In a recent exclusive interview with Tadias Magazine, the legendary artist who is scheduled to make a historic appearance accompanying the Either/Orchestra at the prestigious Chicago Jazz Festival in September, talks about his extensive music career, his memories of Ethiopia and his famous daughter, the Swedish pop star Emilia.Teshome burst into Ethiopia’s music scene during a period in the 1960′s known as the “Golden Era.” He was the leader of Soul Ekos Band, the first independent musical ensemble to be recorded in the country.“He has made such a mark on the Ethiopian music scene, bringing a unique and poetic voice with thoughtful lyrics and a beautiful reggae vibe,” a posting on his Facebook fan site said. If you go: 09/17/10, New York, NY, Joe’s Pub Time: pm. Our collaborators from Ethiopia are arriving this week, and we hit the ground running with a fantastic show in NYC.
Along with his future wife, the 18-year-old walked for days, finding refuge in Sudan, where their first child would be born.
The young family of three relocated to North Dakota 18 months later, where Mekonnen’s sponsors suggested he seek employment at a grocery store.
Analysts said the devaluation should improve the Horn of Africa nation’s trade deficit.
Figures for fiscal year 2010 show a $7 billion deficit, based on $8.7 billion in imports and $1.7 billion dollars in exports.
“We also wanted the chance to host them in our country as they did in theirs.” Fendika’s group leader Melaku Belay – the traditional dancer who accompanied saxophonist Getatchew Mekurya and the Dutch band the Ex at the historic 2008 outdoors show at NYC’s Damrosch Park – “has established himself as the top dancer in Ethiopia with more than 40 international concerts in the last three years, including performances at Chicago’s Millennium Park and New York City’s Lincoln Center,” the band said in a press release.
“One of the most active artists on the Addis Ababa scene today, Melaku is an ardent supporter of Ethiopia’s diverse musical traditions and a savvy cultural entrepreneur who manages his own nightclub and is developing his own institute for the arts.” This tour is supported by two new releases by Debo Band: , the group’s first 7-inch vinyl record and Flamingoh (Pink Bird Dawn), their first EP.
One of the fastest-growing ethnic groups in Dallas, they’ve gravitated toward Rowlett, Wylie, and Garland, where the Ethiopian community association that Mekonnen heads hopes to build a community center.
“It was designed to bring Ethiopians together and keep the tradition and culture,” Mekonnen says of the association, “to teach our children, making sure they know their roots.” Read more at » – Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook.
Voice of America Peter Heinlein | Addis Ababa Ethiopia has sharply devalued its currency – the birr – in a bid to boost economic growth.
The move was welcomed by economists, though it may have the side effect of fueling inflation.
Ethiopia’s Central Bank announced Wednesday that the birr has been devalued from roughly 13 ½ birr to the dollar to nearly 16 ½ birr, a one-day drop of about 17 percent. Officials were not immediately available to comment.