Seven Ethiopian films screening in NYC in May

At least seven Ethiopian films are set to screen in NYC in May 2016 as part of the New York African Film Festival and the 13th Annual Sheba Film Festival.

Hermon Haily’s Price of Love will be featured at the Lincoln Center this week at the New York African Film Festival as well as Director Yared Zeleke’s award winning drama Lamb: Red Leaves by Bazi Gere starring Debebe Eshetu; Afripedia X New York by Ethiopian and Eritrean filmmakers Teddy Goitom and Senay Berhe of Sweden; and the Dance of King David by Axel Baumann exploring the Ark of covenant.

The Dance of King David is a documentary film about the history and the contemporary worship of the Ark.

In addition, If only I were that warrior, directed by Valerio Ciraci about “the Italian occupation of Ethiopia and its unresolved legacy today,” will screen on May 24th at Tsion Café in Harlem as part of the 2016 Sheba film festival.

(Tadias Magazine)

Julie Mehretu honored with Skowhegan medal of painting

Last month, Julie Mehretu was honored by the prestigious US arts institution, The Skowhegan school of painting and receiving the medal for painting at its 70th anniversary celebration and 2016 awards dinner that was held in New York city on April 26th. Last fall, Julie was the only living female artist whose work was featured at Christie’s postwar and contemporary sale. The New York Times noted in a story that “the Ethiopian born painter was offered at Christie’s post war and contemporary sale, alongside 18 living male artists.”

“Celebrated internationally for large scale, gestural paintings, the Ethiopian-born artist addresses both the formal concerns of color and line and the social concerns of color and line and the social concerns of power, history, globalism, and personal narrative,” said the announcement from Skowhegan. Julie was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1970 and immigrated to the United States with her family in 1977 during the initial years of the Derg regime. (Tadias Magazine)

Mikael Seifu among 25 artists from “Around The World You Need To Know”

In its first-ever global issue sampling the underground music scene from Africa to Europe and Latin America, the New York based magazine, The Fader, highlights Ethiopian electronic artist and producer Mikael Seifi who “mixes traditional Ethiopian influences with mind expanding electronic sounds” among 25 artists from Around The World You Need To Know Right Now. The magazine notes that Mikael Seifu who calls his style “Ethhiopiyawi Electronic,” has an album forthcoming on Brooklyn-based experimental label RVNG this year in which “he documented a typical day living in the Ethiopian capital.”  Mikael was born and raised in Addis Ababa and attended Lycee Guebre-Mariam as a child, and went on to study music production and the music industry at Ramapo College of New Jersey—a small school about 45 minutes outside of Manhattan. While in college Mikael found a mentor professor Ben Neil “the composer and music technologist who trained with La Monte Young. He was inspired by Neil to take serious his calling in music. (Tadias Magazine)

Lij Michael to perform at Bole Fana Park

One of the uprising rappers, Lij Michael, is scheduled to perform on May 21 at Bole Fana Park. At this concert Lij Michael will be featured with Michael Belayneh. Organized by Yorka event organizer this concert is entitled “Addis Concert”. This concert focused on having a mini festival in introducing the best album, best singles and also best DJs in the country.  They chose Lij Michael as their debut concert since his album entitled “Zare Yihun Nege” was well accepted among fans.  Especially his single “Zemenay Marye” was able to capture audience ears easily.

Singles that have popular feedbacks such as Behailu Baye “Lagshign Mata Mata”, Yared Negu “Yemerkato Arada” and Asgegnewu Ashiko “Dindesho” are also part of this concert. Famous DJs in town including Kingston, Sherry, Yemi and Rofi are expected to highlight the event. Renowned with his nickname “Crazy” Lij Michael’s rapping career started with MCing with famous tunes. Lij Michael is one of the founders of the earliest hip-hop group named ABC.