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MAISHA – a virtual Afro-European Music Experiment

Publish date: 
25/05/2020

To celebrate both the creation of the European Union and the African Union in the month of May, the EU delegation to the African Union has brought back ‘MAISHA – an Afro-European Music Experiment’ for a virtual performance. 

The project MAISHA, which means ‘life’ in Swahili, is a unique European and African music co-creation that was launched in 2019. The project gathered 12 musicians from the two continents in Addis Ababa, to engage in a two-week music residency where they had the chance to collaborate and co-create original musical pieces. On Europe Day 2019, 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 show casing the challenges of creating unique new sounds and defeating cultural barriers.

The project MAISHA, which means ‘life’ in Swahili, is a unique European and African music co-creation that was launched in 2019. The project gathered 12 musicians from the two continents in Addis Ababa, to engage in a two-week music residency where they had the chance to collaborate and co-create original musical pieces. On Europe Day 2019, 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 show casing the challenges of creating unique new sounds and defeating cultural barriers.

This year, the 12 artist have reunited to create two original compositions from their homes: Mudzimu Dzokai & Ambassel Dance. Please click here to enjoy the beautiful sounds that were created thanks to the cooperation between the two continents.