Ethiopian Culture

Dibabas family - fastest on the planet

Ethiopia: Meet the Dibabas, The Fastest Family on the Planet

Ethiopia is a running-mad country—but it’s never seen anything like the Dibabas. Chloe Malle heads to Addis Ababa to meet the fastest family on the planet. The only sound at the top of the Entoto Mountains is the thwack of a cowherd’s staff against the tree trunks as he leads his small herd of oxen home. I am doing my best to keep pace with Tirunesh Dibaba, 30, and her younger sister, Genzebe, 25, two wisplike Ethiopians with wide smiles…

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Ethiopian Film: "Lamb"

Ethiopian Film – Lamb – “A boy and his lamb”

The heartwarming Ethiopian movie of a boy and his lamb Living in a foster home after his mother’s death, a 9-year-old Ethiopian boy risks all to save his only friend — his mother’s pet lamb — in this touching semi-autobiographical drama from writer-director Yared Zeleke. UK Guardian – Lamb review – Sheer brilliance knits together first Ethiopian film at Cannes The first image in Lamb is a closeup of a small boy’s hand laying gently on the thick, auburn wool…

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BBC – Learn about Ethio-Jazz Music

BBC Music on the World Service with Cerys Matthews Mulatu Astatke Cerys’ musical legend for March is Mulatu Astatke, a multi-instrumentalist, composer and cultural ambassador who, in his 70s, is still busy touring and sharing his funky vibes with the world. Listen BBC – 3 minute clip12 March 2016 Born in the western Ethiopian city of Jimma in 1943, Mulatu was all set for a career in engineering when he headed to college in North Wales. But he quickly discovered…

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