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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Let’s talk about ethnicity and nationalism in Ethiopia

So much of the discord and paralysis in the pro-rights movement in Ethiopia and the Diaspora comes down to one factor: ethnicity. Politics related to Ethiopia has become so heavily “ethnicized” that we have a difficult time distinguishing between ideology and identity. Conversations about change cease to center on shared concern (like justice, human rights

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Ethiopian Dream

Six years ago, as a young, inquisitive and idealistic undergraduate, I traveled to my country of birth, Ethiopia, on a quest to answer one of the toughest questions in political science: how does democracy develop in a...

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

#HistoryClass: Nigeria’s Super Eagles

Our British colonial masters brought us a lot of good stuff. Stuff such as education, Christianity and corruption, among others. But probably the best thing the Brits brought to us was football. Today, in homage to the...

Monday, May 26th, 2014

The legalization of political repression in Ethiopia

It has been one month since the latest round of repression against government critics in Ethiopia began. Last weekend, the Zone9 bloggers and three journalists who were arrested in late April appeared in court. To date, very...

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Why Blogging is a Threat to the Ethiopian Government

As I write this, I am eerily reminded that in Ethiopia, expressing your views can get you a first class ticket to prison. From April 25 to 26, 2014, nine Ethiopian bloggers and journalists were arrested. As...

Friday, March 28th, 2014

The Expat

"Even though I’m an immigrant, (my music) mirrors what a lot of African Americans experience because it’s such a black story. I’ve found inspiration from that community and they embrace me and allow me to do their...

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Zoran and his African Tigers

Every new nation (or with claims to nationhood) wants a national football team otherwise you may as well not exist in the first place. Palestine and Taiwan are recognized by FIFA, but not so lucky are Kosovo...

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

UPDATE: Silicon Valley and its Awkward Relationship with “Africa”

Immigration is almost always about the hustle. Whether you are a professor, a student, or a musician, you have to work hard to both pay rent and deal with a plethora of patronizing ignorance. And being an...

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Mulatu Astatke is a legend

Mulatu Astatke has achieved what most musicians could only dream of: he invented an iconic genre. In the 1970s, Astatke pioneered a fusion of western jazz with the traditional sounds and instruments of Ethiopia to create Ethio-jazz....

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Rastafari and His Imperial Majesty

Last week marked the 39th anniversary of the end of Emperor Haile Selassie rule over Ethiopia by a military coup that became the Derg regime (they in turn would rule until 1987). To mark this event, the Jamaica...

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

“They beg to be called refugees, but Israel calls them infiltrators”

Since February 2011, Meron Estefanos has acted as an interpreter, negotiator and kind of lifeline for Eritrean refugees held hostage in the Sinai desert. Meron’s story recently appeared on This American Life, the Chicago based radio program....

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Escaping categorization: a Q&A with Ethiopian photographer Michael Tsegaye

It’s hard to catch photographer Michael Tsegaye; photography jobs frequently take him to remote parts of Ethiopia, while his personal work graces urban art meccas like Paris, New York and Bamako. He’s soon Scandinavia-bound; Oslo will host...

Monday, July 1st, 2013

What can Barack Obama’s “Power Africa” program achieve?

Seven billion dollars is a lot of money—except when it goes into infrastructure. Then, $7bn, the sum that the US has committed to spend over the next five years on the Obama administration’s newly-announced Power Africa initiative,...

Monday, May 6th, 2013

The case of Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu

Last Friday, May 3, was World Press Freedom Day. Perhaps you may have missed it? On one hand, the Press Freedom Day parades, or sales, are far and few between. On the other hand, even the press...

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Vincent Moon’s Portraits of Ethiopian Music

Post by Addis Rumble * “Ethiopia is an island,” Vincent Moon explains. The French filmmaker has been on the road for four years now travelling and filming music and spiritual rituals across the globe and releasing them...

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Meet creative director and photoblogger … Metasebia Yoseph

Our new weekly feature profiles blogs and/or tumblrs curated by Africans, on the continent as well as in the diaspora. The posts will highlight influences, genres, and point to the kinds of work being produced by young African...

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

When Bob Marley went to Africa

The public persona (and the politics) of Bob Marley, whose birthday it is today,* was heavily informed by his relationship with Africa (both symbolically and in a real sense). In director Kevin MacDonald’s critically acclaimed film, “Marley,”...

Monday, January 21st, 2013

What We Learned From Day Three of The 2013 African Cup of Nations

Ethiopia’s wily head coach Sewnet Bishaw turned this game with a substitution on 64′, bringing on Addis Hintsa in central midfield. It was Hintsa’s through-ball that opened up the Zambian defence, which four minutes earlier had been...

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Afcon 2013 Preview: Ethiopia finally back where they belong (including incredible archival footage)

Guest Post By Andreas Hansen for Addis Rumble* It has been a long time coming. The Ethiopian national team has been rare guest at the Africa Cup of Nations. In the years after the inaugural tournament in 1957 –...

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Why didn’t Anthony Bourdain take his show to Cape Town?

Good on The New York Times for publishing an article on South African culinary options…I suppose something is better than nothing in this case. For those without a subscription, an article entitled “A Culinary Gateway to Cape...

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

How to write about children in Africa

In early October this year, PBS released the documentary ‘Half the Sky’, based on the book by frequent AIAC target and New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof and his wife Sheryl WuDunn (a former Times journalist) focusing...

Monday, September 24th, 2012

My favorite photographs N°7: Aida Muluneh

Ethiopian Aida Muluneh is one of the hardest working and most talented photographers I have ever met. Identifying African female photographers who document the continent is worth a PhD thesis due to the amount of research that...

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

10 things we learned from the African Cup of Nations qualifiers

1. This high-stakes knockout format might not be so bad after all. Qualifying groups are long, turgid affairs, especially the European ones, international football’s equivalent of the snoozetastic-but-moneyspinning Champions League group stages. Knockout football puts the big...

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

The loneliness of the Kenyan long distance runner

Xan Rice, the West Africa correspondent for Financial Times, has a piece in the most recent issue of The New Yorker (unfortunately you need a subscription) about the sensational, but short, career of the late Kenyan marathon runner,...

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Friday Bonus Music Break, N°4

Five for the weekend. I haven’t done this in a while. First up Philadelphians Chill Moody (rapper) and Cody Kahmar with the music video for “My Eyes”:

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

The Jazz of Samuel Yirga Mitiku

I was in Dubai recently, working on a documentary, and on the way back to Cape Town I visited Ethiopia to see some friends and experience some of the Ethio-jazz music I had fallen in love with...

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Stop Land Grabs Petition

The Oakland Institute has put together a petition to U.S. president Barack Obama and the USAID administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, asking them to stop their support to the Ethiopian government while the latter engages in exploitative land...

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

What happens to women in “villagization”? Don’t ask the news media

On Monday Human Rights Watch released a major report: 'Waiting Here for Death’: Forced Displacement and ‘Villagization’ in Ethiopia’s Gambella Region. Villagization basically amounts to rural gentrification, in which vulnerable populations are forcibly relocated, often at gunpoint...

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Music Break. Meklit Hadero

Meklit Hadero (Ethiopia | US) – Singer + songwriter. Ethopian American singer, songwriter and recording artist working on bridging the Ethiopian Diaspora living in the United States with Ethiopians in Ethiopia, through her organization The Arba Minch...

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Music Break. Sayat Demissie

Ethiopian pop from this past summer. Sayat Demissie is a former beauty queen. Her decision to embark on an acting and singing career divides the Ethiopian blogosphere.

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