ጠቃሚ ቁጥሮች

33

A nice, symmetrical number. Not old, not young, but a viable, die-able age (Arundathi Roy)

I share the day with

and one of these two

Even Google recognizes –I am a big deal 😀

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101Days left till I go back home. The details that go into the preparation, akin to hosting the Olympics. I bought the tickets way early in the hope that I could sit back and get my schadenfreude on as the prices went up. But the opposite has happened and I am all sohn von einem weibchen!

Maybe I should start a countdown; I know GeTere would like that very much 😛

Remember when we used to call her ቡቲክ and say that she is just showing off the nice fashionable clothes that she has brought from abroad? Now, her clothes look kind of funny.

20

Approximately how much of my studies are done. Although that part was challenging in its own right, it’s the opening act for a bigger CHALLENGE. Still, that won’t stop me from giving myself a pep talk, the way trainers say “OK, guys, last 10 rounds!!” in a 12 round exercise.

Met a fellow African student who’s in the final year of his studies. We chatted about our strong shared desires to go back home and be the instruments of as much (positive) change as we could. Decent conversation. Let’s just hope that we won’t end up being big condescending fishes in small ponds which constantly reminisce about ponds left behind. We need to bring the pond home, nah mean? And although it has got great chances of turning out to be the right and profitable decision, should we start to get it in our-probably-bald-by-then heads that we are martyrs “Look at us! We came back!”, may we chill.

Another thing I need to be doing is get my mythos and logos straight. This, from AAAS blogs, is what I would like to achieve; I hope it is true.

…Rather, what distinguishes American graduates from our foreign-educated counterparts in the workforce is what has been described as American core values—an optimism of outlook consisting of qualities such as a can-do attitude, rugged individualism (as popularized by historian Frederick Jackson Turner), efficiency and practicality, progress, and freedom. Generalizing about national character is, of course, perilous (and internalized values are difficult to measure). Will Americans excel at innovation in every industry or work setting? No. But there is apparently something in our educational DNA, learned but not inbred, that gives us a creative edge…

One

ደግሞ you live and you learn ነው አይደል የሚባለው? Discovered that “አልማዝ” is Russian for “Diamond”

ወዲህ ወዲያ እንዲህ እንዲያ

to and fro

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መክሊትዋን ያልቀበረችው መክሊት -ሃተታዊ ሆኖ ግን አጭር ዳሰሳ

Long time no see. I thought Meklit is worth talking about. She performed at Southbank in London. I listened to Kemekem on Youtube before going to her show. That’s pretty much how little I knew about her. Every single song in her show was good. I couldn’t put a single genre to her music. Ethio-jazz-soul-folk-goodness? She was great on stage. Loved her stories about life, childhood and Ethiopian music.

ከመከም ያገር ልጅ ይሻላል
ከመከም ቢከፋም ቢበጅም

She surprised us by bringing a jazz giant, Pee Wee Ellis (he was not mentioned in the listing). The result? Heaven for Ethio-jazz fan like myself.

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They went on to play the classic Ethiopian song Abay Mado. I doubt he rehearsed with them before appearing. You could see the two looking at each other and syncing up their improvisation. It made it even more fun to listen. It was like going back to the 60’s. Only a picture can explain how I was listening.

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I was last in a long queue to get her signed CD and a picture with her. Her latest album is We Are Alive. Do check it out.

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She said she had a lot to learn about Ethiopian music. You are right Meklit, there is decades of music to learn from, not to mention traditional songs that never made it to recording studios. I look forward to hearing more from you.

 

Girma Beyene, Seifu Yohannes, Teshome Mitku. All great artists whose songs are getting revived.



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