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.
Music and featured items
The market in Addis Ababa
Plenty of food despite the threat of severe famine.
Political censorship of songs.
Andy Kershaw talks to Mahmoud Ahmed
Mahmoud Ahmed's 'golden age' for Ethiopian music.
An Urban Development Project
Sponsored by Comic Relief.
Ethiopian highland music
The musicians are like minstrels who sing about what’s happening in the world that day.
The Gemini Project Band
The aim of the group is to increase awareness of HIV/AIDs.
Teddy Dann & Rastafarians
The history of Rastafarians in this region
The Nyabinghi drumming group
The meaning of Ethiopia for Rastafarians.
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.
The pastoral community in Shinille
Optimistic song aimed at thanking the charity donors