On February 14, 2016, devotees of Dhebuu, a very popular Television serial drama in Afaan Oromo, woke up to the tragic news of the passing of Admasu Berhanu, one of the most prominent actors that had helped make the show a gripping watch week after week. Admasu played Abbaa Latta, a prosperous old man who persists on badgering his eligible, bachelor son to settle down and start a family.
Writer Sinkneh Eshetu was born in Konso, an area in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region known for its unique landscape and communal life. He was raised in the nearby towns of Jinka and Arba Minch. He did his first degree in Agriculture at Alemaya University; and his masters in Landscape Architecture in China. He has worked for the rehabilitation of the environment in the countryside of Southern Ethiopia and Tigray. Some of his books include “The Dao of the Dusty Foot Philosopher,” “Catch Your Thunder – Rendezvous with the End,” “Ye’Sisaye Lijoch/Kekrosna Kentros” and “Ellan Fillega”
As a host of a one hour radio show, “Timeless Classics”, on Sheger FM 102.1, every Saturday afternoon at 6 pm, the bassist Henock Temesgen plays popular old tunes from Willie Nelson to The Temptations, form Bob Dylan to The Jackson Five. For those listeners who prefer standard Jazz and the likes of John Coltrane or Miles Davis, he has yet another show on the same station on Sunday mornings. He is among the organizers of the Acacia Jazz Festival held annually in Addis Abeba to showcase some of the finest talents in the making of Ethio-Jazz. He is a co-founder of Jazzamba Music School, an institute dedicated to bring the next generation of Jazz musicians. And of course he plays bass guitar with different bands. A graduate of Berkeley Henock Temesgen has music running in his veins.