Finally! I’m going to Ethiopia.
In 2 days I’m flying to Ethiopia to finish a project that started 7 years ago. The Ex will play their last shows with Getatchew Mekuria, a great Ethiopian saxophonist. in 2007 they released their first record together. I was a big fan of The Ex and the culture they represent and hearing them with Getatchew blew my mind. They let me come on the road with them to document the live shows. First in The Netherlands and Belgium, later in France and in 2008 we flew to the States for a 2 week tour.
Following them around definitely has been the most inspiring project I’ve done. The resemblance between the attitude of The Ex and Ethiopian culture is amazing. I’ve always wanted to complete it by going over to Addis Abeba and document the project there.
Pictures above are all from the tour in 2008 except the last one. It shows Mahmoud Ahmed, Alemayehu Eshete and Getatchew Mekuria during North Sea Jazz in Rotterdam, 2009.
© Nick Helderman.