Italian Cultural Institute – Addis Ababa
Date: 7 February 2023
Tickets: Free Entrance
Presentation New Album Maqeda Regina Di Saba Atse Tewodros
Project Italo-Ethiopian Ensemble
- Gabriella Ghermandi
- Misikir Mindaye
- Camilla Ferrari
Acoustic Piano And Fender Rhodes – Fabrizio Puglisi
Kebero – Misale Legesse
Masinko – Endris Hassen
Bass Guitar – Camilla Missio
Washint And Avangala – Abu Gebre
Drums And Percussions – Tommy Ruggero
Acoustic And Electric Kirar – Anteneh Teklemariam
Atse Tewodros Project is a group of Italian and Ethiopian musicians born from the idea of the Italian-Ethiopian singer, performer, and writer Gabriella Ghermandi. It is a unique project as it is the only Italian-Ethiopian band in existence.
The ensemble intends to respect traditional Ethiopian music by opening it to dialogue and exchange. The group creates pieces of local music with jazz inserts, reworking it according to the traditions – very unknown abroad – of different ethnic groups in the country and performing songs in 8 different languages.
In 2022 Atse Tewodros Project recorded the second album “Maqeda” (Ethiopian name of the Queen of Sheba), entirely dedicated to the female figures of Ethiopian history and mythology and to the rituals of the ethnic groups that have women at the center. The album is the result of painstaking ethnomusicological research in Ethiopia.
In addition to some original songs such as “Lucy” (dedicated to the first hominid), in the program of the concert in Addis Ababa, which will present the new album for the first time, some pieces of the Italian singing tradition will also be performed, inserting Ethiopian musical instruments ( masinko, washint, kirar). An innovative exchange, given that up to now the ensemble has performed only with original pieces, inspired by the Ethiopian tradition.
The show is made with the support of the Italian Embassy in Addis Ababa, the Emilia-Romagna Region, and the ATER Foundation.
For More Information Italian Cultural Institute In Addis Ababa (Arada Sub-City,
Near Semien Hotel_Tel. 0111 553427_Www.Iicaddisababe.Esteri.It)