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Solomon Ayele Dersso (@SolomonADersso)

 2013, declared as a year of ‘Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance’, marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the predecessor to the African Union (AU). It is not inappropriate to characterize the OAU/AU as the official/state-centric manifestation of Pan-Africanism, which is an ideal much deeper and broader than the organization itself.

Eyob Balcha, Special to Addis Standard (@EyobBalcha)

The “Developmental State” discourse is one of the most recurrent topics of discussion among the leading actors and decision makers of contemporary Africa. It is no wonder that the topic assumed a center position in the agenda of most meetings given solving the developmental quagmire of Africa has been one of the primary task among many.

For the first time in Ethiopian music history, a young man’s band is taking Gospel songs to another level

Zela Gayle


The 1960s in Ethiopia was an era of prominent musicians who gave live musical performances on a theatrical stage than that of today’s growing culture of bands performing in nightclubs supported by synthesizers. Dawit Getachew takes us back to that era with his new concert band.