“Inside Track” @ Lela Art Gallery

 A painting exhibition entitled “Inside Track” will be launched on June 11 at Lela Gallery. This exhibition is by one of the prolific artists, Mulugeta Tafesse.

Based in Antwerp since 1994, Mulugeta has worked using various mediums, including acrylics, oil, and print winning critical acclaim and exhibiting internationally in both groups and solo shows. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections.
Curator Stef Van Bellingen, the director of WARP Contemporary Art Platform in Belgium, wrote on Mulugeta calling him “a mental nomad who can draw from several modes”

Artist, art critic, and art theoretician Mulugeta Tafesse was born in Ethiopia in 1960.
After attending the Fine Arts School of Addis Ababa, he graduated in 1980 and then taught at the school for the next two years. He obtained his Masters from the Higher Institute of Fine Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria, followed by a postgraduate degree graduating from the National Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Antwerp.

Chronixx to perform in Addis

The world-renowned Jamaican artist Chronixx is scheduled to perform on June 19 at Bole Fana Park. As part of his African tour the 24 years old renowned artiste will do his first performance in Addis Ababa.

Using the moniker Chronixx, the artiste has ignited a torch in peoples’ hearts all over the world and is confidently lighting the path for an entire generation of youths to rediscover roots and culture.

Born October 10, 1992 Chronixx was musically nurtured from an early age by his father; Chronicle. The first EP, Hooked on Chronixx, was released in 2010 and immediately put the budding artist on the radar of music lovers and industry heads alike. Among its seven tracks, ‘Start a Fyah,’, ‘Capitalist’ (featuring Infinite) and ‘Behind Curtain’ stood out as fan’s favorites, reaching far beyond Jamaican first official video and served to alert many more to his arrival. The Dread and Terrible project was released in April 2014 with seven tracks plus three dub versions.

World Music Day @ Alliance Ethio-Française

World Music Day is scheduled to be celebrated on June 21 at Alliance Ethio-Française.

In this year edition four hours of non-stop concerts with five groups of musicians from France, Ethiopia and America will be part of this day. World Music Day is an annual music celebration taking place on June 21. The concept of all day musical celebration on the days of the solstice was originated by the French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang. The festival later became celebrated in 120 countries around the world. World music aims to promote music in two ways: amateur and professional. Musicians are encouraged to perform in the streets, under the slogan “make music”. Many free concerts are organized, making all genres of music accessible to the public. Two of the caveats to being sanction by the official Fête de la Musique organization in Paris are that all concerts must be free to the public, and all performers donate their time for free.

“Beza” film launched

Based on a Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) freedom fighter’s real story, a new film entitled “Beza” was launched this week at Edna Mall. Written, directed and produced by Birhane Nigussie, this film navigates the story of the struggle for liberation through TPLF women fighters. The film is based on Azeb Bekele who took an impossible mission to recruit members in different cities. According to Birhane, since the mission was highly classified many of the TPLF member knew her as a sell out. It was at the end of the struggle that her true motive behind the mission was revealed to other people.

This film took two years for production and postproduction. Birhane says that this film aimed to show the contribution of women who had a share of their struggle for freedom in TPLF.

The film consumed more than three million birr for making. The film will be screened in Mekele and will be screened in various cinemas in Addis Ababa.