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The Weeknd donates USD 100k to Ugandan clinic

The Weeknd has donated USD 100,000 to a medical center in Uganda to help fund a maternity and children’s clinic

The Ethiopian Canadian artiste made the donation to the facility in Budondo, Uganda after finding out about French Montana’s work to with the health center, reports E! News.

French Montana discovered the center in March after flying to Uganda to shoot his video for “Unforgettable.” There, he met with the organizers of the Suubi Center and was so moved he donated USD 100,000 to fund ambulances, incubators for babies born premature, cribs and a blood bank for the Suubi people.

He established the hashtag #Unforgettable Dance for the video, which he refers to as “a call to action to raise awareness for the needs of Suubi and the people of Uganda.”

The rapper has been spreading the word through his #Unforgettable Dance video which is touted as a “call to action to raise awareness for the needs of Suubi and the people of Uganda.” (E! News)

Sheikh Hussein Pilgrimage exhibition @ Alliance Ethio-Française

An exhibition dubbed Sheikh Hussein Pilgrimage was opened at Alliance Ethio-Française’s exhibition hall on Monday, June 19.

The exhibition depicts pilgrims who converge towards the tomb of Sheikh Hussein for the Arefa festival in the heart of the high plateaus of eastern Ethiopia. Some will walk more than a month to get there. 

Each year this Muslim pilgrimage has the rare characteristic of welcoming Christians and animists.  Strong and striking images of those who return from what they went to seek in the depths of the tomb are displayed. At night, songs carrying obscure forces, will keep the pilgrims awake under the light of a moon announcing the great prayer that will mark the end of the Hajj. 

When, in the early morning light, the thousands of voices ascend behind the Imam to testify that God is unique and that Mohamed is his prophet, an immense emotion will liberate the believers before sharing the ram of Abraham. The exhibition will be open till June 30.

Workshop for filmmakers @ Goethe

The Goethe Institute in Addis Ababa has organized a hands-on workshop for film directors, directors of photography, cameramen and sound operators. The workshop is scheduled to take place on Friday, August 25, 2017 and Monday to Friday, September 4 to 8, 2017 at the Goethe Institute, Addis Ababa

The workshop aims to support film makers in the production of a short film.

The organizers of the workshop want to build two teams who will both make a short film with the support of experienced film makers, Robin Robles and Hiwot Admasu – from the script to the premier on Friday, September 8. The program includes shooting and editing.

This workshop is part of “Creative Futures”, a program that runs for two years which aims at supporting the creative industries in Ethiopia. The program is jointly organized by the British Council in Addis Ababa, Goethe Institute and iceaddis. It is funded by the European Commission. Participants are required to apply before July 20, 2017.

Six Degrees Records releases Meklit’s album

Six Degrees Records has released Ethiopian American singer and composer Meklit Hadero’s latest album entitled ‘When People Move, the Music Moves Too.

Meklit’s new album was composed after a chance meeting in Addis Ababa with the legendary Mulatu Astatke.

Having first launched her music career in the mid-2000s, Meklit has since released five records, been named a TED Global Fellow and was an artist-in-residence at De Young Museum, Red Poppy Art House and New York University. She is the Co-Founder of the popular international group, Nile Project, which brings together musicians from 11 countries in the Nile Basin to tour and perform. She is also founder of the Arba Minch Collective composed of diaspora-based Ethiopian artistes looking to collaborate with colleagues residing in their native homeland. Meklit currently sits on the board of the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy, the organization that puts together the annual Grammy awards ceremony.

Six Degrees Records is noted for its catalog of recordings from international musicians and vocalists.