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An Afro-European Music Experiment

MAISHA – An Afro-European Music Experiment

Convinced by the power of art to unite, the EU Delegation to the African Union created the project MAISHA (‘life’ in Swahili). The first edition of MAISHA – an Afro-European Music Experiment – gathered 12 musicians from the two continents in Addis Ababa last may, to engage in a two-week music residency where they had the chance to collaborate and co-create original musical pieces. On Europe Day they performed their magical fusion of sounds in a public concert at the Ethiopian National Theatre. The whole process of this fascinating musical experiment was filmed for a documentary beautifully showcasing the challenges of creating unique new sounds and defeating cultural barriers. A short version of the documentary was recently released at the European Development Days.

MAISHA followed up their common experiment during Corona-Times. We show you the output


MAISHA is a blend of authentic sounds from traditional and modern instruments, showcasing a high degree of teamwork. In the words of Ethiopian star pianist Samuel Yirga, part of MAISHA, "this unique and well-planned project – one of my favourite collaborations so  far - had a beautiful vibe - fusing culture is always amazing and inspiring".

The documentary on the MAISHA experience will finally be released in August at the 40º edition of The Rimini Meeting, an international cultural festival born in 1980 with the "desire to discover the beauty of reality". Later on, the documentary will be promoted in various film festivals.

Samuel Yirga was our guest in November 2019 when „Kulturen in Bewegung“ organized a collaboration between him and the experimental Austrian Jazzgroup „Chuffdrone“.

This concert was one of of the highlights of Culture X Change #Äthiopien.

Thank you Sammy for your support and cooperation!


COVID-19 currently has us all in its grip. We will therefor mainly use our contacts and share reports on the situation of people living in countries that are sidelined in the media and which, as it often does, are rarely heard or seen. We will also do it because people in low-income countries will be hit hardest by the pandemic!

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