Monday, September 19th, 2011

Red Hot Chili Peppers got lost in Ethiopia

The Red Hot Chili Peppers funk jam track Ethiopia came following “a life-changing trip Flea and Josh took to the African country.” Josh says: It was like a musical field trip. We had outings every day. It was like summer camp… and then Flea got lost and when he was lost, he went through a

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

The Real Maids of Beirut

By Dan Moshenberg If you’ve followed the news from the Lebanon over the last few years, you’ve read quite a bit about the difficult to desperate situation of domestic workers. Maids, child care providers, housekeepers face unrelenting...

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Buying 10 Hollands*

It’s not just Evil Arab City States or Chinese firms that are buying up vast tracts of land in portions of Africa, set to produce specialised food crops exclusively for export. Now, the news is that “ome...

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Music Break

Dub Colossus member Samuel Yirga “plays one night a week in Addis’s only jazz club/coffee bar, where the way he mixes Keith Jarrett and Herbie Hancock with Ethiojazz has won him a cult following.” He says: I...

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Journalism in Ethiopia

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

New Indians in Africa

The Guardian has a piece on India’s growing economic influence on the continent. It opens with Manmohan Singh receiving a red-carpet welcome as he led a delegation to the India-Africa summit in Addis Ababa, which 15 African leaders...

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Fool’s Gold

Fool’s Gold’s “Surprise Hotel.” The group started as a side project of two young LA musicians, vocalist/bassist Luke Top and lead guitarist Lewis Pesacov, who set out to explore their shared love of various forms of African...

Friday, April 1st, 2011

The Land Question

The Guardian’s John Vidal reports from Ethiopia’s remote Gambella region where in the last 10 years “1.1 million hectares, nearly a quarter of its best farmland” have been sold or leased to foreign companies by the Ethiopian...

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

‘Stars of Ethiopia’


Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Shemelis Desta

A post about Ethiopia that is not about Meles Zenawi’s regime. Next week (Tuesday 7 till Sunday 12 December 2010) the inaugural Addis Photo Fest, featuring a group of African and African diaspora photographers, takes over the...

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

The Waka Waka Award*

This may yet become a weekly award on AIAC. The inaugural Waka Waka Award–name in honor of Shakira–goes to Jack Burkman, “GOP strategist,” who recently decided to insult Ethiopians and Nigerians in a Fox Business News studio “discussion”...

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

‘Tell Them You’re American’

I can’t say I was completely bowled over by Dinaw Mengistu’s first novel, “The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears,” about an Ethiopian immigrant in gentrifying Washington D.C. (Some of my friends loved it though and most literary...

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Ethiopian Democracy Lesson

Sean Jacobs Earlier this week the Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi addressed a public lecture on “leadership” at Columbia. Meles is in town for the UN’s talk fest slash summit on the Millennium Development Goals this week....

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Rastas in Ethiopia

Via Kenyan-based A24 Media.

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Chelsea FC Supporters’ Club

English football is big in Africa. One reason as photographer Eric Lafforque explains–in the text accompanying his image on Flickr of a Hamar young man in rural Ethiopia repping for his club–is the role of free broadcasts of...

Friday, April 2nd, 2010


It’s Friday so here’s some links and stories I have managed not to give the proper treatment to this week. * What’s Jeffrey Gettleman problem? This week he has a story in The New York Times about...

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Haile Gerima’s ‘Teza’

The Ethiopian director Haile Gerima made one of last century’s most recognizable African films, “Sankofa,” about the transatlantic slave trade. Now he has a new film, “Teza,” which revolves around themes of exile and dictatorship in Ethiopia....

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Mulatu Astatke’s ‘Green Africa’

Updated: The Ethiopian jazz master has a new album. This is the first single.  Maybe this is his blueprint for carbon emissions.

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Kidnapped, Raped then Married Off in Ethiopia

An excerpt from a report in the UK-based The Independent: Every woman remembers her wedding day with a tear in her eye – but, here in Ethiopia, the tears are different, and darker, and do not stop....

Friday, December 11th, 2009


Nice short insert from Dutch TV station, Metropolis TV (the inserts are produced by local correspondents) of a young Ethiopian Rasta–a descendant of a Jamaican family who had moved to a small town 250 km outside the...

Thursday, November 19th, 2009


This is good.

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009


Teddy Afro, the most popular Ethiopian singer, was recently released from prison after serving time for what was widely believed to be trumped-up charges. “Mr Afro was jailed for a hit-and-run incident in 2006, despite always insisting...

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