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These are timelines for event advertisments for the fundraising evening of Seifu Makonnen (Tibo) which will be held on Saturday February 5, 2011.The dates signify the posted date of the ADs on the website.
December 8, 2010
December 13, 2010
This site honors two-time Olympic boxer Seifu Makonnen ("Tibo") of Ethiopia.
Seifu was born on April 11, 1953, in the Aleltu, Shoa providence of Ethiopia, and he spent his teenage years in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. By nature, Seifu is humble, quiet, and honest. He likes all sports including boxing and athletics. He always liked to be in places where his communities came together, whether it was the annual soccer tournament or the Sunday church service. From childhood, he was involved in the development of his community and was a mentor for young people to help them stay out of trouble while working at his local Y.M.C.A. Through sports, he traveled to many countries around the world.Seifu represented his native land in two Olympics, and because of this achievement, in the 1970’s, he was honored by many notable African leaders including Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya, Idi Amin of Uganda and Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia.
Since 1979, he has lived in the USA.In 1995, he became a naturalized American citizen and has lived in Los Angeles, Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and Oakland, California. He has two children Selam and Yohannes. His wife Ghimiga G/ Mikael still leave in Los Angeles after their divorce in 1996.
In Los Angeles, he co-founded the Dengel Mariam Orthodox Church and served as a member of the board from 1986 to 1993. He was one of the few Ethiopians in Los Angeles who participated in the fundraising campagin held in Los Angeles during the 1984 Ethiopian famine. n Washington DC as a certified health trainer, he tried to mobilize the community to establish a health center and he trained many members of the community. Tapping into his own investments, Seifu started a weekly sports radio program in Amharic for the Ethiopian Community in Washington DC and interviewed more than 180 people including Dr. Aklilu Habte, former president of the Addis Ababa University; world renowned athlete Haile Gebreselassie; and successful businessman Dosho Shifferaw, the inventor of Bowflex.
In 2006, Seifu co-directed Abebe Bikila Day 8K and Half Marathon in Alexandria, VA. The annual race has since grown to become Abebe Bikila Day International Peace Half Marathon, held three times in Alexandria in 2006, 2007, and 2008, and then in Washington DC in 2010. The race has raised more than $20,000 for various charities, including Ethiopian Community Development Council, the partners of Marathon Charity Cooperation, and in 2010, High Cloud Foundation.
Seifu learned 25 years ago that he has diabetes and is taking medicine, and despite the stresses of his disease, he attempts to pursue a normal life. His kidney disease is severe -- both his kidneys have failed --and he has been on dialysis treatment since April 2009. At present Seifu is in line for a kidney transplant and is hopeful that he will get one soon and resume a productive life. Because of unfortunate circumstances in his home land for many years, his fans and friends have never gotten a chance to honor him in Ethiopia.
At present, his friends and fans in North America are organizing a fundraising campaign to honor his life-long legacy and raise money to help him lead a better life while he is awaiting kidney transplant procedure and to cover future expenses
Ato Girma Cheru was one of the most famous sports personalities in Ethiopia half a century ago and he was the early pioneer who promoted the aerobic exercise in all of East Africa. Ato Girma Cheru was known in the 1950, 1960, 1970....... throughout his native land, Ethiopia with his physical built and his famous radio and TV aerobic program with his trade mark slogan (dub dub belu meskot kefetu ). During his early years he was active in every sport venues and for many years he was a physical education teacher in many high schools in Addis Ababa. His former students are every where around the globe and where ever he goes to visit he have no problem finding someone who knows him eventhough he doesn't recogenize everyone. Ato Girma Cheru is over 80 years old but he looks in his early 60's . He immigrated to Canada in the 1990s and he is a citizen of Canada and he was awarded the world UNESCO award with sports and physical education. Ato Girma Cheru have four children three of them leave outside of Ethiopia and one still leaves in Ethiopia and his wife also leaves in Ethiopia.
Mahmoud Ahemd will be present on February 5,2011 to honor Seifu Makonnen and enjoy his musics below
Mahmoud Ahmed Biography
Mahmoud Ahmed (born May 8, 1941) is an Ethiopian singer of Gurage ancestry. Born in Addis Ababa, Mahmoud shined shoes in that city before becoming a handyman at the Arizona Club, where he first sang professionally in the early 1960s. He sang for the Imperial Body Guard Band until 1974, and recorded with other bands for the Amha and Kaifa record labels throughout the 1970s. He opened his own music store in Addis Ababa's Piazza district during the 1980s while he continued his singing career. In addition to the Imperial Body Guard Band, Mahmoud has sung with the Ibex Band, the Venus Band, the Walias Band, the Idan Raichel Project, and the Roha Band over the course of his career. Since the late 1990s he has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in Europe and the Americas since Buda Musique launced the Ethiopiques series on compact disc, leading to new recordings and tours in Europe and the United States with Boston's Either/Orchestra Partial discography Soul of Addis (1997, Earthworks/Stern's Africa STEW35CD) Slow Collections (1998, Sounds of Abyssinia SAC-022) Live In Paris (1998, Long Distance 302671) Ethiopiques Volume 6—Almaz 1973 (1999, Buda Musique 829792 (originally released 1973)) Ethiopiques Volume 7—Erè Mèla Mèla 1975 (2000, Buda Musique 829802; originally released 1975 and rereleased on Crammed Discs in 1986) Yitbarek (2003, Yene Production 77414, rereleased by Nahom Records in 2007) Tizita Vol. 1 (The Best of...) (2003, AIT Records AIT-10304) Tizita Vol. 2 (The Best of...) (2003, AIT Records AIT-10305) Ethiopiques Volume 19—Alèmeyé (2005, Buda Musique 860106) Ethiogroove: Mahmoud Ahmed & Either/Orchestra (2007, EthioSonic DVD) User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License.
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Teshome Mitiku will be present on February 5,2011 to honor Seifu Makonnen and enjoy his musics below
Teshome Mitiku Profile
Teshome Mitiku's career stretches back to Addis Ababa, where he began performing at local schools and nightclubs when he was just a teenager.
In the late 60's, singer and keyboardist Teshome Mitiku; Teshome's brother and alto saxophonist, Theodros "Teddy" Mitiku; trumpeter Tamrat Ferendji; bassist Fekade Amde-Meskel; drummer Tesfaye Mekonnen; guitarist Alula Yohannes and singer Seifu Yohannes, joined to form the influential Soul Ekos Band. The band released numerous songs, including four hits written by Teshome: Gara Ser New Betesh, Yezemed Yebada, Mot Adeladlogn and Hasabe.
He fled from Addis Ababa to Sweden at the peak of his musical career in 1969 after the government endorsed a strict, mandatory night curfew, which prevented him from performing at local venues. A few years later, Emperor Haile Selassie was overthrown in a coup d'etat by the Dergue regime, Teshome permanently moved to Sweden in 1970 and enrolled at the Music Conservatory in Malmo. He started performing with a 12-piece, jazz band, called Tolvan. He then switched gears and enrolled at Lund University, where he received his Masters of Arts in Sociology.
During a brief visit in the 80's to the United States, Teshome collaborated with the Admas Band and released "Teshome Mitiku and His Experience," an album full of jazzy tracks like Mengezem Hulgezem and Almazeye.
He relocated to the United States in 1990 and released the critically acclaimed album, "Yegna Neger" with favorites like Photoyen Ayechew and Che Belew. In 1994, Teshome also collaborated with Mulatu Astatke. He wrote the Wello Song (Pearl of Ethiopia) on Mulatu Astatke's "Assiyo Bellama" album. He coordinated with various Ethiopian artists in 1996 and formed the first Ethiopian Music Association, where they teamed up to perform at various fundraisers, including the Kennedy Center, to raise money for orphanages in Ethiopia. His third album "Gara Ser New Betish" was released in 1997 with splendid tracks like Satenow and Bechegnaw. Four of the songs that were originally recorded with the Soul Ekos Band and Teshome were re-released on "Ethiopiques Vol. 1" in 1998. Teshome released his fourth album in 1999, "Yesterday & Today" with saxophonist and brother, Teddy Mitiku with remastered hits like Alemazeye and Che Belew . In 2002, Either/Orchestra released "Afro-Cubism," a six-track album with an interpretation of Teshome's "Yezemed Yebada." Teshome's fifth album, Topia's Deluge was released on May 9th, 2006 and his most recent recording, "Zemen" was released in 2009. Atletu, an indepedent film released in 2009, features "Yezemed
What is the relationship between Seifu and the people who will come to honor him?
Ato Grima from Toronto, Canda and Seifu from Washington DC worked together as radio broadcasters at the weely sports radio program (Ethiopian Olympic Sports Radio) and reaching out to the Ethiopian Community.
Seifu and Mahmoud has been friends since the 1970s in Addis Ababa when Seifu was the Ethiopian national boxing coach and recently in 2007 for the Ethiopian Millennium Seifu adore Mahmoud by giving him the Abebe Bikila Medallion on the stage at his concert held in Washington DC.
Seifu and Teshome grew up together in the same neighborhood in Addis Ababa
Teddy the older brother of Teshome Mitiku grew up togahter with Seifu in the same neighborhood in Addis Ababa
This gathering of community leaders and Ethiopian legend entertainers tells us what kind of a human being Seifu is and we see that old friends has come from far away to give support and ease his financial difficulty and honor him for all what he have done for his country and his community and that should inspire everyone of us to join this one of a kind event on Saturday, February 5, 2011.
January 5, 2011
Flyer ADs distributed about the February 5, 2011 event around the Ethiopian Community businesses