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Debre Berhan Selassie an easy stroll 2km northeast of town. Despite its walls hosting the nation’s most vibrant ecclesiastical artwork, it’s the ceiling that captures most visitors’ imaginations. Think of Mona Lisa’s smile and multiply it 104 times!

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Erta Ale, the living Shield Volcano

Erta Ale is a very remote and rarely visited shield volcano in the Afar region of East Africa.

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Mulatu Astatke

The Father of Ethio Jazz: Mulatu Astatke

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Churches in Ethiopia

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Churches in Ethiopia Churches in Ethiopia

Kay Kabaro: Simien jackal

The Ethiopian wolf is the rarest canid in the world (Sillero 2001), and is one of the world's rarest mammals.

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Beautiful Scenery of Ethiopia

Awasa , southern Ethiopia’s largest city, is 100km further south and sits on the shores of attractive Lake Awasa. With plenty of facilities, a great fish market and row boats to boot, Awasa is a great place to stop.  

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Gonder: Medieval castles of Ethiopia

The Center of Ethiopian art and culture Gondar, founded by Emperor Fasilidas around 1635, is famous for its many medieval castles and the design and decoration of its churches.

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R.I.P. Tilahun Gessesse

x14Tilahun Gessesse, possibly the most popular singer of Ethiopia's "Golden Age Of Music,"

 

has died. Though suffering from diabetes for many years, it's believed he died of a heart-attack on April 19. He was 68.

Gessesse first achieved prominence in the late '50s with the Imperial Bodyguard Band, one of several long running acts associated with Ethiopia's various security forces. Singing mostly in Amharic, Gessesse's powerful tenor was considered the epitome of modern Ethiopian pop vocals during the '60s. His output during this period, like many others, was heavily influenced by Addis Ababa's cosmopolitan scene, and he dabbled heavily in American soul styles. His popularity was such that he performed for Emperor Haile Selassie three times.

Despite changing styles, Gessesse remained extremely popular for more than five decades and utilized his fame for humanitarian work. With the increased Ethiopian presence in North America and Europe starting in the 1980s, he became better known outside his homeland. Two anthologies of his work were produced this decade: one by Washington, DC-based EthioSound and the other being volume 17 in the popular Ethiopiques series issued by Buda Musique.

In recent years, he received numerous awards, including an honorary doctorate from Addis Ababa University, and was the subject of several fundraisers to support him financially through his illness.

Last weekend, just seven hours after returning from New York, the singer complained of chest pains and died en route to hospital.

 


 

Telish Died

The first time I saw Tilahun live, I couldn’t help the tears that fell down my cheeks. He was so humble when people would come and talk to him. He was on a wheel chair but yet he would try to raise himself up to show respect.

 

There are a few song by Tilahun I constantly listen too. He is the undisputed king of modern Ethiopian Music and I think that title is going to stay with him for the rest of my lifetime.

 

Tilahun Gessesse, 69, passed away at midnight on Sunday while he was being taken to the hospital feeling serious pain.

Rest in Peace Tilahun!

I’ve posted some old school videos of the Late singer so some of you youngins can listen and appreciate the style and grace.

Source: www.bernos.com


 

Tilahun Gessesse is Dead


 

 

I was saddened to hear of the death Sunday of a true master of Ethiopian music, Tilahun Gessesse, who has been the subject of several posts here at Likembe. The BBC reports:

 

The popular Ethiopian singer, Tilahun Gessesse, has died at the age of 68. He had been the most dominant figure in Ethiopian music for more than half a century and will receive a state funeral later this week.

Ethiopian radio and television interrupted programmes to broadcast tributes to the singer.

 

 

 

He started performing in the days of the Emperor Haile Selassie, and was for a time the lead singer in his imperial bodyguard band.The BBC's Elizabeth Blunt in Addis Ababa says that over the years, his plaintive tenor voice sang of love, family and friendship, as well as the more public themes of liberty, unity and justice. He had been in poor health in recent years because of diabetes.

Ethiopian Media Forum writes: The legendary Ethiopian singer, Dr. Tilahun Gessesse passed away on Sunday due to a sudden heart attack, EMF confirmed the news from close family sources. Dr. Tilahun has died at the age of 69, just hours after a surprise return from USA with his wife to celebrate the Ethiopian Easter.

His wife, Roman Bezu, said that he passed away while she was taking him to the nearest private hospital. “It was unfortunate that he couldn’t able to get medical assistance as most clinics had no doctors due to the Ethiopian Easter,” Roman added.

Family sources also said that Tilahun will be buried in public funeral scheduled on Wednesday, 22 April, at Holy Trinity Church in Addis Ababa.

Tilahun was attacked on his throat the same day, 16 years ago. Many were surprised by the coincidence. Tilahun had received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Addis Ababa University, in appreciation of his contribution to Ethiopian music.

Source: likembe.blogspot.com

 

 

 

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