Inner Vision - Music Education for the visually impaired and blind in Addis Abeba
Selam would like to thank all partners and friends for great and enriching collaborations during the year! We also want to thank our funders and sponsors for their confidence, so we can continue to implement projects and activities that resulted in an eventful and exciting year. We take a small christmas break now and will be back in the swing again on January 6. Until then, we hope that you all have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones.
Merry Christmas and Happy New year
from your Selam team
Through the project Inner Vision we want to create changes that lead to new opportunities and possibilities! The project is initiated by Selam with the support of The Swedish Postcode Lottery.
There are very few opportunities for blind and visually impaired people in Ethiopia to develop their talent in ways that can lead to specific jobs. Today the blind and visually impaired students are not admitted to higher education for musicians in Ethiopia, as schools do not feel adequately equipped to accommodate students with special needs.
The Inner Vision project is being carried out by Selam and partners in a bid to raise the level of participation of the blind in Ethiopia's music industry. Watch an interesting film clip on the project via our youtube channel.
Photography and film: Kalle Jansson, Pråmfilm.
Swedish musicians to perform at ethio-jazz legend’s venue in Addis
Selam has started a cooperation with the famous ethio-jazz profile Mulatu Astatke. Mulatu runs a club in the venue African Jazz Village inside the Ghion Hotel in central Addis Ababa, where he wants to create a platform for the presentation of creative artists to a local music-loving community. As an honorary doctor of Berkeley Music College and MIT fellow, Mulatu is an inspiration for many musicians, including Damian Marley and Nas who sampled his songs in their album Distant Relatives. His work also featured in the Oscar-nominated film Broken Flowers, and a film “Everlasting Mulatu” was inspired by his life.
From Sweden pianist Matti Hirvonen is scheudle to perform in early January and 8 February the band TARRABAND, music with influences from the Middle East, Nordic folk music, jazz, Persian, and Latin music will be on stage.
Habib Koité (Mali) and Carlou D (Senegal) to Stockholm in March
On Saturday the 29th of March at Stockholm Concert House, we present two of West Africa's abolute top artists!
Habib’s guitar playing is characterized by unique features, he tunes the instrument according to the pentatonic scale and plays on open strings as one would on a kamale n’goni . His vocal style is intimate, relaxed and evocative . He composes and arranges all songs , singing in English, French and Bambara.
Carlou D is an amazing singer and an exceptional guitarist. Grounded in peace philosophy, hip-hop’s directness and musical elements of jazz , soul, rap and acoustic roots, Carlou D has an almost luminous presence on stage.