Girum Mezmur

Whether in a hip new lounge or a crumbling Italian-era building, chances are high that somewhere in Addis a crowd can be found nodding its collective head to the sound of a passionately played sax or marveling at the intricate movements of fingers flying across a keyboard. Indeed, the Ethiopian capital is often hailed for having one of the most vibrant and dynamic music scenes in Africa, where crowds are pulled by the prospect of listening to anything from traditional Azmari beats to reggae and

Kenya deports high-profile refugee after Facebook post, sparking concerns

On the morning of Nov. 2, Kenyan armed forces entered the house of James Gatdet Dak and informed him that he was being arrested and deported back to Juba, South Sudan, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. Gatdet is a spokesman for former Vice President and opposition leader Riek Machar and had been registered as a refugee in Kenya since 2015. He was forced to flee South Sudan after violence between troops loyal to former Machar and government forces – which started in December

Olympic hopefuls bring inspiration to refugee camp

Kakuma refugee camp in north-west Kenya has been a place of celebration this week as residents cheer on their friends and family flying the flag for Team Refugee The sun is setting on another hot day in Kakuma refugee camp. On any normal evening, people would be hurrying home before the 8pm curfew, anxious to avoid trouble with the police. But every night for the past two weeks, the hurried scamper home has been replaced by an excited stream of people heading towards the temporary giant screens

Introducing Addis Acoustic Project

Since the 1990s, when French music enthusiast Francis Falceto rediscovered and collected hundreds of previously little-known tracks into the Éthiopiques series, Ethio-Jazz has enjoyed a new-found global popularity well beyond the regular world music crowd. As a fashionable Roman socialite remarks during a party scene in Paolo Sorrentino‘s film The Great Beauty, it is only a small exaggeration to claim that “Ethiopian jazz is the only kind worth listening to these days”. From Mulatu Astatke’s tu

Malawi’s Lake Of Stars Festival Returns To Its Roots

An eclectic mix of live music and DJs, palm-fringed white beaches, cold beer, hammocks, and some of the best stargazing in the world: can anything sound more appealing? These are only a few of the things drawing an ever-increasing number of music lovers to Malawi’s biggest music event, Lake of Stars. Set on the white sandy beaches of Lake Malawi, Lake of Stars has been showcasing Malawian talent alongside well-known international musicians since 2004 and is quickly becoming one of Africa’s most well-respected and exciting festivals.