The second instalment of our journey to the origins of Music brings us to the Northern regions of Ethiopia, to Bahir Dar, Gondar and the unexplored Azmari villages of the Amhara region. Here, 850 kilometers North of the capital Addis Ababa, we encounter one of the most powerful facets of Ethiopia’s millenarian heritage and culture.

 

Practising ancient traditions and holding up the century-old tradition of the Azmaris, the Ethiopian troubadours, the young generation of Ethiopians is re-discovering their cultural identity by merging past and present. National celebrations like the "Timkat", the Ethiopian epiphany (the film shows the Gondar festivities) are equally important and widely attended by a population whose daily lives are soaked with music, be it singing or playing the ancient Ethiopian instruments.

Sustained by the Federal Foreign Office and in collaboration with the Ethiopian University of Bahir Dar and the University of Music Frank Liszt of Weimar, a team of international experts led by prof. Tiago de Oliveira Pinto travelled to explore the Northern Amhara region.

The journey allowed OutreMer's team to record remarkable music and outstanding images - now available for the first time outside of East Africa.

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director / writer

DIRK VAN DEN BERG

 

cinematography

HENRIK SAUER bvk

OLIVIA FURTWÄNGLER

 

sound engineer

MATHIEU DESCAMPS

 

produced by

DIRK VAN DEN BERG

documentary, 30'

English & Amharic

Germany, 2016

in collaboration with

sustained by

selected by

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