A few years ago I had the great fortune of traveling with to Ethiopia with the Arba Minch Collective. At the time, Meklit Hadero was working with rapper Gabriel Teodros and producer Burntface on a hip-hop space opera. Amazingly, we were able to film a music video at a UNESCO Heritage Site– the royal Castle in Gondar, built by Emperor Fasilides in the 17th century.
The music video also features footage of the first ever hip-hop shows in Gondar and Harar which we captured on camera. It also boasts appearances by Ethio-Jazz godfather Mulatu Astatke, and musicians Kaid and Saba Kahsay.
Produced by Chris Coniglio & Daniel Price
Cinematography Ariane Wu, Brandon Eversole, Peter Varshavsky & Salvatore Fullmore
Production company: AppSynth Media
From the album “Earthbound” (Porto Franco Records, 2012)
San Francisco Chronicle
MTV’s The Hive
One Vibe Africa