August 14th, 2014
Showtime: 8:30 PM
310 Lenox Ave.
New York, NY, 10027
Tickets at www.ticketfly.com

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Speakers and Honorees at 4th Annual Ethiopian Heritage Festival This Weekend

(Image courtesy: Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) Ethiopia’s Poet Laureate – the late Tsegaye Gebremedhin – and the Zone 9 bloggers are among those who will be recognized at the 4th Annual Ethiopian Heritage Festival, which kicks off this weekend in Silver Spring, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

The opening ceremonies are scheduled to commence on the evening of Friday, July 25th at Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza and features speeches, poetry reading, art show and drama. The speakers list includes Captain Guta Dinka (The Man Who Saved Mandela), and MIT freshman Naome Marie of San Jose, California who was accepted to four Ivy League schools earlier this year before deciding to attend MIT. The keynote address will be delivered by human rights activists Obang Metho, the head the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia.

Organizers note that the annual cultural celebration, hosted by the Ethiopian Heritage Society in North America (EHSNA), continues on Saturday and Sunday (July 26th and July 27th) at Georgetown University with various “family-friendly outdoor events and activities” including soccer, music, food and colorful displays highlighting several arts & crafts vendors.

Per EHSNA: “The aim of the heritage festival is to educate Ethiopian youngsters about Ethiopian history, culture, and traditions, as well as the contributions that Ethiopians have made in the United States.”

If You Go:
Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 6:PM
1 Veterans Pl
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 202.596.1964, 410.241.4764, or 301.706.3162
More info at ehsna.org/heritage-festival.

Saturday, July 26th and Sunday, July 27th
Georgetown University
3700 O Street
Washington, D.C. 20057
Phone: 202.596.1964, 410.241.4764, or 301.706.3162
More info at ehsna.org/heritage-festival.

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Center for the Rights of Ethiopian Women (CREW) Fundraising Event in DC

At the 2014 International Conference of Ethiopian Women in the Diaspora. (Photo: by Kebadu Belachew)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) – Center for the Rights of Ethiopian Women (CREW) will be holding a fundraising event on August 2, 2014 at Howard University’s Blackburn Center in Washington, D.C. The event includes a panel on “The Role of Civil Society on Human Rights Issues.”

Since the organization was founded two years ago, it has hosted several events highlighting issues that are pertinent to Ethiopian women worldwide, including most notably the plight of female Ethiopian domestic workers in Middle Eastern countries. The Center for the Rights of Ethiopian Women ”has launched a campaign to create awareness and to challenge the international community to address their situation,” states Dr. Maigenet Shifferraw, President of CREW, in her message explaining the mission of the U.S.-based non-profit.

“Other critical issues related to the rights of Ethiopian women worldwide are also being addressed,” Maigenet adds. “Our members are committed to building a credible and strong independent women’s organization that will stand firmly for the respect of the rights of Ethiopian women worldwide. We believe that women’s rights are human rights. Understanding the complex issues of gender equality in the context of the political, cultural and economic milieu in Ethiopia is important. A transformative approach is required in order to empower women so that they could advance their rights. Ethiopian women’s active involvement in order to bring about peace, equality and democracy is vital to the development of our society. CREW will collaborate with all organizations that promote the rights of women.”


If You Go:
Center for the Rights of Ethiopian Women (CREW)
Fundraising Event and Panel Discussion
Saturday, August 2, 2014
4pm – 11pm
Howard University Blackburn Center
2397 6th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20059
Telephone: 240-667-5227
www.centerforethiopianwomen.org

Photos: CREW Hosts the Third International Conference of Ethiopian Women in the Diaspora

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Book Talk on Emperor Tewodros of Ethiopia at Politics and Prose Bookstore in DC

(Image: From the book "Crossing Ethiopia: Retracing The Last March of Emperor Tewodros to Magdala")

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) – John Snyder, author of the new photography book Crossing Ethiopia, which chronicles his own journey retracing the last march of Emperor Tewodros of Ethiopia to Magdala to face a British army numbering over 60,000, initially thought of making a movie on the scale of Lawrence of Arabia to depict Tewodros’ epic confrontation with Victorian England over European hostages held by Tewodros including the English ambassador to Ethiopia. Snyder writes: “A chain of events that eventually brought in the massive British Expedition of 1867-1868 began when a new English consul, Charles Cameron, arrived to replace the murdered [former consul and close friend of Tewodros ], Walter Plowden.”

In October of 1862 Tewodros gave Cameron 1000 dollars and a letter “directing him to hand deliver” to Queen Victoria. “Cameron went only as far as northern Ethiopia from which he forwarded the letter on to England,” writes Snyder. “Returning in June of 1863 without a reply from Victoria, he incurred the wrath of Tewodros, who forbade his leaving the country until an answer was received.”

In the meantime mail had arrived from France containing a response to Tewodros’ letter to Napoleon III. Suffice it to say that the reply was not exactly what the Ethiopian Emperor was looking for, not to mention that it was not signed by the French King himself. Snyder notes that “after ripping the letter to shreds and trampling it underfoot,” Emperor Tewodros is quoted as saying: “I know the tactics of European Governments when they wish to acquire a possession of Oriental States. They first send missionaries, then consuls to support the missionaries, then armies to support the consuls. I am not a Rajah of Hindustan to be humbugged in that fashion. I prefer at once having to do with the armies.”

In 1868 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.” Snyder states 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.”

“Born in a remote province west of Lake Tana in 1818, Tewodros received a convent education that left him literate and deeply versed in the bible. After his teens, however, he did nothing but soldiering, getting his start as a shifta (bandit). A few followers gradually swelled into an army as he led them from one brilliant victory to another. By the age of 35, he had conquered all of highland Ethiopia and declared himself emperor. At his coronation in 1855, he cleverly designated himself Tewodros II, fulfilling a legend that 15th century King Tewodros I would eventually have a successor by the same name.”

History also records that Tewodros’ tenor as the crown holder was marked by his infamous killing sprees directed at his own domestic ‘enemies.’ Even his ill-fated letter to the Queen of England was full of macho imagery bordering on religious and ethnic fanaticism. In assuring Victoria that he is taking action to avenge the life of her former ambassador and his close friend Walter Plowden, Tewodros adds: “All men are subject to death, and my enemies, thinking to injure me, killing these my friends. But by the power of God I have exterminated these enemies, not leaving one alive, although they were my own family, that I may get, by the power of God, your friendship – I wish to have an answer to this letter by Consul Cameron and that he may go with my embassy to England…”

The author of Crossing Ethiopia: Retracing The Last March of Emperor Tewodros to Magdala, John Snyder, will be giving a book talk on July 27 in Washington, DC at Politics & Prose bookstore. “I am pleased to report that Foreword Reviews has just awarded Crossing Ethiopia Honorable Mention in the photography category of their 2013 IndieFab competition,” he shared.

If You Go:
DATE: SUNDAY, JULY 27
TIME: 1 PM
POLITICS & PROSE BOOKSTORE
5015 CONNECTICUT AVE., NW
WASHINGTON, DC 20016
202-364-1919
www.politics-prose.com

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Transport Officials From Five Countries to Visit Chicago Ahead of U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

Image Courtesy: Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) – High level officials from five of Africa’s largest economies: Algeria, Angola, Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa, are expected to visit Chicago this month for aviation and rail focused meetings hosted by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation. The visit will take place July 30 – August 1, 2014, prior to the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, which will be hosted by President Obama on August 5-6 in Washington DC.

Due to the level of the delegates and the brevity of the visit, we are told, it is unlikely that there will be any time for one-on-one meetings with U.S. companies at their offices. Rather the Chicago gatherings (open to the public) includes a “Welcome Reception” on Wednesday, July 30th at Willis Tower Skydeck on the 99th Floor (Participation Fee: $90 per US Business) as well as “Dinner on Transportation in Africa” scheduled for Thursday, July 31st at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park (Participation Fee: $120 per US Business).

“The African Leaders’ visit to Chicago, Illinois is designed to share the United States’ experience fostering economic growth through key infrastructure investments by highlighting U.S. expertise in the rail and aviation sectors,” stated the announcement from the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU), the organizer of the event. “The African Leaders’ visit is an opportunity for high level officials from five of Africa’s largest economies to convene with U.S. leaders to explore how investments in state-of-the-art transportation infrastructure drive economic growth.”

Organizers note that representatives from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) will also take part in the conference. The list of ministers confirmed to participate include Amar Tou (Minister of Transport of Algeria), Augusto da Silva Tomás (Minister of Transport of Republic of Angola), Workneh Gebeyehu (Minister of Transport of Ethiopia), Idris Audu Umar (Minister of Transport of Nigeria), and Elizabeth Dipuo Peters (Minister of Transport of South Africa).

Per BCIU: “Chicago’s economic strength, like many cities throughout the United States, was built by its strong transportation connections to trading partners across the country and around the world. Its aviation and rail links have enabled an interior city to become a major port for the movement of goods and passengers.”

Individuals and organizations interested to attend may contact ALVTransport@bciu.org for more information. Or visit: bciu.org

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Hailu Mergia at Lincoln Center NYC

Hailu Mergia backed by the band Low Mentality will be performing at David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center in New York City on Thursday, July 17, 2014. (Photograph Credit: NYT via atrium.lincolncenter.org)

Tadias Magazine
Tadias Staff

Published: Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) – Bandleader and multi-instrumentalist Hailu Mergia will play at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium on Thursday, July 17th at 7:30pm. The Ethiopian artist (who gained fame as an organist and keyboardist in the historic Walias and Zula bands) “borrows from the beauty of traditional Amharic, Tigrinya, and Oromo melodies to form swirling arrangements of keyboard, accordion, Rhodes piano, and Moog synthesizer,” organizers announced.

“In this performance, [Hailu] partners with Nikhil P. Yerawadekar’s Low Mentality for bass and beat-oriented rock and roll melded with Afro-pop, reggae, hip-hop, calypso, and more. The collective plans to release an abundance of new material in the coming year, culminating with its debut album.”

If You Go:
Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 7:30pm
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets
New York, NY
atrium.lincolncenter.org

Video: Hailu Mergia – Shemonmuanaye

Audio: Hailu Mergia and The Walias Band playing – Tche Belew

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2014 Face2face Africa Awards Preview

(Image: Courtesy Face2faceafrica)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Monday, July 14th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) – This month, the pan-African media company Face2face Africa will host an event in New York honoring “Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship” from the African continent. Among those to be recognized with an award include Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, Founder and CEO of Ethiopian shoe company SoleRebels, a Sudanese-British mobile communications entrepreneur and billionaire Dr Mohamed “Mo” Ibrahim, South Sudanese British model and designer Alek Wek, and Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Femi Kuti.

Face2face Africa Founder Isaac Boateng stated in a press release that his media venture is “committed to bringing quality programs” that highlight “the ingenuity” of the pan-African community. “From the young visionaries who are introducing innovative solutions to long-standing challenges, to the icons who have broken down barriers and made it possible for others to dream, we are committed to telling their phenomenal stories and honoring their contributions,” he said.

In a statement the Ethiopian honoree Bethlehem — who also recently launched a luxury leather goods company Republic of Leather — said she was “elated” by the recognition. “I feel deeply honored and excited to receive this award,” she shared. “It’s even more exciting to be in the company of my incredible fellow honorees.” Bethlehem added: “I salute my fellow awardees…It’s a dream to stand beside them.”

The award ceremony is set to take place on Saturday, July 26th at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

You can learn more about the award at www.face2faceafrica.com.

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Mahmoud Ahmed Live in Brooklyn – July 26

Mahmoud Ahmed (Photo: By Damian Rafferty)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) – Ethiopia’s music icon Mahmoud Ahmed will perform live in Red Hook, Brooklyn on Saturday, July 26th from 3-8pm. The event begins the summer concert series presented by ISSUE Project Room (who also sponsored the appearance of Ethiopian pianist and composer Girma Yifrashewa in Brooklyn last year) and Pioneer Works Center for Arts and Innovation where the indoor/outdoor concert will take place.

“A verified legend of African pop music, Mahmoud Ahmed led the wave of Ethiopian music’s ‘golden age’ in the 60s-70s with his notoriously energetic combination of traditional Amharic music with soul, jazz & funk,” organizers stated in their press release. “His multi-octave voice made him a household name in Ethiopia, and a star since nearly the moment he started recording. The ISSUE Project Room and Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation are pleased to present Mahmoud Ahmed live in Red Hook, Brooklyn—his first New York performance since 2011.” The organizers note that additional supporting acts will be announced shortly.

“Born in 1941 in Addis Ababa, Mahmoud Ahmed shined shoes before becoming a handyman at the city’s Arizona Club, where he first sang professionally with their house band in the early 1960s. He sang for the state-sanctioned Imperial Body Guard Band until 1974′s revolution, after which a 14-year moment of liberated creativity took hold in the country. Leading the Ibex Band, later renamed the Roha Band, Ahmed burst to the forefront of the country’s pop scene with a melding of dance beats, prominent brass and sax arrangements, and traditional pentatonic scales and circular rhythms. His classic 1975 record Eré Mèla Mèla, released in Europe in 1986, was for years the only example of modern Ethiopian music known to the West. Since the 90s Ahmed’s music has spread across the west through four separate releases devoted to his music in the award-winning Ethiopiques series (Buda Musique). Now in his 70s, Ahmed’s music has recently been reappraised with acclaimed, energetic performances internationally.”

Video: Mahmoud Ahmed and Gossaye Tesfaye – ADERA (2013)


If You Go:
Mahmoud Ahmed in Brooklyn, New York
Saturday, July 26th, 2014 – 3:00 – 8:00pm
At Pioneer Works:
159 Pioneer St., Brooklyn NY 11231
TICKETS: $20 General / $15 Members + Students
http://issueprojectroom.org/event/mahmoud-ahmed

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Photos: Teddy Afro at SummerStage in NYC
Ethiopian Pianist Girma Yifrashewa at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club

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The 9th Annual Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum and Award to be Held in Washington

Images from past Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum held in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy photographs)

Tadias Magazine
Events News | Press Release

Published: Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Washington, D.C. — The 9th Ethiopian Diaspora Business Forum and the 3rd Pioneer Diaspora Business Person of the Year Award will be held on August 2-3, 2014 at The George Washington University and Grand Hyatt Washington, respectively.

This year marks the 9th year since The Ethiopian American LL, a Virginia based Ethiopian Diaspora business and investment group with offices in New York, began organizing the annual business Forum.

This year, the Forum will review opportunities and challenges on “Investing in Ethiopia’s Emerging Technology Sector,” in recognition of the growing importance of technology as a key driver of innovation in the Ethiopian economy. Investments in the power sector will also be closely looked at as one of the most attractive investment and technology transfer areas where investment from the Diaspora is poised to make lasting impact. One of the highlights of the Forum will be a panel discussion on investing in renewable energy. Daniel Gizaw, CEO, dVentus Wind Technology PLC, Behailu Assefa, VP, Terra Global Energy Developers LLC and Samuel Tesfaye, CEO, Flatbush Solar LLC will discuss developments in the sector.

The Ethiopian American, the convener of the Forum, is also organizing this year for the first time a Private Equity Pitch Session (PE Pitch Session) for companies seeking early stage growth debt/equity financing in recognition of the growing interest of Private Equity firms in the Ethiopian economy.

Diaspora entrepreneurs in many ways have led the way in attracting a significant share of Private Equity investments in Ethiopia. The PE Pitch Session is organized with the view that more investment could be attracted if the opportunity is presented both to businesses and PE firms. Thus far, four PE firms and five companies have signed up for this year’s inaugural PE Pitch Session. It is to be recalled that last year’s Proof of Concept Competition was held successfully and the three finalist are currently being incubated with the help of USAID.

Meanwhile, the 2014 Ethiopian Diaspora Pioneer Businessperson Selection Committee is currently accepting nominations from the public. The Committee will announce the awardee by July 18, 2014.

The 2013 Pioneer Ethiopian Diaspora Business Person Award was given to Amman Fissehazion, CEO of Ethiopian Broadcasting Service (EBS) in recognition of his pioneering leadership in establishing the first Ethiopian commercial global satellite Television company.

The Forum and Awards Dinner are expected to attract a large number of Ethiopians from the Diaspora and Ethiopia as well as American businesses and professionals who are interested in business and investment opportunities in Ethiopian and the U.S.

“This Forum and Awards Dinner will show case the work of Ethiopian Diaspora entrepreneurs in the technology sector and will serve as a crucial platform for sharing ideas and information for Diaspora business and other interested in investing in Ethiopia,” said Yohannes Assefa, Executive Director of The Ethiopian American.

Both the Forum and Awards Dinner will be covered by EBS and will be viewed by about 20 million Ethiopians all over the world.

The Ethiopian Airlines, Ernst & Young Ethiopia, The George Washington University, Altour Tech, Comex PLC, Metad Agricultural Development PLC, the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, Info Mind Solutions, EBS, and Vivid PLC are some of the sponsors of this year’s Forum.

If You Go:
Registration is now open and can be made at www.theethiopianamerican.com.

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Ethio-Israeli Soul Singer Ester Rada Live in West Orange, New Jersey – July 1st

"You can’t have borders in music," says Ester Rada, who performs her adventurous, wide-ranging songs in West Orange, New Jersey on July 1st, 2014. (Photograph: Courtesy Ester Rada)

The Star Ledger

By Tad Hendrickson

Ethnic hybrids in music can be found today with such regularity that it’s seemingly now a rule more than the exception. But the strong sense of individuality that Ethiopian-Israeli singer Ester Rada gives to her mix of jazz, R&B, soul, African music, reggae and rock certainly stands out. As will the reason for it: She was born and raised in a small town of Kiryat Arba in the West Bank region to Jewish-Ethiopian parents, and this unique mix of traditions helped galvanize her to become the artist she is.

“When I was young I was very much confused,” says Rada, 29. “I didn’t know who I was — at home I had an Ethiopian culture, language and mentality, and outside I had a completely different thing. I thought I would have to choose a side. Only when I grew up did I realize I don’t have to choose. I am a lot of things and that is the beauty of us as human beings.”

It wasn’t until her family moved to the bigger Israeli city of Netanya when she was 10 years old that Rada discovered MTV and secular music.

“The mix of all that is what I am, and my music is the mix of who I am,” she adds. Her diverse musical vision and electrifying live performances make her an ideal debut performer for the new Roots & Ribs Festival at the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center in West Orange on July 1. While she’s toured extensively at home and in Europe and done smaller U.S. tours, Rada is in the midst of a 40-city North American run in support of her self-titled debut album, released in February.

Read more at The Star Ledger.



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Reflection: The 60th Anniversary of Emperor Haile Selassie’s Visit to OSU

The following article is written by Shaun Evans who is the son of Conrad and Joy Evans, Point Four staff members who worked in Ethiopia between 1956-1968. He was born in Jimma in 1964. (Photo: OSU)

Tadias Magazine
By Shaun Evans | OP-ED

Published: Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Stillwater, Oklahoma (TADIAS) – On Wednesday, June 18th, 2014, Oklahoma State University commemorated the 60th anniversary of a visit to their campus by Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. His Imperial Majesty was the first reigning foreign head of state to visit the state of Oklahoma. The Emperor brought a contingent of 19 persons with him to personally thank Oklahoma State University for their work in assisting Ethiopia in modernizing agriculture and education under the Point Four Program begun during U.S. President Harry S. Truman’s administration.

The event was hosted by the School of International Studies at Oklahoma State University, headed by Vice President of OSU, Dr. David Henneberry. A wide and varied group of people, including historians, film makers, former Point Four in Ethiopia participants, university staffers, and Ethiopian, American and International students alike, came to the grand auditorium within the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development to hear speakers talk about the significance of Emperor Haile Selassie and Ethiopia to Oklahoma and the U.S.

Presenters for the commemoration included Worede Gebremariam (President of the Ethiopian Student Association), Dr. Jack Herron Jr. (one of the first children of Oklahoma State University staff participants who built Jimma Agricultural and Technical School, now Jimma University), Dr. Ted Vestal (professor Emeritus of Political Science at OSU and a preeminent Ethiopia historian, author of “The Lion of Judah in the New World”), Dr. Barbara Stoecker (Regents Professor and Marilynn Thoma Chair of Nutritional Studies who has conducted research in Ethiopia for over 20 years), and Mel Tewahade (Director of the four part documentary series Point Four – Ethiopia, and another documentary Peace Corp – Ethiopia).

Worede Gebremariam gave a fine presentation on facts and figures that provided a wonderful base of understanding about the country of Ethiopia. His charming personality and professional nature elicited laughter and brought forth well thought out questions about Ethiopia from the participating crowd.

Dr. Jack Herron Jr. shared memories of what it was like to be a young teenager moving to Ethiopia with his parents who were undertaking a historically significant project to help Emperor Haile Selassie modernize his country through providing agricultural and technical assistance and learning directly to the people of Ethiopia. Dr. Herron’s father was one of the individuals responsible for establishing the agricultural extension programs that provide local farmers with an educated source of agricultural information for improving their farming techniques. Dr. Herron’s father was also responsible for starting the first 4-T Agricultural Youth Clubs modeled after the 4-H programs in the U.S. Dr. Herron described his time in Ethiopia as being magical, surrounded by beautiful and caring people and stunning natural beauty. He also remarked that the experience prepared him, and the other children of OSU staff, to have better understanding of people in general leading to above average success in their adult lives.

Dr. Theodore Vestal, shared his immense knowledge of the life of Emperor Haile Selassie and gave the audience members detailed glimpses into the time period in which the Emperor visited the U.S. as a Foreign Head of State (a record 6 times only matched by the Queen of England later in the 2000’s). The visit of the Emperor to Stillwater, Oklahoma was the biggest event on record for the U.S. state, featuring a dinner and reception at the newly constructed OSU Student Union (at that time the largest Student Union in the United States if not the world). During the evening’s program the university’s president, Oliver Willham presented Haile Selassie with a scroll expressing respect and sincere admiration for the emperor and a bronze plaque given “on behalf of the citizens of Oklahoma,” commemorating Oklahoma State University’s successful program of technical assistance and economic cooperation. Today, that plaque is prominently displayed on the campus of Ethiopia’s Haramaya University. It is estimated that the Emperor graciously shook the hand of over 1,400 attendees at the event by the end of the evening.

Dr. Barbara Stoecker informed the audience about her research which is conducted mainly in the Lake Hawassa region. Over the years, Stoecker has researched the role of micronutrients in child health in Thailand, China, Jordan, Iraq and Ethiopia. Most of her international work is in Ethiopia where she has taught, developed curriculum and helped numerous Ethiopian graduate students secure funding to attend OSU. In 2007, the Hawassa University launched Ethiopia’s first graduate program in applied human nutrition thanks to Stoecker’s instrumental work. Dr. Stoecker revealed that infant mortality rates have improved dramatically over her 2 decades of research even though more work needs to be done. Dr. Stoecker also remarked on how nice and gracious the people of Ethiopia are and what a delight it is to work with them.

Mel Tewahade, Director of the Point Four – Ethiopia documentary series, gave a history of the Emperor’s life from the time of a youngster to his ouster and assassination by communist thugs. Mr. Tewahade shared his opinions of current world events and warned participants to not be lax in dealing with extremists who bare no good will to the world and will only provide chaos and suffering. Mr. Tewahade later generously donated a copy of one segment of the documentary to all who were in attendance at the luncheon given after the presentations.

Dr. David Henneberry both began the day’s events and provided closing commentary. He highlighted that the financial commitment made by the Emperor in the 1950’s and 1960’s would have been the equivalent of a 270 million dollar educational program today in inflation adjusted U.S. dollars. There are few, if any, educational programs begun today, with this large of financial commitment, not to mention the man hours and love and caring that were given by the OSU-Point Four staff and Ethiopian officials. Dr. Henneberry was proud to point out that OSU has 4 students currently planning to begin study abroad programs in Ethiopia in the near future. He also noted the year after year dedication of Ethiopian students to attend Oklahoma State University and OSU’s dedication to providing them a world class education. In 2013, President Burns Hargis of Oklahoma State University met with University Presidents from Addis Ababa University, University of Mekelle, University of Bahir Dar, University of Axum, University of Gonder, University of Hawassa, University of Jimma, University of Haramaya and University of Adigrat. In conclusion, Dr. Henneberry stated that although the economic and political landscape has changed dramatically over the years, OSU and its Ethiopian partner universities continue to find new ways of working together to have a positive impact on their countries and the world.

Of special significance at the commemoration, it was learned that the great-granddaughter of Dr. William G. Bennett, former Oklahoma A&M University (now OSU) President and first Director of the Point Four Program, was in attendance. She shared with the audience stories told her about the time when Dr. Bennett and Emperor Haile Selassie first met at an International Food Exhibition in 1945 and the deep regard Dr. Bennett had for the leader of a free country that withstood external turmoil while reminded the world of what types of actions were noble and right to pursue in the name of Freedom and Justice.

In Pictures: Emperor Haile Selassie’s Visit to Oklahoma in 1954


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New York Abay Team’s BBQ Fundraiser

New York's Ethiopian soccer team Abay. (Courtesy photo)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — New York’s Ethiopian soccer team, Abay, is getting ready for the 2014 ESFNA Soccer Tournament, which will be held in San Jose, California from June 29th to July 5th. The team is hosting its second annual fundraising barbecue today at Morningside Park in Harlem. “It’ll be a day filled with good food, great company, and activities for all ages,” organizers said.

If You Go:
NY Abay Barbecue
Sunday, June 22, 2014
12pm to 5pm
Morningside Park
122nd Street, Morningside Avenue
Harlem, NY

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SummerStage After Party: Teddy Afro Live at B.B. King in NYC on July 5th

(Images: Courtesy Massinko Entertainment, Emush Entertainment and Mickey Dread Events)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Tuesday June 10th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — Organizers announced that there will be an after party at B.B. King Blues Club in New York following Teddy Afro’s outdoor SummerStage concert in Central Park on July 5th.

The event at B.B King— presented by Massinko Entertainment, Emush Entertainment and Mickey Dread Events — marks the singer’s second appearance at the acclaimed Manhattan venue renowned for showcasing world-class musical talents. Teddy, who will be accompanied by Abogida band, last performed at B.B. King in February of 2013 as part of his Tikur Sew world tour.

If You Go:
SummerStage After Party: Teddy Afro Live at B.B. King
Saturday, July 5th, 2014
237 West 42nd Street bet 7th & 8th ave
Doors Open at 11 PM
Cover $30 in advance, $35 at the door
For info call: 201.220.3442 or 917.821.9213
www.bbkingblues.com

Video: Tikur Sew – Teddy Afro – HD English version – Ethiopia Music (2012)

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“Africa Week” Proclamation by Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts

Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts. (Photograph: Official portrait by Eric Haynes/ Governor's Office)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Boston (TADIAS) — This month, Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts will issue a proclamation officially declaring June 18th – June 24th as Africa Week. A ceremony to celebrate this proclamation is scheduled to begin at 4pm on June 18th at the State House in Boston.

The African Council (T.A.C), formerly Governor’s African Council (GAC) — a community organizing initiative founded in 2010 “to strengthen the African Voice in Massachusetts” –invites you to join them at the proclamation ceremony.

“During the celebration, we will recognize members of the African community whose accomplishments in community organizing, entrepreneurship and public service has advanced the social, economic and political aspects of society,” T.A.C said in a statement.

Three major awards will also be presented during the ceremony. The Community Leader/Organizer Award will be given to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and service within the African community in Massachusetts. The Entrepreneurial Award is slated be given to an individual that has contributed to the economic well-being and vitality of their community including growth of business and employment opportunities. Last but not least, the Public Service Award will be given to a person who has fostered educational development and overall community advancement by participating in various public service activities such as mentoring, civic engagement, and working with charitable organizations.

If You Go:
Wednesday, June 18th at 4pm
Hall of Flags, Massachusetts State House
Beacon St, Boston, MA 01233
Phone:(617) 722-2000
Seating is limited and RSVP is required
RSVP: info@theafricancouncil.net or 617.651-1822
Doors open at 4pm, Seating by 4:30pm
African Attire Recommended
www.theafricancouncil.net

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SummerStage Festival kicks off in NYC: Teddy Afro & HaHu Dance Crew on July 5th

Teddy Afro, HaHu Dance Crew and Noura Mint Seymali of Mauritania will perform at Central Park in New York on July 5th, 2014 as part of the annual SummerStage outdoor music festival. (City Park Foundation)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — SummerStage, New York’s popular free festival of open air live performances — hosted by the City Park Foundation — kicks off today (June 3rd) at Red Hook Park in Brooklyn with a concert featuring Ty Dolla Sign.

Timeout New York notes “it’s a truly epic lineup, with over 100 concerts happening nearly every day from the start of June through to the end of August. You can see shows in 14 different parks across the five boroughs: The majority of the gigs, screenings and classes are free, but there are a handful of paid benefit shows, too.”

This year’s program also includes Ethiopian pop superstar Teddy Afro and the Addis Ababa-based contemporary dance group, HaHu (winners of 2011 Ethiopian Idol), that are scheduled to perform on July 5th at Central Park.

Click here to see the full, incredibly long lineup starting with the paid shows.

If You Go:
SummerStage Presents Teddy Afro & Hahu Dance Crew
Saturday, July 5 at 3:00 PM
Central Park (Rumsey Playfield)
New York, New York
Learn more at www.summerstage.donyc.com/Music

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From Israel Comes Anbessa Dub: Live Ethiopian Reggae at SOB’s in NYC, June 15

Zvuloon Dub System will perform live at SOB's in New York on June 15th, 2014. (Photograph: ZDS)

Broadway World

By BWW News Desk

Zvuloon Dub System comes to SOB’s June 15.

When Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, the man known as Ras Tafari, visited Jamaica on April 21, 1966, more than one hundred thousand Rastafarians were waiting at Kingston Airport to see the man they revered as the Messiah. For a brief moment, still celebrated by the faithful as Grounation Day, the two countries came together. 18 years later, in 1984, an Ethiopian Jewish family, members of the lost tribe of Israel, walked across the desert, making the long trek to their homeland. And now those three cultures – Jamaica, Ethiopia, and Israel – merge on the new album by Tel Aviv-based Zvuloon Dub System, called Anbessa Dub.

Read more.



If You Go:
Sunday, Jun 15 2014
7:30 PM doors / 9:00 PM show
$10 in advance – $12 day of show
(age 18+) Reggae
www.sobs.com

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Summer Stage NYC Presents Teddy Afro and Hahu Dance Group — July 5th

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NYC Abay Soccer Team: San Jose 2014 Kick-off Fundraiser Party at Lalibela Today

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)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — Following on their success at the 30th ESFNA tournament last year where they advanced to first division, New York’s hometown Ethiopian soccer team, Abay, is preparing for the 2014 event in San Jose, California next month. The team is hosting a kick-off fundraiser at Lalibela restaurant in Manhattan tonight (Saturday, May 31st, 2014).

If You Go:
NY Abay Fundraising Party
Lalibela Restaurant
37 East 29th Street, (B/N Park and Madison)
Saturday, May 31, 2014
10:00 p.m.
DJ Leaf
$10 Cover
www.lalibela-restaurant.com

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Youths of Shasha: A Film Made in Shashamane at 2014 Sheba Film Festival

"Youths of Shasha," a documentary about a group of international artists, who call Shashamane, Ethiopia their home, is part of the 2014 Sheba Film Festival. (Photograph: Courtesy youthsofshasha.com)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Friday, May 30th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — The 11th annual Sheba Film Festival got underway this week at the JCC in Manhattan with the screening of the Israeli movie To Be Like Avi (Directed by Inbal Shprinzak), that tells a coming-of-age story of three African friends who dream of following Avi – the only refugee among them who obtains Israeli citizenship and joins the IDF.

The festival, which is hosted by the Beta Israel of North America Foundation (BINA), continues next week with the showing of the documentary Youths of Shasha, that is filmed in the Ethiopian town of Shashamane as young teenagers of various cultural heritages come together to work on their dream of building a music studio. It is a “place where ancient tribal cultures and religions collide with an emerging modernity, where diverse ethnicities live alongside each other struggling to maintain their individual traditions while embracing a wider sense of national identity.”

BINA adds: “This is a piece of land that Haile Selassie donated to all Rastafarian people who decided to come back to Africa.”

If You Go:
Wednesday, June 4th 2014. 7:30PM
ImageNation’s RAW SPACE
2031 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
New York, NY 10027
Admission: $12
Click here for Youths of Shasha (Official Trailer)

Photos From Sheba Film Festival & Art Show 2013

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Ethiopia Exhibition Featuring Multimedia Artist and Animator Abel Tilahun

Abel Tilahun. (Courtesy photo)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Updated: Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — Last November when we featured Abel Tilahun — who teaches at American University in Washington D.C. and is one of three Ethiopian animators who participated in the Super Bowl TV commercial contest for the tortilla chips brand Doritos — he had mentioned that he plans to travel to Ethiopia for a solo exhibition sometime this year. The show “Interface Effect” is opening in Addis Ababa today at Alliance Ethio-Francaise.

The display, which consists of large 2D pieces, sculptural installations, and projected animations, is curated by Meskerem Assegued, Founder and Director of Zoma Contemporary Art Center. Meskerem has worked with several prestigious art festivals including Venice Biennale, Dak-Art Biennale, as well as organizations such as the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and Santa Monica Museum of Art.

Zoma Contemporary Art Center recently coordinated an internationally-attended curatorial intensive symposium for independent curators at the British Council in Addis Ababa.

Abel’s show will run for 10 days from May 20th – 30th.

If You Go
“Interface Effect”
Opening Tuesday, May 20th at 6:30 PM
Show on display May 20-30
Alliance Ethio-Francaise

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Summer Stage NYC Presents Teddy Afro and Hahu Dance Crew — July 5th

(Images: SummerStageNYC and DireTube)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Friday, May 16th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — Ethiopian pop superstar Teddy Afro and the Addis Ababa-based dance crew, Hahu (winners of 2011 Ethiopian Idol), will perform at this year’s SummerStage in New York on July 5th. The free outdoor concert is part of an annual three-month music festival highlighting “performances spanning World and American music, modern dance, spoken word, electronic music, and family programming.”

The announcement notes that “Over the past ten years, Teddy has emerged as the number one voice in Ethiopia, breaking records for album sales and show attendance. He is known far and wide as the rising star of East Africa. Using Reggae rhythms combined with traditional sounds his songs are sung exclusively in the national language of Ethiopia, Amharic. Influenced by Ethiopian Maestro Tilahun Gessesse and international Reggae superstar Bob Marley, he sings of freedom from tyranny and self-emancipation.”

Hahu Dance Group is a contemporary group that aims to promote Ethiopian culture, art and indigenous knowledge globally. Hahu “represents Ethiopian multiculturalism, by including four traditional dancers each hailing from different ethnic groups, showing a true sense of community. The groups early works were inspired by the poor Addis neighborhoods and performances were focused on community awareness creation and empowerment,” the announcement states.

Also scheduled to share the stage with the Ethiopian artists is Noura Mint Seymali – one of Mauritania’s  nationally beloved music stars.

Central Park SummerStage is an open air venue, located at Rumsey Playfield, which is right off the 5th Avenue and 69th Street entrance to Central Park.

If You Go:
Saturday, July 5 at 3:00 PM
Rumsey Playfield – Central Park
New York, New York
You can learn more at www.facebook.com/SummerStageNYC

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Historic New York Medhanialem Church Moves into New Bronx Home (Video)

The inauguration ceremony for the new Bronx building purchased by the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Medhanialem Church took place on Friday, May 2nd and Saturday, May 3rd, 2014. (Photograph: Tadias)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Friday, May 9th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — One of the oldest Ethiopian churches in New York, the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Medhanialem Church, which had gathered at the historic Riverside Church in Manhattan for over three decades, has officially moved into a newly purchased property in the Norwood section of the Bronx (302 East 206 Street). Last weekend, the dedication program included an all-night vigil prayer held on Friday, May 2nd as well as a procession of the Ark and a celebratory lunch on Saturday, May 3rd.

The following is a video and photo coverage of the event.



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Inaugural NYC Screening of ‘Difret’ – May 27

The Lincoln Center and Ford Foundation present the NYC screening of 'Difret' on May 27th. (@Difretfilm)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Monday, May 5th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — The New York screening of the award-winning Ethiopian film Difret will take place on May 27th at The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. In addition, the event features a live performance by Ethiopian-American singer Meklit Hadero and a conversation with the filmmaker Zeresenay Berhane Mehari.

Difret won the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and captured this year’s Panorama prize at the Berlin Film Festival. The film’s producers include Mehret Mandefro, Leelai Demoz, Zeresenay Berhane Mehari as well as Executive Producers Angelina Jolie, Julie Mehretu, Jessica Rankin, Francesca Zampi and Lacey Schwartz.

Other credits include Cinematographer Monika Lenczewska, Editor Agnieszka Glinska, Production Designer Dawit Shawel, and Composers David Schommer and David Eggar.

“In this story of a young girl’s abduction into marriage and her subsequent trial for killing her would-be husband in self-defense. writer/director Zeresenay Berhane Mehari juxtaposes Ethiopia’s panoramic beauty with one of its oldest and most oppressive traditions,” the event announcement states. “Based on real events, Difret portrays the complexity of a country’s movement toward equal rights—and the people who lead the transformation.”

The screening is being presented by Lincoln Center and Ford Foundation JustFilms. It’s free and open to the public.

If You Go:
TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014
7:00 pm Live performance by Meklit Hadero
7:30 pm Discussion with filmmaker Zeresenay Berhane Mehari
8:00 pm Screening of “Difret”
THE DAVID RUBENSTEIN ATRIUM AT LINCOLN CENTER
Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets
Please RSVP by Thursday, May 22 at justfilms@fordfoundation.org
Click here to learn more.

Video: ‘Difret’: Audience Reaction at 2014 New African Films Festival in Maryland (TADIAS)

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New York African Restaurant Week Features Queen of Sheba, Lalibela and Bati

(Photo courtesy: Queen of Sheba NYC & Bati Kitchen)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — Queen of Sheba, Lalibela and Bati Ethiopian restaurants are featured at this year’s New York African Restaurant Week, with an official kick-off event today at Suite 36 (16 West 36th street btw 5 & 6th Ave).

The organizers invite New Yorkers to “join an international mélange of professionals, business executives, foodies, socialites and others from across the globe to dine, drink & dance with music by NYC Africa’s finest mixmasters at a festively decorated African palace while enjoying tastings from caterers & restaurants of the African Diaspora including: Barbara Food Creations, Farafina Cafe and lounge, Madiba Restaurant, Mombassa Dishes, Panla Catering and Pierre Birane Thiam Catering.”

The evening festivities will be hosted by Yolanda Sangweni & Namo Skee. The NYARW Spring 2014 honorees include: Mohammed Abdullah (Owner, Accra), Mark & Jenny Henegan (Owners, Madiba Restaurant), Chef Pierre Thiam (Chef, Caterer and Award-winning Author), Dr. Roy Hastick (President/Founder, CACCI), and Ramatu Ahmed (Community Organizer).

If You Go:
More details or RSVPs at www.NYARW.com

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World Press Freedom Day 2014

World Press Freedom Index 2014 map: "freedom of the press worldwide." (By Reporters Without Borders)

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Events News

Published: Friday, April 25, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — “Freedom of information is a fundamental human right and the touchstone of all the freedoms to which the United Nations is consecrated,” emphasized a UN resolution adopted by the General Assembly on December 14th 1946. The resolution further adds that “Freedom of information implies the right to gather, transmit and publish news anywhere and everywhere without fetters. As such it is an essential factor in any serious effort to promote the peace and progress of the world.”

As of 1993 the UN has designated May 3rd as World Press Freedom Day. And this year, on May 1st, 2014, a briefing in commemoration will be held at UN Headquarters in New York entitled ‘Media Freedom for a Better Future: Shaping the Post-2015 Development Agenda.’

The briefing, which will be moderated by Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications & Public Information, is hosted by the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) in cooperation with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Panelists include Maher Nasser (Moderator), Director of Outreach Division at Department of Public Information; Yehia Ghanem, International Journalist in Residence at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; Delfine Halgand, US Representative for Reporters without Borders; Agnes Callamard, Director at Freedom of Expression and Information Project; and Wade Williams, the Editor of FrontPage Africa newspaper.

“World Press Freedom Day is a date to encourage and develop initiatives in favour of press freedom, and to assess the state of press freedom worldwide” states the briefing announcement. “It serves as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom and is also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics. Just as importantly, it is a day of support for media which are targets for the restraint, or abolition, of press freedom. It is also a day of remembrance for those journalists who lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.”

The briefing will be webcast live at webtv.un.org. You can post questions and comments during the session on Facebook (UNDPINGO) or Twitter (#DPINGO @UNDPINGO #WPFD).

If You Go:
Thursday, 1 May 2013, 10 am – 1 pm
UN Headquarters New York
Conference Room 1 (CB)
Click here to RSVP.

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Society of Ethiopians in Diaspora: 22nd Annual Dinner and Awards Gala in DC

Society of Ethiopians Established in Diaspora (SEED) will hold its 22nd Annual Awards Gala at Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 25th, 2014. (Courtesy photos)

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Events News

Published: Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Washington, D.C. (TADIAS) — Professor Donald N. Levine, Obang Metho, Menbere Aklilu, Ambassador Zewde Retta and the late Rachel Beckwith, along with five “outstanding students,” are among those that will be honored at this year’s award dinner hosted by SEED (Society of Ethiopians Established in Diaspora), which is scheduled to take place on May 25th at Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center in Washington, D.C.

Beginning with its inaugural event held in 1993, SEED has been highlighting the achievements of Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia who “stand out as role models from among the educators, scientists, artists, religious leaders, high school and university students and community leaders without any preference for education and career category.”

Dr. Belay Abegaz, M.D., a cardiologist and founder of CHFE, is being recognized this year for his pioneering contributions to cardio-care for children in Ethiopia. “SEED salutes Dr. Belay Abegaz as an exemplary and outstanding physician and as a role model to so many fellow Ethiopians,” the press release noted.

SEED added that it is honoring Menbere Aklilu as a distinguished role model to women in general: “We salute her in admiration of her rise from homelessness to richness through determination and hard work, in appreciation of the positive contributions she has made by exemplifying the higher ideals and standards of our community, in recognition of her inspiring entrepreneurial excellence, as well as community and civic responsibilities, and for representing the Diaspora Community with dignity and sterling character.”

Professor Donald N. Levine, Ph.D. will be acknowledged for “his lifelong dedication to preserving the history and culture of Ethiopia and Ethiopians through his writings, in appreciation of his many other positive attributes and the higher esteem he is being held in the Ethiopian community.”

Likewise Ambassador Zewde Retta is being featured “for his prolific writings and ability to touch us deeply, for having enriched us intellectually as well as for appealing to our collective conscience to remember and preserve our history.”

The SEED 2014 Outstanding Student Honorees include Mahlet Kirubel, Herrana E. Addisu, Luladay Price, Hewan Tilahun and Michael Mekonnen.

If You Go:
SEED Annual Award Dinner
SUNDAY, May 25th, 2014 at 6:30pm
Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center
3800 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, DC 20057
Phone: 202-687-3200
TICKETS:
$75.00 for adults
$85.00 at the door
$35.00 for children under 12
Contact: 609- 407-0496 or 234 -380-1533
More info at www.ethioseed.org.

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11th Annual Sheba Film Festival

"Youths of Shasha," a documentary about a group of international artists, who call Shashamane, Ethiopia their home, is part of the 2014 Sheba Film Festival. (Photograph: Courtesy youthsofshasha.com)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Published: Monday, April 21st, 2014

New York (TADIAS) — The 11th annual Sheba Film Festival will start on May 27th at the JCC in Manhattan with the screening of To Be Like Avi (Directed by Inbal Shprinzak), which is a coming-of-age story of three friends who fled Africa leaving their families behind and dream of following Avi – the only refugee who obtained Israeli citizenship and joined the IDF.

The festival, which is organized by the Beta Israel of North America Foundation (BINA), will also include the showing of the documentary Youths of Shasha, which is filmed in the Ethiopian town of Shashamane as young teenagers of various cultural heritages come together to work on their dream of building a music studio. It is a “place where ancient tribal cultures and religions collide with an emerging modernity, where diverse ethnicities live alongside each other struggling to maintain their individual traditions while embracing a wider sense of national identity.”

If You Go:
Learn more and buy tickets at www.binacf.org.

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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.

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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: Founder and President of US Doctors for Africa

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).

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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)

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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
Click here for Amazon.com link

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)

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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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Apollo Theater Features Wayna at Music Café January 11th, 2014
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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DC & Addis to Become Sister Cities

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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.

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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.



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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:



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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:
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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.

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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

(Getty Images)

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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

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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


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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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
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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)

Tadias Magazine
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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