Ex-ONLF rebels in Ogaden learn new skills

Ex-ONLF rebels in Ogaden learn new skills

Former rebel fighters with the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), which has been battling against the government for an independent state for ethnic Somalis in Eastern Ethiopia for decades, are learning new skills to make fresh starts. Gored Osman Ali is one fighter who laid down his arms and surrendered to the Ethiopian military two years ago. He is learning carpentry in what the Ethiopian government describes as a programme to teach the ex-fighters new skills and integrate them into society. Ali, who is heavily scarred from sustaining nine wounds…

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The song that helped Okinawa heal after WWII gets an Ethiopian remake

The song that helped Okinawa heal after WWII gets an Ethiopian remake

They combine saxophones and sousaphones, accordions and electric violins. Part Ethiopian pop and jazz, part American funk, part Eastern European brass ensemble, Debo Band is about as eclectic as musical fusion groups get. Well, now even more eclectic. On their new CD, “Ere Gobez,” the group adds yet another musical genre to their repertoire: folk music from Okinawa. And the high-energy tunes will really get you grooving. The Boston-based group has its deepest roots in Ethiopian music. Those are still strong in the band’s second album, but this time the…

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