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When 34-year-old Ethiopian American singer/songwriter Meklit Hadero met legendary Ethiopian musician Mulatu Atsatke, she was struck by the unorthodox advice the veteran “father of Ethio-jazz” had for her. A 71-year-old East African musical phenom, Atsatke didn’t beg her to hold onto the same lyrical or melodic stylings of his era. Instead, he urged her to find her own interpretation, to share her own evolving cultural experiences through sound in a way that departed from established tradition. The encounter was transformative for Hadero, who appreciates to this day the way it gave her “so much room to experiment” with her art.

Along with 25-year-old Eritrean American filmmaker Sephora Woldu and 36-year-old Ethiopian American musicianElias Fullmore (also known as Burntface), Hadero has been expanding that room for artistic diasporic experimentation through a multi-media arts project called the Home [away from] Home. The experimental art installation and festival explores “the evolving nature of ‘home’ as experienced by Ethiopian and Eritrean communities in the Bay Area” of Northern California.

i wrote a new thing!

Home [Away From] Home
An Ethiopian and Eritrean Arts Festival in Oakland, CA
So excited to be a part of this brilliance brought together by Meklit Hadero, Sephora Woldu & Ellias Fullmore (in partnership with YBCA) next week in The Bay Area! Learn more about the project here, and don’t miss this absolutely free all-ages festival on Sunday, September 14th featuring musical performances by Gabriel Teodros, CopperWire, Melted States, Zena Konjo and more. There will also be a Braiding as Sculpture competition, Umbrella Painting, a Family Portrait Salon, traditional coffee served all day, food vendors and a children’s play area.This is all taking place on Lake Merritt, next to the Gojo/Adgo we are building, which is housing events and new artwork created by the likes of Natasha Shompol, Zena Carlota Pearl Alen, Sedey Gebreyes, Esther & Noah Kibreab, Selam Bekele, Andre Jones, Joseph Gebre, Nesima Aberra and Mahader Tesfai the entire week leading up to the festival!I also wanted to point ya’ll to some cool interviews I did that went up over the last few months.  The first one is in the July issue of Re-Volt Magazine where I talked to Big Hass in Saudi Arabia about style, influences and Hip Hop today.  Before that I got to talk to Veronica Bayetti Flores at Feministing.com about redefining concepts of masculinity and home, and I also got a cool feature in the current issue of Seattle Magazine as one of "The 50 Bands Rocking Seattle Music Right Now".  Much love to everyone supporting the new album! If you haven’t gotten Children Of The Dragon in your life yet, what are you waiting for? Bandcamp. iTunes. There will be a lot more news about an even newer album with SoulChef on production very soon…In the meantime check this out: Ferguson - Seattle Solidarity Cypher featuring EarDr.Umz the MetroGnome on production and raps from Gabriel Teodros, JDFlow, Spekulation, Zar, Ant, Orbitron, Yze & King Khazm.See ya’ll in a minute,- gt

Home [Away From] Home

An Ethiopian and Eritrean Arts Festival in Oakland, CA

So excited to be a part of this brilliance brought together by Meklit HaderoSephora Woldu & Ellias Fullmore (in partnership with YBCA) next week in The Bay Area! Learn more about the project here, and don’t miss this absolutely free all-ages festival on Sunday, September 14th featuring musical performances by Gabriel TeodrosCopperWireMelted StatesZena Konjo and more. There will also be a Braiding as Sculpture competition, Umbrella Painting, a Family Portrait Salon, traditional coffee served all day, food vendors and a children’s play area.
This is all taking place on Lake Merritt, next to the Gojo/Adgo we are building, which is housing events and new artwork created by the likes of Natasha ShompolZena Carlota Pearl AlenSedey GebreyesEsther & Noah KibreabSelam BekeleAndre JonesJoseph GebreNesima Aberra and Mahader Tesfai the entire week leading up to the festival!

I also wanted to point ya’ll to some cool interviews I did that went up over the last few months.  The first one is in the July issue of Re-Volt Magazine where I talked to Big Hass in Saudi Arabia about style, influences and Hip Hop today.  Before that I got to talk to Veronica Bayetti Flores at Feministing.com about redefining concepts of masculinity and home, and I also got a cool feature in the current issue of Seattle Magazine as one of "The 50 Bands Rocking Seattle Music Right Now".  Much love to everyone supporting the new album! If you haven’t gotten Children Of The Dragon in your life yet, what are you waiting for? BandcampiTunes

There will be a lot more news about an even newer album with SoulChef on production very soon

In the meantime check this out: Ferguson - Seattle Solidarity Cypher featuring EarDr.Umz the MetroGnome on production and raps from Gabriel TeodrosJDFlowSpekulationZarAntOrbitronYze & King Khazm.

See ya’ll in a minute,
- gt

was thinking about net neutrality today, and how a future without it will affect the internet, and media in general. then i realized a majority of people who look to facebook before they look anywhere else on the internet, have already accepted an internet without net neutrality. it’s sad. facebook has already conditioned people to accept an internet where not all data is treated equally, where you have to pay for a better service that used to be free for all (people pay for their personal posts to appear in their friend’s newsfeeds now) and i think i’m only 1 of like 5 people i know that don’t keep a personal facebook page. the internet is already becoming more censored every day… and most people don’t even notice it.

media justice is everyone’s fight.

I know how you watch as you grow older (literally - this is not a figure of speech) the corpses of your brothers and your sisters pile up around you, not for anything they have done. They were too young to have done anything, and in any case too helpless. What one does realize is that when you try to stand up and look the world in the face like you had a right to be here… you have attacked the entire power structure of the western world.
James Baldwin
ethiopienne

Shukor and spice: a love letter to Ethiopian & Eritrean weirdos, troublemakers, and timid rebels

ethiopienne:

You, with the tongue that glues itself to the roof of your mouth when the whole family gathers and asks what you want to do with your life. You, who cannot bring yourself to force the words “artist, dreamer, anything but doctor or lawyer” out from the back of your throat. You, who hide your drawings, your quirks, your quiet rebellion. 

I see you. I see your weird radiance, your strange brilliance. I see you shrink yourself to fit the standards of communities adjusting to a country that does not know what to make of us. I see you pull away from eyes struggling to make sense of you from across the dinner table, across the group of aunties with backs turned away from your growth.

There are no words for this—this moment when you feel continents apart from the people who share your blood but don’t understand the way your heart beats differently from their own. There are no roadmaps to make sense of a path we do not know exists until we stumble upon it.

But you are not alone. Your shy, your strange, your troubled—they walked alongside your ancestors, too. Fear stood alongside them through every battle, self-doubt became their bedfellow. Your art is not without precedent. Your heart is not without match in our legacies. You are not the first to waver, to wander, to wonder.

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