Today is the last day for the 5th Acacia music festival at the Tropical Gardens. Today’s performance will be just as good as yesterday’s with the line up including the Harlem Quartet, Sydney Salmon and The Imperial Majestic Band, AbrehamGebrmedhin and Eden Gebreselassie as well as saving the best for last, Mahmoud Ahmed closing the show.
As part of the music festival, Alliance éthio-française held a show on Wednesday February 5th. The performance show ‘Fano-Be Ready’ was presented by Fano, a four artist performance group.
This group is all about infusing sound art, dance, traditional themes, modern composition and improvisation.Through Fano the four artists involved explore their worlds and histories.
The group was formed when Dutch/Swiss musician JeroneVisser called together Ethiopian traditional dancer Melaku Belay, Norwegian contemporary dancer MagnhildFossum, and Ethiopian traditional musician DawitLensa to organize and stage performance, since then the group has stuck together.
“Some say it is old and therefore good – some say it is new and therefore better – Fano says it is now much better so be ready,” says JeroenVisser.
The group is described as one that creates a dialogue between the worlds of music and dance, the old and the new, the north and the south as well as the structure and the improvisation.
The show featured the Ethiopian war chant known as ‘Shellela’ and the performers stated that the show asked for a lot of attention and preparations for the old and the new to be mastered.
Go check out the Acacia festival with your friends and family today.