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  • Kebron Charity Club: Perfect Model for Humanity.

    Kebron charity club was established by 32 volunteer youths who lives in mekelle city in Nov 06, 2015 and registered under 338/2008 of Tigray social affairs bureau to solve the socio-economic problems of society and made its focus area in children, with age range between 7-15 years old. In the current situation kebron has 42 children under its umbrella and it has been providing them all rounded supports especially educational supports.

    Objectives

    • To provide educational materials to the children.
    • To create and develop culture of helping each other in the society.
    • To see a harmonized and problem free society.
    • And providing all rounded support so as the students will be in school.

    Kebron always acts as a bridge between the society and the poor students and tries to fill the gap in between. Kebron helps those children to be in school by providing all educational related materials.


    Mission

    • To maximize students’ self-confidence and self-esteem so as to use their talents effectively.
    • To solve the socio-economic problems and cultural influences on the students by integrating with parents, teachers and other concerned bodies.
    • To make schools the source of students with good ethics and self-confidence.

    Activities done by Kebron in 2015

    • In the beginning of 2015 it has given a hundred dozens of exercise books, three packs of pens and pencils to students found around “ Aynalem “.
    • Has provided sanitary materials such as soaps, detergents, combs, hair oils and modes for female students.
    • Kebron has spent holidays like Christmas and Easter with street children and elders and made a donation of clothes and shoes that was collected from people around mekelle.
    • And has given 42 hens with all accessories to the students’ family for Easter holiday.


    < One Pack for One Child >

    It is a one method of collecting educational materials and involving and creating awareness to the society.

    One pack for one child stands for...

          - 12 exercise books,

           - 2 pens,

            - 2 pencils,

           - 2 sharpeners,

           - 2 rubbers for one child. Kebron Charity club has collected above 300 packs, which is estimated above 45000 birr, and distributed it to 300 students from the seven sub cities of mekelle.  

     

     

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  • Ethiopian Traditional Music Instruments

    Stringed Musical Instruments


    these music instruments works by vibration.
    1. "Begena" :- this is used for spiritual purpose.
    2. "Kirar" :- this has been used for many years to express happiness, depression, love and battle cry.
    3. "Mesenko" :-Particularly found in northern part of  Ethiopia
    4. "Dita " :- this is one type stringed instrument and is Found in Sidamo.
    5. "Dul " :- this is one type stringed instrument and is Found in Gambella.

    Woodwind Musical instruments


    1. "Washint" :- Mostly used by herdsmen in country sides and in stages to back up other musical instruments.
    2. "Embilta" :- there are three types of embilta, "efun", "Awra" and " Yema". It's used for national celebration and other events.
    3. "Meleket" :- This been used in the earlier days to declare governmental information for the public.
    4."Dinke" :- Thie instrument is used in Sidamo province to see off funeral service.
    5."pareresa" :-Widely used in southern part of Ethiopia as
    musical background.
    6."hura" :- This is used as a musical instrument in some ethnic groups.
    7."checha ziye" :-It's used as a background music for dance events.

     

     

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  • Rahel Art Gallery : An Eye Opener Place for Art

    At the heart of mekelle there’s one eye catchy, compound filled with green trees and fresh air. Rahel art gallery is one of the leading places in mekelle to refresh your self and gather up friends to have good time. It was opened in 2014 by painter Rahel Buluts aimed to promote art and create one option for entertainment in mekelle, a town experiencing shortage of entertainment areas.

      Rahel art gallery owns a gallery which combines various collection of paintings and sculptures made by young and experienced artists. Inside the art gallery there are two rooms which are dedicatedly open the whole day for domestic and foreign visitors.

    Inside the compound, there’s a coffee shop where people can enjoy drinking coffee or tea and eat the domestic bread named as “hanzza” with “mess” an Ethiopian domestic drink originally made of honey. In addition there are many books written by different authors which are free to be read by the customers of the art gallery.

                    Rahel art gallery is well known by its art event which takes place every Saturday afternoon at 9 o’clock local time. At this event many young and experienced writers present their short novel, poems, monologues and jokes from mekelle city and its surrounding towns. This art event is also becoming one big venue for inauguration of books and stage for inspirational speeches by different scholars.

                    Outside the compound, there’s one room filled with different cultural and historic gift items where many tourists purchase gift for their beloved ones.

     

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  • The Lalibela Churches

    The town and churches are named after an early thirteenth century king called Lalibela, which means the bees recognize his sovereignty for he was supposedly surrounded by them and at his birth. lalibela was part of a dynasty which traced its origins back to the kings of Israel. One day the king was given a vision of Jerusalem and inspired to build a New Jerusalem as his capital. This was quite possibly in response to news of the capture of Jerusalem by Saladin in eleven eighty seven. King lalibela immediately set about making plans to build his new Jerusalem. He was determined that the town of Roha would become a city worthy of the name Jerusalem to stand the test of time. he began by renaming aspects of the town's to reflect biblical names the river which ran through became the river Jordan and crossed this new Jerusalem sprang a total of thirteen churches. According to legend these buildings sprang up remarkably quickly with men working on them during the day. And night shift work by angels who naturally work twice as fast.

    Possibly the largest monolithic church in the world, its style is believed to have been inspired by Saint Mary of Zion church in the nearby city of Axum. And it currently serves as the home of one of Ethiopia’s most precious religious and historical alum Lalibela cross, bet medhanialem forms part of a complex along with bet Mariam; Mary’s church and bet golgota the church of golgota. Mary’s church is possibly the oldest of all the structures in Lalibela within the church is beautifully designed covered in ornate geometric designs incredibly vibrant colors. The church of golgota is set to contain the tomb of king learned a lot in cells, along with the Selassie chapel, supposed father of the world. Next we take a look at the western groups and bet deal Georgis, church of Saint George. This cross shaped building has been called the eighth wonder of the world. It is the best preserved and probably the last to be built at the Lalibela churches. carved from solid red volcanic rocks is the striking structure sunk into the hillside once again craftsmanship is of the highest standard with beautiful details such as hair or a window, and of course within the church of saint George there are in fact images.

    Finally we look to the eastern group and bet Emmanuel, the church of God is with us. The architecture of this church distinctive carved from one rock. It shares many features with other buildings in this part of Africa. Nearby is best Merkorios, partially collapsed in the earthquake possibly a former prison and ironically supposed to represent paradise. Next, bet Aba Libanos, house of the Holy Father carved from sub surface rock face can still be seen above. And finally, bet Gabriel Rufael church of Gabriel and Rufael.this church was possibly form of oil pallets and is linked to a holy bakery. All these magnificent buildings raise the question how did king Lalibela constructed them in the forty year reign? One can see why such a feat is said to have been helped along by angels, however might be another explanation as to how the town of Lalibela Taylor gained its fabulous churches. It has been noted that the architectural style represented here at the monastery of Debredamo is replicated in at least two of the churches in Lalibela. This style has its origins in the sixth century is said to have inspired work at Lalibela and be completed after the king's death.

    However recent research throws out this hypothesis and suggests instead that the churches of the Merkorios, Gabriel and Rufael was built up to five hundred years earlier by the Axumite kingdom.  in the last days of Axum's power IT has been suggested that the eastern buildings at Lalibela were constructed as fortifications and palace structures for officials. These structures inspired by a broader architectural heritage may well have inspired the work at Lalibela to begin and explain how the king can be said to complete them himself. There is also the suggestion by local historian bet Aba Libanos was built after the king's reign. The king's widowed queen is credited with building Aba Libanos as a memorial in the wake of her husband's death. This theory stretches the time line further and enable some buildings have been built before.  Debate and research continues but whatever the case may be one thing is certain; the churches at Lalibela were not constructed by Templar knights or aliens for that matter. What they were and are however are remarkable feats of engineering and architecture, they are home to stunning works about more than six hundred years old, and thus rightly or focus of national pride pageantry.

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  • Interview with Samuel Tirga

    Question:Tell us about your home, where do you live (no stalkers allowed) and places you have lived. If you could live anywhere in the world where would that be?

    Samuel: "I was born in Addis Ababa at 6kilo area. I have lived my whole life there. I have traveled to many countries and people think that I lived outside Ethiopia for some time specially in the UK, London because I traveled more to UK. However, because I couldn't really leave my country and my dream to change the music industry made me stay here in Ethiopia. But nowadays this energy is going away so if I leave for another country, I might choose one that I know very well. So far I love New Zealand the most and would love to live there".

     

    Question: Tell us the first piece of music which inspired you or you simply remember....and what do you most like about being a musician? Back to music and people if you could spend an hour with any artist (dead or alive) who would that be and what would you talk about?

    Samuel: "Ye Harer Shererit' is the first song I simply remember because that's the first Ethiopian song I played on the piano. It's a very old folk song.
    As for artists to hang out with It would be Herbie Hancock because lots of my interests in music resemble his. He loves experimenting on new sounds and music styles using cultural elements. He's not limited to one type of music but different styles. That's me in general. As a musician, I love to explore different things. So if I sat with him, the first thing I would talk to him would be about the piano. How he sees piano and what he feels about the instrument. Then we would discuss about culture and value. And his challenges as an experimental musician and his advice as an idol.

     

    Question: What's your favorite venue/place to hang out and why?

    Samuel: "I love coffee and cafes. So most of the places I love are cafes with good coffee. Mostly to Kaldis & Mamokacha and of Course Taitu hotel. As a country of coffee, we've got many good places for coffee. I'm not a club or bar person unless to watch a live band. The other important thing is that I don't want to be excluded from the society therefore I walk in different parts of Addis and sit in cafes not to be a stranger and not to feel strange. It's very difficult for someone to get established and be away from the real society. When you want to be in the crowd one day, you feel like you traveled to a place that you weren't supposed to be if you don't actually go to such places. Therefore, you should make it normal by going to such places. One way or fame can't delete that we're human".

     

    Question: Who are you currently listening to and how did you find them. We are sure you were given some advice at a younger age so what would you say to anyone wanting to work in the music business?

    Samuel: "Currently I'm listening to some artists like Incognito, Corinne Bailey Rae, Chick Corea, Irie Révoltés (Germany)
    Music in general needs passion, courage, honesty and patience. The music industry as a business is very profitable at the same time very challenging. It also needs honesty to really be successful otherwise failure would be the result. In order to run business that's related to music, someone should also know some kind of music and the Value of Art. That is the professional way and I believe it makes the person very successful. In Art, you should also take a Risk. Risk in creating new sound, experimenting on different elements, to create unusual types of music will never make you wrong but unique. Therefore, you don't have to worry if you're wrong by creating a new thing. Other than creating new music, you should also create an identity for yourself otherwise your value in music won't be special.

     

    Question: Anything you want to add or promote? What can we expect from you next?

    Samuel: "My next projects are two music albums. First, a pop vocal album of mine. Playing piano is what my fans know but singing has been my passion too. I'm working on my singing and it's just for the local market especially for the younger generation. I believe there must be various types of music productions in Ethiopia other than traditional music and the usual pop music. This is to add more options and entertain the young but it might work for others too.
    Secondly an album for the international Market which is a continuity of “Guzo”. It has very interesting elements and I believe it can be successful like my debut album “Guzo”.

    Other than that, I would love to produce new, young and talented Ethiopians for local and international market. I see big potential but I know there's less opportunity here. However, I want the standard of the production for both the local and international market to be high. Therefore I don't know the challenge of recording here in Ethiopia. However, I'll try to do my best in solving the problem".

     

     

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