Ethio salsa dance group practicing their salsa moves in their temporary dance studio
Addis Ababa is no stranger to salsa and other Latino ballroom dance steps including Bachata, merengue and cha-cha-cha. Almost every night of the week is tinted with Salsa dancing nights. Sunday Salsa nights at club Bailamos and Fridays at Echo Lounge are among the most prominent ones, Meheret-Selassie Mokonnen explores the salsa scene in town.
Patoranking – a Nigerian reggae-dancehall singer and songwriter – and Mafikizolo, a South African duo consisting of Theo Kgosinkwe and Nhlanhla Nciza, were among the African stars who lined up to perform at the African Music and Cultural Exchange Festival (AMCEF) commemorating the annual Africa Day.
The event which took place few months ago at Ghion Hotel was sort of a continental networking occasion. Nevertheless, the main event was not the act that stole the show. By far, it was a group of children dancing in a circle which grabbed the audience’s attention.