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Ethiopia - Comic Relief 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.

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.

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Fri 14 Mar 2003 22:15

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  • The market in Addis Ababa

    Plenty of food despite the threat of severe famine.

    Duration: 04:44

  • Music Played

  • Mahmoud Ahmed

    Political censorship of songs.

    Duration: 05:25

  • Music Played

  • Andy Kershaw talks to Mahmoud Ahmed

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

    Duration: 03:17

  • Music Played

  • An Urban Development Project

    Sponsored by Comic Relief.

    Duration: 13:43

  • Music Played

    • Band of the IHA-UDP

      Traditional Folk Song

      • BBC recording on location.
    • 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.

    Duration: 07:49

  • Music Played

    • Aster

      Traditional Azmari music

      • BBC recording on location.
  • The Gemini Project Band

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

    Duration: 07:49

  • Music Played

    • Gemini Project Band

      Traditional folk music from northern Ethiopia

      • BBC recording on location.
    • Gemini Project Band

      Anti- HIV song

      • BBC recording on location.
  • Teddy Dann & Rastafarians

    The history of Rastafarians in this region

    Duration: 10:30

  • Music Played

    • Teddy Dann with the Twelve Tribes

      United States of Africa

      • BBC recording on location.
    • Musicians of the Shashamane Nyabinghi

      Community Nyabinghi drumming

      • BBC recording on location.
  • The Nyabinghi drumming group

    The meaning of Ethiopia for Rastafarians.

    Duration: 05:22

  • Music Played

    • 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.

    Duration: 06:47

  • Traditional folk music of Eastern Ethiopia

    Sung by children of Shinille Community School.

    Duration: 04:04

  • Music Played

    • Children of Shinille Community School

      folk music from eastern Ethiopia

      • BBC recording on location.
    • 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

    Duration: 03:51

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