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Spicing it up with salsa

Addis Ababa is no stranger to salsa and other Latino ballroom dance steps including Bachata, merengue and cha-cha-cha. Almost every night of the week is tinted with Salsa dancing nights. Sunday Salsa nights at club Bailamos and Fridays at Echo Lounge are among the most prominent ones, Meheret-Selassie Mokonnen explores the salsa scene in town.

Harsh realities for IDPs

The Government of Ethiopia, together with development partners is saying that rehabilitating citizens displaced due to the conflict between the bordering areas of Oromia and Ethiopian Somali regional states is progressing.

Reality through virtual glasses

These days, virtual reality is applied to almost every sector including medicine, engineering, architecture, heritage preservation, marketing and video gaming. Virtual reality blew up on the art scene in recent years changing the whole concept of art and how it is perceived.

The grateful Korean gesture

Since 1995, South Korea via KOICA (Korean International Cooperation Agency), has spent millions on aid within Ethiopia, sent hundreds of volunteers to the most rural parts of the nation and has changed the lives of many in the process.

The ‘royal family of reggae’ back in town

Morgan Heritage, a reggae band formed in 1994, made their first appearance at Reggae Sunsplash in Jamaica. Reggae music fans refer to the band as ‘The Royal Family of Reggae’ – a tag that is modestly accepted by band members.

Frozen pleasure: visiting Addis Ababa’s ice cream parlors

Yetsom Meyazhia is a common Amharic expression for non-fasting food items traditionally consumed in bulk on the eve of the onset fasting seasons. Most restaurants all over the country are crowded with people having ‘one last meal’ before weeks of fasting sets-in.

Chapter 2 for the all-female band

Founded in 2013 to tackle issues including domestic violence and forced marriage through songs and online videos Yegna primary aim was to have an impact on the culture of Ethiopia in Ethiopia by highlighting important social issues in the Ethiopian society.

Land of paradox: Israel

There are not a lot of countries and communities who can trace their ancestry back to the biblical times or even further back. Knowing this, Israel also exploits these historical heritages effectively and obtains big revenue from tourism.

Beijing nights

The capital of China, Beijing, is the most populous capital city in world. Most agree that it is a mega city with more than 3,000 years of history. However, the 21th century Beijing is truly a unique blend of the old and the new.