1. BBC Radio 4 - Swinging Addis

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    from Dominic Byrne / Added

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    TX: Tuesday 25th March 2014 – 11.30am – BBC Radio 4 ‘There is Swinging Addis just like there is Swinging London, bell-bottom trousers, mini skirts…’ In the 1960s and early 70s, unknown to most of the outside world, Addis Ababa’s nightlife was electrified by a blend of traditional folk music, jazz, swing, rhythm and blues. Clubs were full, dance floors packed with young people moved by the music of a new generation of Ethiopian pop stars who were inspired by Elvis and James Brown but gave their sound a unique twist. ‘…When we played the record on the loudspeakers, the traffic police had to be sent to disperse the young people dancing on the street.’ The story begins in 1896, following Ethiopia’s victory against the invading Italians at the Battle of Adwa, when the Russian tsar Nicolas II sent Emperor Menelik 40 brass instruments. It became the imperial music – and planted a seed. Then, on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 1924, the prince who would become Emperor Haile Selassie met a marching band of young Armenians orphaned in the recent Ottoman massacres. He shipped the “Arba Lijoch” (“Forty Kids”) back to Addis Ababa and installed them as the imperial band. The emperor’s new big band ensembles proved to be incubators for the stars of a new sound craved by a young generation demanding musical – as well as social and political – change. In 1969, a 26-year-old music producer called Amha Eshete defied an imperial decree giving the state a monopoly over the reproduction of music to release Ethiopia’s first-ever independent record with Alemayehu Eshete. When the pair played it on a loudspeaker from Amha’s music shop, the young people dancing in the street stopped the traffic. The rest was history. In Addis Ababa, Courtney Pine meets some of the veterans of the Swinging Addis golden age of Ethiopian jazz, including Mahmoud Ahmed and Alemayehu Eshete – the ‘Ethiopian Elvis’. These Ethiopian heroes, now in their 70s, are like the Buena Vista Social Club stars of their country. Courtney speaks to the legendary Ethiopian music producer Amha Eshete, while his guide on his musical journey of discovery is Francis Falceto, the French music producer who ‘rediscovered’ these artists and brought their music to the west, and has now compiled 30 albums in the Ethiopiques series. Courtney finds Addis Ababa is still swinging, and meets one of the new generation of Ethiopian jazz musicians who are picking up the beat, the young pianist Samuel Yirga, to jam Ethiopian style. Presenter: Courtney Pine Producer: Eve Streeter A Film By: Dom Byrne A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

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    • "Ethiopiques" - teaser

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      • TEZETA [The Ethiopian Armenians]: Long Trailer

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        from Aramazt Kalayjian / Added

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        Please support our documentary and visit our IndieGogo fundraising site today. Give if you can, share if you can't! Thank you mucho! http://www.indiegogo.com/tezeta/x/1577271 TEZETA [The Ethiopian Armenians]is a film about the tremendous impact of a small minority of people on the culture of a nation; the struggle to retain cultural identity and remain a viable community; and the role that music played in serving as a bridge between two cultures. 

We started collecting footage six months ago in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During this time, we became acquainted with many Ethiopian Armenian community members whose families have lived in Ethiopia for several generations, as well as others touched by the Armenians’ profound legacy. Particularly compelling is the mark Armenians have left on the musical landscape of Ethiopia, which is why we’ve chosen to focus on this aspect of the story. 

 To date, we’ve conducted forty-five half-hour to hour-long interviews with Ethiopian Armenians, as well as Ethiopian musicians, historians, and clergymen. Our interviews have been in French, Amharic, Armenian, & English. We’ve filmed concerts, recitals, & church ceremonies. We’ve photographed places and people relevant to the story. 

We’ve come a long way but we have a lot more to go! 



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        • Interview with Salpi Nalbandian in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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          from Aramazt Kalayjian / Added

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          I had a sit-down interview with Salpi and Vartkes Nalbandian Sunday evening. They were very informative and welcoming as we had a conversation after dinner. I learned a great deal about the Armenian role in Ethiopia's musical history as well as their perspective on the global phenomenon of Ethio-Jazz with the release of Francis Falcetto's Ethiopiques records. The Nalbandian musical legacy in Ethiopia is pretty well-known in musical circles. Kevork Nalbandian was the first conductor of the royal orchestra comprised of 40 orphans called the Arba Lijoch. His nephew, Nerses Nalbandian, was the Musical Director of the National Theater in Addis Ababa as well as composed the music for the anthem of the African Union. He taught most of the Ethio-Jazz greats and became well-known as an infuser of Ethiopian flavor into Western Jazz. Nerses Nalbandian also worked to establish the Yared School of Music which is now considered a university level musical academy. Nerses' children, Salpi and Vartkes, have now inherited the responsibility to uphold and maintain not only their father's legacy but the heritage of Armenians and their part in Ethiopian culture. This is a short clip from our discussion. In this clip Salpi Nalbandian is speaking about the support they offered Francis Falcetto in his quest for creating a compiled and mastered collection of as much Ethio-Jazz as he could find:

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          • Swinging Addis_First Teaser

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            from Miguel Llansó / Added

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            Just some ideas for the film "Swinging Addis". It will be directed by Francis Falceto (Ethiopiques) & Miguel Llansó. Concerts shots by Israel Seoane. The project is at the very beginning...

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            • "SEMA" _ uKanDanZ (EthioSonic / Buda Musique)

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              from Julien Coquet / Added

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              Un autre regard sur l'Ethiopie, loin de Goldman et des clichés misérabilistes. Dans le sillage de uKanDanZ et de leur tournée 2011 sur les terres d'Abyssinie. Du groove, de la sueur, de la danse, de la poussière, des manars, du spritz juice, des fèrendj endiablés, un azmari bet, des épaules qui déboitent, des pompes et des cireurs de pompes qui font la fête à leur propre musique. Mettons un pied dans la Corne de l'Afrique, jetons un oeil dans la Mecque de "l'Ethio-Jazz" ! Realisation et montage: Julien Coquet Images: Julien Coquet & Julien Vindry Contact: jcoquet.tournage(at)gmail.com uKanDanZ - The future of Ethio-groove www.ukandanz.com Asnake Guebreyes - Vocals Lionel Martin - Tenor sax Fred Escoffier - Keyboards Damien Cluzel - Guitar Guilhem Meier - Drums Special Thanks to / Un Immense Merci à Tesfaye Semegne, LEJ'Yared Zelalem (dessin/peinture/paintings), Estephanos, Abraham Haile (Blue Nile Film Academy), Theodros Teshome (Teddy Studio), Serawit Fikre (Serawit Multimedia Production), Melaku Belay (Fendika Azmari Bet), Francis Falceto (EthioSonic), L'Alliance Ethio-Française (Denis-Charles Courdent), Ivan Sougy, Nadège Mourenas, Camille Geoffray, Lola Prat, Julien & Anne Vindry et une pensée toute particulière à Emmanuel PAMPURI / Les Machineurs / TractoFilm.

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