Tuesday, July 23, 2024

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Meheret Selassie Mokonnen

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New Commission to oversee resource allocation between federal, regional governments

The House of Federation (HoF) finalized a study to establish an independent commission which will manage the revenue sharing process between the federal and...

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.

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 ‘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.

Say it with a video…

The young fellow is wearing a simple shirt and jeans; just standing still. Not knowing what is about to come, he waits solemnly. A businessman approached him. He did not react. The businessman carelessly opened his Samsonite and brought out a green and yellow paint.

Saving the natural mainstay of the capital

They call it “the lung of Addis Ababa”. And it does not take long for anyone who sets foot in the area to understand why. With the best panoramic view of the city, Mount Entoto is home to diverse flora and fauna. The taciturn, yet breathtaking Entoto Natural Park is part of the chain of mountains on the northern part of Addis.

Alternative serving: snack and drink on the streets

From the small fried fish that were sold on the streets of ancient Greece to the stir-fried noodles of modern day Bangkok, street food has been part of society for millennia.

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.

Noble moves

Fusion of traditional and contemporary Ethiopia is a melting pot of cultures and traditions. The traditional dance scene in Ethiopia speaks of this fact laud and clear.