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Ethiopian Singer Abby Lakew Donates All Proceeds from Album to Charity

Abby-Lakew-Donates-Ethiopia October 14, 2017 - Ethiopian singer Abby Lakew announced that she will be donating all proceeds from her latest album to charity. Local Ethiopian charity ‘Mekedonia Home for the Elderly and Mentally Disabled’ is to be the recipient of the gesture from the star.

One hundred thousand copies of the Ethiopian singer albums are to be released in the coming weeks, with more to be followed. Her latest work, her second full-length album is a follow up to the hit – “Man’ale” a bilingual album of Amharic and English songs from 2007 which cost USD 40,000 to make.

Ethiopian Singer Betty G Becomes UNHCR High Profile Supporter

Betty-G-UNHCR-EthiopiaOctober 8, 2017 - One of Africa’s fastest rising Ethiopian music stars, Betty G, has been named as Ethiopia’s high profile supporter of United Nation Higher Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). Betty G, who catapulted to stardom following the release of her debut album “Manew Fitsum” in 2015, said “We have a government that is willing to do even more for refugees. Your voice, talent and prominent role in the field of arts, will help to expand knowledge and awareness of some 850,000 refugees currently hosted in the country.”

Ethiopian Government Reportedly Halts Teddy Afro Concert

Teddy-Afro-concert-deniedSeptember 3, 2017 - Ethiopian authorities are taking a series of measures to prevent Teddy Afro’s event from taking place in the capital, Addis Ababa, reports the BBC. A BBC reporter says federal police showed up at the hotel in Addis Ababa hours before the party and stopped Teddy's sound team from setting up. His manager told the BBC that they are yet to get official reasons why the launch party was cancelled.

The Ethiopian Pop star is a huge figure throughout Ethiopia. Teddy enjoys almost cult-like following and his latest album - his fifth - has elevated him to legendary status in Ethiopia’s music industry.

Ethiopia to Host Its Largest Ever Concert in Memory of Bob Marley

Ethiopia-Largest-Concert-MarleySeptember 3, 2017 - Ethiopia will host its largest ever concert for Bob Marley in February 2018, reports IOL.ZA. According to the report, India.Arie, Angelique Kidjo and the Marley family will join a roster of international music stars in Ethiopia to celebrate the 60th birthday of the late reggae legend Bob Marley - the first time the event has been held outside the singer's native Jamaica.

Hundreds of thousands are expected to participate in a month of festivities in Ethiopia starting Feb. 1 dubbed "Africa Unite" in tribute to one of Marley's many famous songs.

Teddy Afro’s Concert Denied Permit for Third Time

Teddy-Afron-denied-permitAugust 23, 2017 - Ethiopian musician Tewodros Kassahun (Teddy Afro’s) New Year’s Eve concert has been denied a permit, according reports. The Ethiopian Pop star’s concert, which was to take place on 10 September at the Addis Ababa’s Millennium Hall, was expected to draw more than 10,000 Ethiopian fans. The artist was reportedly to receive $76,980 (1.8 million Ethiopian birr) from organizers of the event, Joy Events and Promotion PLC, which sent an application to the Ethiopian government at the start of July.

May 9, 2017 ( - It seems puzzling to see people in a cold, rainy morning in Addis Ababa waiting in line to buy a CD album and admit that they don’t even own a CD player. However, many couldn’t pass the opportunity to buy Teddy Afro’s new music album titled Ethiopia. “It has a sentimental value to me’’ said Teshale Moges, a bank teller, as he stood in line smiling and admitting that he doesn’t own a CD players since he considers them outdated. But he proudly said he would keep the new Tewodros Kassahun (AKA Teddy Afro) 5th studio album in his house.

Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation Criticized for Failing Its Responsibilities

EBC-CriticizedMay 7, 2017 - Members of Ethiopian Parliament criticized the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corportation for failing to live up to its responsibilities as a public media, according to the Reporter. The members of parliament said the corporation is influenced by public officials and does not always serve the interests of the Ethiopian people.

The corporation was also criticized for tedius programming and increasing reliance on advertisements, according to the report.

The corporation General Manager, Seyoum Mekonnen, acknowledged some of the problems the corporation is facing, and even cited examples of interference from some public officials.

Turkish TV Series Popularity Growing in Ethiopia - Ambassador

Turkish-TV-series-popular-ethiopiaFebruary 7, 2017 - The international popularity of Turkish TV series has spread around the world over the years, and Ethiopia is not an exception, according to Daily Sabah. The number of Ethiopian viewers watching Turkish series has seen a significant hike in recent years and it goes hand in hand with an increase of locals' interest in Turkish culture, Turkey's ambassador to Ethiopia said.

The Turkish Ambassador in Addis Ababa, Fatih Ulusoy said, "In Ethiopia, over the last one and a half years, Turkish TV series has been very popular."

Ethiopian Band Yegna to Continue Despite Funding Cut from UK

Yegna-to-continue-despite-funding-cutJanuary 16, 2017 - Yegna Managing Director Solome Tadesse spoke on Tuesday of continuation of the project despite the UK Department for International Development (DFID)’s decision to cut its funding for the project. DFID has been working with Yegna for the past four years and had a plan to give it GBP 11.8 million between 2015 and 2018 through its partner Girl Effect. But DFID announced the end of its partnership with Yegna a few days ago.

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