Category: Arts

Photographer chronicles contrasts and characters

Over the last three decades, South African photographer Guy Tillim, 56, has borne witness to the dramatic change in African metropolises. While working as a photographer for Reuters and Agence France Press, he has often been at the right place…
They Comfort

Decorative metal wall panels; A new task on easel to push back time; A modest room for protection  Against the elements; A small supporting hug chair; Well-worn clothes as old as I; Old conforming flapping footwear; A jug of water,…
“Mengistu Lemma as I knew him”

A seasoned scholar, a subtle poet, peerless moral hero: Tedla Bairu recalls Mengistu Lemma This is the third in our series of posts to celebrate the life and times of Mengistu Lemma (1928-1988), an Ethiopian playwright, dramatist, poet and diplomat,…
Alemayehu Eshete says he is not retiring

Ethiopian veteran vocalist and songwriter Alemayehu Eshete has clarified reports about him quitting music, saying that he is not retiring. “There is some misunderstanding here, I think some people have misconstrued my words, when I said I would no longer…
Memories of Asnakech Worku

Memories of Asnakech Worku by Hailu Mergia The legendary singer Asnaketch Worku’s self-titled album, “Asnakech”, which was released back in 1975, has been remastered and reissued by Awesome Tapes From Africa and will see the light of the day on…
My Days in Wingate

The General Wingate Secondary School, a prestigious high school (now a technical and vocational school) was named after British Field Commander, Colonel Ordre Wingate. The school, located in Kolfe- Keranyo district of Addis Ababa, represented a beacon of tradition and…
Bahta Gebrehiwot’s Life and Career

At 75, the singer talks about his feelings for music and his path to becoming one of country’s greatest music entertainers Newly arrived to the capital, fresh from three years at Gondar Public Health College, Bahta Gebrehiwot in his young…