The highly anticipated Tewodros Kassahun a.k.a. Teddy Afro’s concert is scheduled to rock the capital on Ethiopian New Year eve at the Ghion Hotel. With his recent album release ‘Tikur sew’, Teddy Afro gained critical acclamation from his fans while setting the record for album sales by an Ethiopian artist in its first week of release.
This concert will be his second since his recent album release. With ticket sales already commenced since August 20, some 15,000 people are expected to attend the concert. The organizers say that they are expecting tickets be sold out well before the event.
The concert is expected to be transmitted live for a few minutes on Ethiopian Broadcasting Services (EBS), provided that they managed to reach an agreement. After the album release, Teddy had a concert on August 4 as part of the London the London Olympic Games. And he is yet to be back in Addis Ababa for the next concert. The concert seems be a highly anticipated event among his fans since it will be his first show after his latest release. The fans want to know how some of his popular new songs would sound on the stage. The closest he got to perform a song out his latest album is the new video clip ‘Tikur sew’ which was appreciated by his audience.
With four albums, Teddy Afro was able to climb to prominence in the local music scene. Teddy Afro is one singer, who is adored by many fans for the deep lyrics and courageous issues that he raised. Many people believe that within a short period of time, he is able to imprint his mark on Ethiopian music industry.
On a visit to 'magical' Ethiopia, Clover Stroud is beguiled by the ancient and the everyday.
Thousands of people had congregated in the field, including hundreds of priests dressed in brightly coloured, richly embroidered cassocks, carrying ornate staffs topped with heavy silver crosses. Behind them, groups of children were divided into choirs, each wearing their own colourful ceremonial robes, chanting and clapping as they followed the procession. Among them wandered thousands of men and women – some barefoot, some carrying children, some bent double with age – but almost all swathed in the finest white muslin shawls.
Kuku Sebsibe, the veteran female crooner known for her smooth singing style is set to release her eighth solo album “Chalkubet”, next month.
Kuku has previously worked on five collaboration albums with musicians like Damtew Ayele, Ephrem Tamiru, Tewodros Tadesse, Wubesehet Assefa and Alemayehu Eshete. She actually began her vocal career with Alemayehu in her signature song “Engedaye Nesh”.
With a unique melody and ferocious singing style, Jah Lude is able to capture many people’s heart. Even though the album was recently released, he was able to get appreciation and admiration from many. Fans believe that with the new album, ‘Yachin Neger’, he has imprinted a new style in Ethiopian reggae music.
Addis Ababa National Stadium & Sports Village - HQ Pics
Football and athletics-loving Ethiopians will have a new FIFA World and Olympic-standard 60,000 seat stadium in Addis Ababa thanks to a competition winning design combining local the identity with the new technology.
Symbol LAVA, the Laboratory for Visionary Architecture, and Designsport collaborated with local Ethiopian firm JDAW to win the international architecture competition for a national stadium and The sports village, held by the Federal Sport Commission, Ethiopia. Chris Bosse, symbol LAVA director, said: "We have gone back to the very origin of stadium design with a sunken arena surrounded by grandstands formed from excavated material. This man-made crater is a clever remodelling of the existing terrain and generates efficient spaces, optimises environmental performance, minimises construction costs and integrates facilities within the existing
Addis architect Daniel Assefa and director of JDAW said: "The design references Ethiopia's world-famous excavated architecture -centuries-old rock churches, dwellings and cisterns. We see the sports city as a natural extension to this heritage, one that will draw many more visitors to our beautiful country. "The façade of material that wraps the stadium is inspired by the Massob, an Ethiopian communal serving basket made from woven grass, whilst the shapes of the the facade system appear as coffee beans, the main source of income in Ethiopia The the roof of the stadium, an intelligent membrane., appears like a the cloud on the horizon. of the vast Ethiopian Sky, a lightweight tensile structure floating over the allowed in. 1A-earth landscape.
The masterplan includes the the IOC-standard Stadium for FIFA World matches, athletics events, concerts, religious and national festivals; and a sports village comprising indoor and outdoor aquatic centres, outdoor pitches, sports halls and arenas, dormitories and the the Sport Commission headquarters for the Federal. Hospitality, retail and commercial zones will ensure that the precinct is' vibrant throughout the year.
Tectonic structures and movement are the underlying concept for the masterplan. The breathtaking beauty of the surrounding Entoto Hills is the backdrop to a design that responds to the volcanic geology of the region. Gently undulating urban of parkland follows the lines of the crater and is conceived as a continuous spatial experience strategically activated to balance movement, climate, experience and efficiency. A central plaza forms the heart of the project and a ridge connects all zones.
Of Giant solar powered umbrellas provide shade and shelter whilst pedestrian activated light and water features appear as fissures in the ground surface, providing way-finding and creating animated art works.
Bosse, who was one of the lead architects of the Beijing Watercube whilst at of PTW architects, has again combined new technology with traditional architectural principles. The façade of patterns are digitally created through a parametric of modeling and and are built with local materials.
CEO of Designsport Samantha Cotterell said: "We put together our culturally diverse team to produce an innovative concept. Web are excited at the prospect of taking our expertise and translating it through the cultural lens of Africa. ""With sustainable design features, the maximum flexibility and capacity and intelligent adaptability, the new facilities will make a valuable contribution to the local people, the nation and its culture. enhancing Ethiopia's sporting profile and generating revenue. " added the Cultural Consultant and Architect John Shenton.
Symbol LAVA's German directors up, Alexander Rieck and Tobias Wallisser said: "Coming from a football nation ourselves we are thrilled that Symbol LAVA can contribute to this African nation's joy in the global sport. "
The construction of the stadium is expected to commence, in 2014.
It was customary for ancient Ethiopian warriors, patriots and heroes to assume the name of their horses. These iconic figures were named after their loyal steed which they rode in a battle or on other landmark occasions. And most of these names came with the prefix “Abba” referring to the people who own the animals.
Among some of the renowned horses which belonged to kings or war generals of the past are included Ras Mekonnen’s Abba Kagnew, Emperor Tewodros’s Abba Tatek, Emperor Yohannes IV’s Abba Bezbiz, Alula Nega’s Abba Nega, King Sahleselassie’s Abba Dina, Emperor Haileselassie’s Abba Tekel.
Traditional dancers at Habesha Restaurant.Despite often depressing reports emanating from Ethiopia, there are many fine things to be enjoyed there as PETER MUIRURI found out
The air was heavy with clouds when the Ethiopian Airlines plane landed at Bole International Airport. However, any dull moments were immediately banished the moment I stepped in the clean, ultra modern, glass clad terminal building that could easily be mistaken for a Five-star hotel by a first time visitor.