Sibhat Gebreegziabher’s birthday celebrated

Renowned writer and journalist Sibhat Gebregziabher had always dreamt of celebrating his 80th birthday. Unfortunately he passed away February 20, 2012 at the age of 76. However, his friends and fans did not let him down as they celebrated his 80th birthday on May 5 at Amist Kilo Campus, Graduate School Hall. 

Educators and writers shared their memories of Sibhat. Professor Shibru Tedla, Alemayehu Gelagay and Zenebe Wolla, who wrote Sibhat’s biography, were among the presenters. In addition to that, a monologue based on his short story Amist Sidist Sebat, a despaired man who lost his family in famine and a character analysis based on Sebategnaw Melak were part of the celebration.

Among other things, Sibhat is known for naturalist writing style and tinted life with its pimples. Renowned with his unique writing skills and presentation Sibhat wrote renowned books such as Letum Aynegalign, Sebategnaw Meleak and Egre Menge. He also contributed for publications such as The Ethiopian Herald, Addis Zemen and Menen Magazine.

Addis DJ festival in Addis

Addis DJ festival is scheduled to be held from May 9-15 at various venues in Addis. Organized by EML Events, the DJ festival aimed in elevating the proficiency of DJs in Ethiopia and to redefine Djing as a form of art.

The event is comprised of a five-day workshop on various topics including History of Djing, mixing and scratching, sound engineering, music productions and video mapping techniques. These workshops will be held at Stockholm, Flirt and H20 clubs with three time intervals; in the morning 10:00am-12:00am, 1:00pm-3:00pm and 3:00pm-5:00pm. Additionally, there will be a two-day festival on May 14 and 15 at Bole Fana Park. International DJs from the US, England, Kenya, South Africa and other countries will highlight the two-day performance. Additionally the festival will also have video mapping event. All the workshops are free events but for the festivals the will be entrance fee from 2:00pm-5:00pm fifty birr and after 5:00pm the cover fee is 100 birr.

A new music album to be launched

A new music album entitled Kale Ena Ene (My Word and Me) is scheduled launched next week. For the musician Dawd Sultan, who is based in London, this is his debut album. Traveling back and forth from London to Addis Ababa he finished the album after some eight years. Abel Paulos, who arranged music for artistes such as Tsedenia Gebremarkos and a single for Teddy Afro, is behind Dawd’s new work. The famous lyricist Surafel Abebe, a man behind prominent musicians such as Tewodros Tadesse and Muluken Melesse wrote seven of his lyrics.

The album has 12 songs including Yarada Lij, Kanchi Riqe, Nafekegn and Audamet. One single, Yarada Lij was released three months ago that according to the producer and manager of the musician Senay Petros got a good feedback. Most of the songs are love songs, which draw from a pool of music genres such as Zouk, Chic Chica, slow and a fusion of other music styles.

New American Center for Ethiopia

The Embassy of the United States in Addis Ababa will be inaugurating a new, high-tech American Center on Monday May 9, 2016, in partnership with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the National Archives and Library Agency (NALA).

The new American Center is named after Col. John C. Robinson, an African-American flight pioneer and the man considered to be the father of Ethiopian modern aviation.  The Col. John C. Robinson American Center is equipped with a state-of-the-art technology and serves as an innovation center for Ethiopian students and young professionals.

The Col. John C. Robinson American Center has a number of resources, including a large tech-enabled room for programs and meetings; a MakerSpace room equipped with high-tech tools and gadgets, such as a 3Dprinter; and a large computer room with an iPad bar, 30 brand new computers; a SmartBoard, and digital video conference (DVC) facilities to enhance and expand international educational connection to users.