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Born in Ethiopia Meklit Hadero was raised in the US. She holds a BA in Political Science from Yale University but she is globally known as a singer/song writer. Meklit has released five studio albums, tours regularly and is currently signed to Six Degrees Records. She is a TED Senior Fellow and has served as an artist-in-residence at NYU, where she curated a performing arts series at the Lincoln Center Atrium. Meklit has completed musical commissions for the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Fund for Artists, Brava for Women in the Arts, and the De Young Museum. She has been a panelist and grants evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts, and worked with Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) to establish an artist fellows program. Meklit is the founder of the Arba Minch Collective, a member of the de Young Museum’s Inaugural Artist Council, one third of the Ethiopian Hip-Hop Space Opera trio CopperWire, Lead Artist for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in Community Program, and former Co-Director of the Red Poppy Art House. She is currently working on a body of music steeped in Ethio-Jazz. Addis Standard interviewed Meklit on her works. Excerpts:

Born in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, Berhanu Digaffe’s name is familiar to many Ethiopians who depend on his radio shows to learn the missing details about their loved artists. Berhanu started his career as an entertainment journalist when he first became the managing editor of Atena Newspaper, now defunct. He went on to become the editor-in-chief of Hollywood, another entertainment weekly. He became familiar to many Ethiopians when he was the host and producer of Debo TV Show. Berhanu then moved to become the host of Chewata entertainment program on 97.1 FM, the first FM station in Ethiopia. For the last seven years Berhanu is the managing director, program producer and host at Leza Radio Show on Sheger FM 102.1. Addis Standard interviewed Berhanu on his brainchild: Leza Radio Listeners’ Choice Award.Excerpts:

Born in Ethiopia in 1974, Aïda left the country at a young age and spent an itinerant childhood between Yemen and England. After several years in a boarding school in Cyprus, she finally settled in Canada in 1985. After studying film at Howard University in Washington, D.C., she went on to work as a freelance photographer for The Washington Post. Then in 2003, Aïda was chosen to be part of the groundbreaking show “Ethiopian Passages: Dialogues in the Diaspora” at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. Later that same year, she made an appearance on “Imágenes Havana” a group photography exhibition in Havana, Cuba – the same fortuitous encounter that led to “The Unhealing Wound.” A documentary that explores her own stated fascination about her own identity and also with “how much cultural retention is possible without, necessarily, cultural interaction.” She is the 2007 recipient of the European Union Prize in the Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie, in Bamako, Mali. As well as the 2010 winner of the CRAF International Award of Photography in Spilimbergo, Italy. She is currently the Director of the Modern Art Museum/ Gebre Kristos Desta Center inside the Addis Ababa University and also the director/curator of the first international photography festival the Addis Foto Fest. She is also the director and founder of Desta for Africa Creative Consulting (DFA), a creative production company, which provides creative consulting, photography services and cultural event planning. Addis Standard interviewed Aïda on her work here in Ethiopia. Excerpts: