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Ethiopia's First Cannes-Selected Film, 'Lamb,' Debuts Its Stunning Trailer

Yared Zeleke's 'Lamb,' Ethiopia's first-ever Official Cannes Selection, debuts its stunning trailer ahead of the film's French theatrical run


Rediat Amare in Yared Zeleke's 'Lamb' (2015)

Lamb– the first-ever Ethiopian film at Cannes– has now shared a trailer that showcases its rich landscapes and beautiful countryside cinematography. The film marks a collaboration between director and NYU Tisch Alum Yared Zeleke and the Ethiopia-based Slum Kid Films, a production company which seeks to discover and nurture talented Ethiopian filmmakers. In May, the Official Cannes Selection screened at the festival's Un Certain Regard program for recognizing promising young talent and encouraging innovative and daring storytelling in film.

Cannes' website provides a glimpse of this coming-of-age story:

"When Ephraïm, an Ethiopian boy, is sent from his homeland to live with distant relatives, he takes his beloved sheep with him. One day, his uncle announces that he will have to sacrifice his sheep for the upcoming religious feast, but Ephraïm is ready to do anything to save his only friend and return home."

Lamb begins screening in French theaters on September 30, and premieres in North America September 15 at the Toronto International Film Festival. Watch its recently debuted first trailer– in Amharic with French subtitles– along with an English-subtitled clip via TIFF below.

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Ethic's Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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