The people of Addis Abeba are proud, shy, and generally don’t put a lot of trust into journalists. Only through the help of Sophie Bernard, a french music enthusiast managing bands in Ethiopia’s capital, I was allowed to access the world of the famous Azmari, underground poets and dancers with a century-old tradition. For one night and one day, I accompany the head of the scene, dancer and bar owner Melaku Belaye.

This video was shot for ARTE, Europe’s largest cultural TV network, in July 2010, and first published on tonspur.arte.tv.

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