60 Minute Cities- Addis Ababa

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60 Minute Cities- Addis Ababa

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[Purchase includes all audio tracks in Mp3 format and PDF with track descriptions.]

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Audio Track Listing:

1- St. Mary Church (6:00) / 2- King George VI Street (6:00) / 3- Arbeynoch Street (6:00) / 4- Haile Selassie Street (6:00) / 5- Washa Mikael Rock Hewn Church (6:00) / 6- Kazanchis- Togo Street (6:00) / 7- Gulele- Morning Prayer (6:00) / 8- Gulele- Courtyard(6:00) / 9- Kazanchis- Côte D’lvoire Street (6:00) / 10- Yeka (6:00)

Addis Ababa is a city that does not sleep soundwise / Its streets are almost constantly filled with the sounds associated with the operation of a large metropolitan area (traffic, omnipresent hum). Screaming traders, animal breeders, small vehicle drivers and other professional groups can be heard from the early morning until late at night / Just like the sounds of Ethiopian music, which is characterized by fast, clearly constituted drum rhythm and cheerful melody / Here the time (in contrast to many European cities) is spent in the streets rather than in closed houses / Working, talking, simply living takes place in the streets and the time of the year and the day are determined by the rhythm of the functioning of the city / Places of quiet and calm are but a few / Finding at least a fragment of the park where there is relative silence borders on the miracle / The grounds of the university campus, courtyards of the churches are exceptions where you can rest from the noise / Only in such moments, there in the oases of calm, you can hear the nature having its voice / Spring (at this time of the year I visited the capital of Ethiopia), awakening the life of the nature, the blooming of plants, the wind, the sounds of small insects, birds and other representatives of the world of plants and animals, all these reminds us of the origin of the name Addis Ababa (New Flower) / Ethiopians are a very proud nation, also of its sound culture / They cultivate their musical traditions at various levels of activity / That's why we don't meet here the well-known music from international charts, mainly Ethiopian performers (of popular music) or sacred works are listened to / Although the source and quality of these recordings leave much to be desired (the most popular format is a mobile phone), most of the tracks are known by heart and sung together / Ethiopians love to play, that is why all kinds of holidays are a special time / During one of the most important of them, Meskal (the feast commemorating the finding of the True Cross in 326 by the Empress Helen), the whole town participates in a collective frenzy and its streets are turned into the arena of great parades or small spontaneous concert / Addis Abeba is a city with a wide range of sounds / It is a multicultural city, diverse in terms of ethnicity and religion/ Everywhere you can hear many different languages and different forms of religious activity / The voice Muezzin praying in the distance, Christian songs sung live in the church or played from the speakers during the day, it's all reminiscent of the openness and tolerance of Ethiopians, their ability to function in mutual symbiosis over religion and politics //

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Kazanchis / Togo Street / 9.017613, 38.787066 / Meskal Feast (Feast of Fire) is one of the most important religious holidays celebrated in Ethiopia / The preparation takes all day and everwhere you can see how much attention the Ethiopians pay to it / The most important celebrations take place in the centre of Addis Abeba on a representative square where there is a large state procession with the greatest personalities (with the president of the country in the front) / This festival also takes place on a smaller scale in every district, every street where there is a enormous fire after dark made of a huge pile of branches / This is when a group of neighbours gather around the fire commemorating the discovery of the True Cross of Christ in 326 A.D. by Empress Helena, while eating, drinking and playing music together / In this sacred time there is a solemn but relaxed and joyful atmosphere that I tried to retain on this recording //
 

About the Artist:

Rafał Kołacki is a musician affiliated with the following projects:  HATI, Mammoth Ulthana, Innercity Ensamble, T’ien Lai and Molok Mun / He has recorded and released a dozen of records and performed around the world (Unsound New York, CTM Berlin, Ars Electronica Linz, etc.) / He is the co-author of the following multimedia projects Tonopolis (2010) www.tonopolis.pl oraz Orient Potockiego / Dźwiękopis (2012) / He also performs solo penetrating field recordings in various forms, acoustic percussion music and drone electronics / He has recorded for films (Panoptikon, 2013), and sound dramas (Bajki dla odważnych 2013) and released three albums so far: Tonopolis. Impression from the Town (2010), Panoptikon (2013) and Ninkyo Dantai (2014) / He runs an independent record label Noisen Records / He released two fields recordings records Aux oreilles d'un etranger (2015) and Hijra / NOISE from the Jungle (2016) /

www.rafalkolacki.pl
www.mammoth-ulthana.eu
https://myspace.com/hatitah
www.innercityensemble.bandcamp.com
www.noisen-records.com