Latest from Addis Ababa’s music scene

John Grinling, who contributed a section on live music to the latest edition of Bradt Ethiopia, has forwarded me the following updated information: About live music in Addis Abeba Here is some updated information about live music venues in Addis Abeba   Mamas Kitchen – 21h30 Sheraton Others Sunday Express Band Jolly Bar 23h : … Continue reading Latest from Addis Ababa’s music scene

Food and music in Jimma (and other Ethiopian) restaurants: some quibbles

A rather disgruntled Giorgio Bulgarelli writes: I think you should clearly write that when you ask some of the Western dishes written in the menus of most Ethiopian restaurants, the usual answer is የለም (yäläm, or no). Not because they’ve finished the related ingredients, but because they never bought them. Usually, menus —also in some … Continue reading Food and music in Jimma (and other Ethiopian) restaurants: some quibbles

Live music in Addis Ababa

Many thanks to John Grinling for this excellentt summary of the live music scene in Addis Ababa in mid-2014: The music scene in Addis Abeba is wonderful, enthusiastic and varied. Ethiopian music, with its unique rhythms, beat, vibrations and sounds might be, like whisky, an acquired taste: it aims at inducing trance either by way … Continue reading Live music in Addis Ababa

Benno’s updates

I spent a few months in Addis Ababa last year, and got introduced to Hailleab from Overland Ethiopia Hailleab organised travel for me to different destinations and for different purposes (work related and pleasure). He proved not only adept at fixing things so every thing went without hassles, but was a great travel companion … Continue reading Benno’s updates

Old Aster Aweke recordings

I just came across this amazing website Anybody with more than a passing interest in African music could explore it for days. But if you like Aster Aweke, download the old cassette posted in  October 2010. Sounds totally different & very much older and more traditional than other other CD or cassette I've ever heard … Continue reading Old Aster Aweke recordings