The Second Annual REGGAE BY THE NILE ( RBN ) World Music, Arts and Culture Festival

The Second Annual REGGAE BY THE NILE ( RBN ) World Music, Arts and Culture FestivalThe Second Annual REGGAE BY THE NILE ( RBN ) World Music, Arts and Culture Festival Tribute to Bob Marley, will be organised by the former Managing Director of the Bob Marley Foundation, founder of the RBN in 2006, Dr. Desta Meghoo, on Thursday and Friday February 4th and 5th in Bahr Dar at Ghion Hotel. Then Saturday February 6th at Mega Amphitheater for public viewing of Africa Unite Film, a musical documentary on the 60th Birthday held at Meskel Square, from 6-8 pm then party with a purpose all night at Club Alize from 9 pm. Then on February 8, 2010 at the National Theatre we are proud to present AN EVENING WITH JIMMY MALCOLM AND FRIENDS. Jimmy is Bob Marley’s cousin and music director for Mother Booker, Marley’s mother. He will be joined by local and international artists for a heart moving and entertaining experience that will also recognize other important musical icons.

The mission of RBN is to celebrate the beauty, history and culture of Ethiopia as well as the many contributions and progression of Ethiopia and Africa in general. The homage to Robert Nesta Marley reinforces the message of inspiration and encouragement to all people as RBN works to develop Ethiopia.

The event is also an annual fundraiser for the Bob & Rita Marley Youth Center to be built in Addis with the Addis Ababa Bureau of Youth and Sports Bureau and DYMDC Children’s Village Project amongst others.

On this occasion, local and international artists such as Blakk Rasta form Ghana, Kenny Allen, Teddy Yo, Ebony, Ras Seyoume and Joe Loxx, Royal Ras Sound from New York, Bohbi FM from Ivory Coast, dance by Ras Mikey C doing contemporary dance while Sister Chipo Ras Jomo and Drummers will perform West Africa style dance. Moreover, photographic and cultural exhibitions by famous Ethiopian Visual Fine Artists and “Africa Unite” Photo exhibit will reflect the best moments of the historic concert.

Another exciting part of this dynamic Festival is the Brain Gain Project where students and alumni from Historically Black Universities in the USA such as Howard University, FAMU, Bethune Cookman will travel to Ethiopia for the festival and panel discussions at the AAU Art School, US Embassy and other venues to build bridges with Ethiopian youth as they explore the opportunities for Pan African youth to return and help in the development of Ethiopia and Africa in general.

Sponsors committed to the use of culture and the arts to promote economic and social change include Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Amhara National Regional State, Bahir Dar Administration, Rita Marley Foundation, Ethiopian Tyre & Rubber Economy Plant, Mono 2000 Ethiopian Commodity Exchange amongst others.

Dr. Desta has coordinated many successful events in Africa and the USA over 25 years including conferences, concerts, art exhibitions and more. Her vision for RBN is to present the most popular and diverse annual Pan African cultural festival in Africa, bringing development through tourism and other economic opportunities under the motto " ONE LOVE!".

Source:Addis Around

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