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Banana Man: taking art to the next level

When it comes to bananas, it seems that it is no longer taboo to play with your food. Artists around the world have turned to the curved canvas to create their latest playful and inspiring masterpieces.

Graduate art show at Ale

The Ale School of Fine Art annual graduate art show opened on Thursday at the school’s gallery to a large audience. Director of the school Agegnehu Adane and associate professor Bekele Mekonnen opened the exhibition to artists, art lovers and the families of the graduates.

The ways of the Rasta

The spiritual homeland of Rastafarianism is in Shashemene, a small town about 200km south of Addis Ababa. It was in Shashemene that the Rastafari community was given 200 hectares of land by Emperor Haile Selassie, who was in equal parts bemused and flattered to learn of his deification by the young religion in faraway Jamaica.

Hip-hop for justice and democracy

The Revolution Won’t Be Televised, a documentary about the power of words in the fight to win back democracy for the people of Senegal, is a powerful, gritty and colorful account of revolutionary hip-hop group Keur Gui and their fight for justice. 

World Cup fever in Addis

The 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup will come to an end tomorrow. Football fans are eagerly awaiting the momentous final game which will be played between France and Croatia – the latter being first time finalists. Dubbed as “the most beautiful game”, football is what unites many across the world.

Advancing art through virtual world

Despite Internet penetration in Ethiopia at a measly 15 percent, expensive data access, limited access to social media on top of rolling electricity blackouts, many individuals and businesses have found creative means of promoting themselves or their brands using social media. Tech and social entrepreneurs alike have effectively utilized social media, so why can’t artists use it too?

Innovation and AI at its best

This year's Information & Communication Technology International Expo in Addis Ababa was considered to be a big hit by attendees. Visitors, including various dignitaries, were excited to experience one of the world’s most advanced and perhaps most famous Artificial Intelligence – Sophia as she communicated with expo guests and expressed a wide range of facial expressions.

Sounds from the underground

Ethiopian Records (ER) is highly opinionated. His enthusiasm for certain passion issues combined with an inquisitive mind and strong orientation for research means he backs up those opinions with well informed facts.

A sparkling therapy

Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being.