Mulatu Astatke: Spreading ethio-jazz to the world - CNN
(CNN) -- You'd expect a conversation with Mulatu Astake to be about music. He is, after all, the father of a musical genre: Ethio-jazz. But when he talks about the art form, he tends to focus on its scientific merits.
"When you start talking about jazz, they're usually telling us that Africans contributed to the rhythm parts of jazz music, but it's not only the rhythms. We have contributed to the science of jazz as well," he says.
While innovators like Charlie Parker may get credit for the creation of modern jazz music by using diminished scales (as done in classical music by composers like Claude Debussy), Astake offers an alternative view:
"In southern Ethiopia, there are tribes called the Derashe -- I call them the scientists of music. By cutting different size bamboos, [they] have been playing this diminished scale [for centuries]. So who first created it? Debussy, Charlie Parker, or the Derashe tribes?"
Unsurprisingly, I'm not the only one who's been presented with such questions by Astatke, whose passion about Africa's contribution to music extends back to the 1960s when he went on to fuse the traditional Ethiopian five-tone scales with western 12-note harmonies to give life to a whole new music genre: the hypnotizing and eerily seductive soundscape of ethio-jazz.
Tecno Group favours Ethiopia ahead Nigeria for third assembly plant
Source: Business Day
China-based handset manufacturer, Tecno Group has concluded plans to build a factory in Ethiopia to enhance its presence in African market, investigations have revealed.
BusinessDay learnt that Tecno, which already runs two factories in the Ethiopian capital, chose Ethiopia for the ‘third phase’ mobile phone assembly and production plant ahead of Nigeria because of what industry sources linked to security challenges facing Nigeria.
It is not clear whether the Tecno Group would still consider Nigeria for assembly plant in the future.
According to AllAfrica, an online news report, the “Ethiopian government has already dedicated an investment area for the establishment of an ICT park to support the development of ICT. The foundation stone preparatory to the plant was laid for Tecno Group in the park which is under construction.”
Although the group vice president of the mobile phone brand, Arif Chowdhury, had last year assured that the company would build its African plant in Nigeria, it is not clear whether the company would live up to this promise or it has made a u-turn.
On the planned plant in Nigeria, Chowdhury says in a report that “Nigeria is Tecno’s biggest market in terms of volume, and Lagos will be the location of the plant because Lagos is not just the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria but also the economic capital of Africa.”
The company is still waiting for the right policies of government on duty structure for mobile phone imports to finalise their plans in building the plant, he says.
But reports indicate that the Tecno Group has made significant progress in its factory construction in Ethiopia where it started operations in 2009, and has employed about 400 workers.
Nigeria, the largest market in Africa with largest population, must have over time influenced Tecno’s business growth, a situation analysts believe would have influenced the company’s choice of where to set up its third African assembly plant.
Zambian contractors in Ethiopia for cobblestones course
By NANCY SIAME
Source: Daily Mail
A DELEGATION of Zambian medium and small-scale contractors is in Ethiopia to confer with their counterparts on matters of road construction using cobblestones.
The seven-man delegation is led by National Association for Medium and Small Scale Contractors (NAMSSC) president Mutale Mpepo.
This is according to a statement issued by the Zambian Embassy in Addis Ababa.
Mr Mpepo said when he paid a courtesy call on Zambia’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative in Ethiopia Susan Sikaneta, that the delegation’s visit to that country has been necessitated by the massive infrastructure development being undertaken by President Sata’s administration.
“As you are aware, Zambia is witnessing massive infrastructure development never seen before in the history of the country. Currently we have the Link Zambia 8000, L-400 and Pave Zambia 2000,” Mr Mpepo said.
He said NAMSSC members do not want to sit idly while President Sata is working hard to develop the country.
“We have been informed that Ethiopia has made great strides in paving roads using cobblestones, hence our decision to come here,” he said.
Ms Sikaneta welcomed the delegation and told them that they are on a very important mission in Ethiopia.
“Indeed, Ethiopia is very much ahead in using cobblestones. It is cheaper, effective, and durable and creates employment for the people. I am glad that your delegation is made up of people drawn from different parts of Zambia, meaning that this technology will reach the whole country,” Mrs Sikaneta said.
The delegation is in Ethiopia on the invitation of the Construction Contractors Association of Ethiopia which has put up a busy schedule for them.
Apart from presentations, they will be taken on site visits.
They will also attend an exhibition on equipment and technology.
Other members of the delegation are Mr Danny Simumba, Mr Justine Mutale, Mr Lloyd Musonda, Mr Edward Simwanza, Ms Janet Shantumbu and Mr John Mbewe.
The delegation returns to Zambia on Monday, September 22, 2014
Chinese invested urban complex project starts in Ethiopia's capital
Poli Lotus International Center, the first urban complex project in Ethiopia developed by Chinese investment, was opened on Monday in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.
The project executed by Tsehay Real Estate, which is co- invested by the China's CGC Overseas Construction Group (CGCOC) and Chinese investor Qian Xiao, includes public and residential buildings in function layout. The 1.5-million-U.S.-dollar project covers an area of 200,000 square kilometers, and is expected to finish in 2017.
The public building comprises high standard hotel, international A grade standard office, supermarket, banks shopping center and pedestrian commercial street.
Cutting the ribbon during opening ceremony, President Mulatu Teshome noted that the project enables to provide modern and efficient services to all its urban dwellers and the international community at large.
"This project, which is being undertaken and labelled as Poli Lotus International Center, is one of the most successful urban developments to bring efficient building construction technology and knowhow, thereby facilitating the smooth transfer of construction technology to Ethiopia," said the president.
"The size and quality of this investment, made by Chinese company, reflects the long-standing excellent bilateral relations between Ethiopia and China," he added.
Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia, Xie Xiaoyan, said at the ceremony that the project is a new concept that would bring new life to the city.
"The project will bring new concept, new experience to people's lives in the city because you can do everything here; you can go shopping, you can eat in restaurant, you can live in apartment comfortably," said the ambassador.
Speaking on the occasion, Sun Guoqiang, deputy manager of CGCOC, said "through the introduction of advanced technology, products service and capital as well from China we are dedicated to improving the living standard of the local people and promoting the economic development of Ethiopia".
He said his company would continue to contribute share to the comprehensive development of Ethiopia.
Egypt's irrigation minister to visit Ethiopia next Saturday
Source: Al Ahram
Egypt's Irrigation minister to attend expert committee to study impact of Renaissance Dam
Egypt’s irrigation minister, Hossam Moghazi, said on Sunday that he will pay a visit to Ethiopia next week for the opening of the first meeting of a national committee which includes 12 water experts from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan, state news agency MENA reported.
This National committee has been appointed to make studies on the Ethiopian Renaissance dam that is being constructed in Ethiopia, according to MENA.
Moghazi will be accompanied by the Sudanese and the Ethiopian irrigation ministers during his three-day visit next week.
Moghazi’s statements came in a meeting with journalists in Alexandria, Egypt in the presence of the Head of Cooperation at the Delegation of the European Union, Diego Escalona.
Last Month, Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia's irrigation ministers signed an agreement to conduct two studies to gauge the effects of Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam on its neighboring countries.
The committee has been given a six-month deadline starting from 1 September to formulate a timeframe to carry out the reports.
The dam has been a source of concern for the Egyptian government since May 2013, when images of its construction stirred public anxiety about the possible impact on Egypt's potable water supply.
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