Have you ever wondered if Ethiopian music albums are sold in the international market, where foreigners purchase them for a high price? If you are still wondering, this piece of article about the Ethiopiques series is for you.

The Ethiopiques series was started in 1997 by Francis Falceto under the Paris-based music label Buda Musique. At the beginning, it featured Amharic songs that were released during the 1960s and 70s. The first volume was released in 1998 under the title “The Golden Years of Modern Ethiopian Music” which featured various artists. Among the many prominent artists featured in different Ethiopiques volumes, Mahmoud Ahmed (featured 5 times), Mulatu Astatke, Alemayehu Eshete, Asnaketch Worku, Getachew Mekurya and Emahoy Tsegue-Mariam Gebrou are some of them. Eventually, the record started to feature songs besides Amharic ones such as Konso and Oromiffa.


The first time I heard about apartheid was back in elementary school in my history class when we were learning about African Colonization History. All we learned in class was more of a three-act story; how South Africa failed under the bores, how apartheid slowly and brutally diffused and in the end how South Africa was freed. On top of that, we were thought about the great leader Nelson Mandela and how he stayed in prison for more than 27 years fighting for his people’s freedom.


“A Long Way Gone” is a memoir of Sierra Leonean Ishmael Beah, published in 2007. It tells the intriguing story of the author’s journey, from a humble citizen and a boy solider to a rehabilitated adult, through the dark days of Sierra Leone when the decade long civil war tore the country.


Around 80 years ago, Ras Teferi visited an Armenian Monastery in Jerusalem and met 40 orphans who had escaped the genocidal atrocities they were subjected to in Turkey. Ras Tefari, who had a magnificent knack for art, obtained permission from the Armenian Patriarch to bring them all to Ethiopia. Then the “Arba Lijoch” (The 40 Orphans) became the Nation’s first official orchestra under Kevork Nalbandian who was Narses Nalbandian’s uncle.


Biru Hudde, 43, is a traditional weaver from Southern Ethiopia. He toil all day in the com- pound in which he also lives in a rental house around Piassa, on the road from Ras Mekonnen terrace to Afincho Ber roundabout. He has been in the profession for the last 30 years.

“This is the business I have been doing to pay for my rent and support a family of eight, 6 children, my wife and myself,” Biru told EBR.


Giuliano Montaldo, born in 1930, is the anthropomorphic transliteration of legend and law. Some refer to him as the “Lion King” of Italian cinema; still able to scratch, stun and roar like few others today. In the Film L’industriale (The Entrepreneur), Montaldo portrays a modernistic socio-economic and emotional crisis using classical staging.

The characters, Nicola and Laura, along with their friends and family come to life and struggle to go out from the dilemma of Eurozone’s economic crises and its consequences that stretched from Nicola’s inherited factory to his private life at home. Nicola, on the brink of bankruptcy, inherited a factory in Turin from his father at the age of 40.

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