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Ethiopia - Comic Relief 2003

Duration:
1 hour, 15 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 14 March 2003

For Comic Relief's Red Nose Day 2003, Andy went on the road in Ethiopia, a country with a rich musical tradition, a troubled political past, and a looming humanitarian crisis. He visited some of the Comic Relief-sponsored projects in Addis Ababa, including Street Symphony, which offers food, shelter and music coaching to homeless children, and he travelled to the south, which is facing a drought as severe as during the famine of 1984.

Music and featured items

24 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • The market in Addis Ababa

    Plenty of food despite the threat of severe famine.

  • Music Played

  • Mahmoud Ahmed

    Political censorship of songs.

  • Music Played

  • Andy Kershaw talks to Mahmoud Ahmed

    Mahmoud Ahmed's 'golden age' for Ethiopian music.

  • Music Played

  • An Urban Development Project

    Sponsored by Comic Relief.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Band of the IHA-UDP
      00:13

      Band of the IHA-UDP Traditional Folk Song

      BBC recording on location

    • Image for Zodita
      00:24

      Zodita Traditional Azmari music

      BBC recording on location

  • Ethiopian highland music

    The musicians are like minstrels who sing about what’s happening in the world that day.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Aster
      00:32

      Aster Traditional Azmari music

      BBC recording on location

  • The Gemini Project Band

    The aim of the group is to increase awareness of HIV/AIDs.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Gemini Project Band
      00:35

      Gemini Project Band Traditional folk music from northern Ethiopia

      BBC recording on location

    • Image for Gemini Project Band
      00:41

      Gemini Project Band Anti- HIV song

      BBC recording on location

  • Teddy Dann & Rastafarians

    The history of Rastafarians in this region

  • Music Played

    • Image for Teddy Dann with the Twelve Tribes
      00:42

      Teddy Dann with the Twelve Tribes United States of Africa

      BBC recording on location

    • Image for Musicians of the Shashamane Nyabinghi
      00:50

      Musicians of the Shashamane Nyabinghi Community Nyabinghi drumming

      BBC recording on location

  • The Nyabinghi drumming group

    The meaning of Ethiopia for Rastafarians.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Musicians of the Shashamane Nyabinghi
      00:56

      Musicians of the Shashamane Nyabinghi Community Nyabinghi drumming

      BBC recording on location

  • A food handout organised by Save the Children.

    The reality of the lives people face in this region.

  • Traditional folk music of Eastern Ethiopia

    Sung by children of Shinille Community School.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Children of Shinille Community School
      01:05

      Children of Shinille Community School folk music from eastern Ethiopia

      BBC recording on location

    • Image for Villagers of the pastoral community in Shinille
      01:09

      Villagers of the pastoral community in Shinille Traditional Somali song

      BBC recording on location

  • The pastoral community in Shinille

    Optimistic song aimed at thanking the charity donors

  • A classroom at the school in Shinille region

    A classroom at the school in Shinille region

  • An elderly man from the pastoralist community in Shinille stands outside his home

    An elderly man from the pastoralist community in Shinille stands outside his home

  • The men and women perform a traditional dance

    The men and women perform a traditional dance

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