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This Video Packs 100 Years Of Ethiopian Beauty Trends Into Just 60 Seconds

Ten decades of popular Ethiopian hairstyles and makeup take center stage in The Cut's latest '100 Years of Beauty' video.

Feven G. in The Cut's '100 Years of Beauty: Episode 13 - Ethiopia'


History buffs and beauty aficionados alike will appreciate the latest installment in Cut Videos' viral 100 Years of Beauty video series. Ten decades of popular Ethiopian hairstyles and makeup looks take center stage, showcasing model Feven G. wearing a variety of teased Afros, bold lipstick, precise cornrows, straightened tresses and more—all in under 60 seconds.

At first glance, the video might seem to be all about beauty. But, an accompanying behind-the-scenes video reveals that each of the featured looks is actually a nod to either a trailblazing woman or a momentous event in Ethiopia’s past or present. Some of the icons commemorated include Empress Taytu Betul, the nation’s first pilot Asegedech Assefa, singer and actress Asnaketch Worku and supermodel Liya Kebede.

According to Karen Maniraho, the researcher behind the video, viewers can expect to see additional African countries featured in the series: "This isn’t the end to African beauty. This is just the first of many ways to talk about the diversity on the continent."

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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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