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Addis' Art Scene: A New Exhibition Brings The Work Of 11 Ethiopian Artists From Addis Ababa To Nairobi

Circle Art Gallery's forthcoming group exhibition 'Addis Contemporary' brings the work of 11 Ethiopian artists from Addis Ababa to Nairobi.

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Addis Contemporary is a new group exhibition that brings the work of eleven contemporary Ethiopian artists from Addis Ababa to Nairobi. Curated by Ethiopian gallerist Mifta Zeleke, the show, which opens June 18th at the Circle Art Gallery in Nairobi, looks to offer an overview of the Addis art scene with work from art school grads and current residents.

Among those presenting a critical reflection of Addis life are Dawit Abebe, Yosef LuleTesfaye BekeleSurafel Amare and his impressions from Banana DisplaysAddis Gezahegn's nostalgic fantasies of Old Town and Ephrem Solomon's solemn social commentary. Other works in the show reflect more artistic preoccupations, including Dawit Adnew's obsession with patterns, Kerima Ahmed's portrayal of contorted forms, Nebiat Abebe's exploration of movement, light and balance, Dereje Demissie's search for the link between identity and landscape, and Tamrat Gezahegn's meditation on indigenous knowledge and practice.

"There is a large community of artists in Addis who persevere despite a still-limited art audience in the country," Zeleke writes in an essay on the show." Though most contemporary artists live and work in Addis, their work depicts what is happening all over Ethiopia; the turbulence caused by the dramatic development and transformation of the country. These changes are a source of inspiration for most of the artists here."

'Addis Contemporary' opens June 18th at Circle Art Gallery in Nairobi.

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Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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