The Italian-Ethiopian Atse Tewodros project was selected by Katowice, UNESCO City of Music, to perform on August 26 at Before Womex, a preview of the event scheduled in October.
The tour includes participation at the Festival Touscoleurs of Bordighera (July 11, 2017) and at (S)nodi at the Museum of Music in Bologna on Tuesday 18 July 2017.
The Atse Tewodros project, based in Bologna, was initiated in Addis Ababa in 2010 by the writer, storyteller and singer Italo-Ethiopian Gabriella Ghermandi.
This project takes as its symbol of Emperor Theodorus II (Tewodros), a name with strong symbolic value, one of the most beloved emperors of Ethiopian history, and is still remembered for modernizing Ethiopia while respecting its traditions. through charisma and perseverance. He was also the emperor who fought against Queen Victoria’s army and defended the independence of Ethiopia in the century of African colonization.
In 2012, thanks to the crowdfunding platform Produzioni dal basso, the project managed to raise enough donations that allowed Gabriella Ghermandi and Michele Giuliani to bring the Trio of Reunion Platz to Addis Ababa where they could meet Ethiopian musicians of the tradition.
In December 2013, they released their first CD “Ethiopia celebrating Emperor Tewodros II”, which includes nine tracks by Gabriella Ghermandi, Aklilu Zewdie, Inish Hailu and Berhanu Gizaw: here the modes and the pentatonic scales of traditional Ethiopian music are combined with European instruments played in a jazz style.
The band consists of Endris Hassan and his masinko (Ethiopian monochord violin), Anteneh Teklemariam and his krar (the Ethiopian lyre), the bassist Camilla Missio, the drummer Tommy Rugguero, the traditional Ethiopian drummer Misale Legesse, and the pianist Fabrizio Puglisi. And of course, of the singer and storyteller Gabriella Ghermandi.
The Atse Tewodros project also includes songs of Ethiopian Resistance that fought against the Italian fascist regime between 1935 and 1941.
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