“Ethiopia Dub Journey II ” A new book taking you deep into the mystical Dub of Ethiopia.

IR DUBDEM POster showing Emperor Haile Sellasie as a youth with images of indigenous child from N

 

This new blog is focussed on a new IR :: Indigenous Resistance book entitled ” Ethiopia : Dub Journey II” by Amastara and Brazilian designer& soundsystem operator Dubdem. The book is available from Lulu books Here This blog will also feature and give updates on other artistic activities related to the book .

Dubdem/IR indigenous resistance poster in support of protests at Standing Rock with text in ancient Ethiopian language of Geez

IR DUBDEM POster showing Emperor Haile Sellasie as a youth with images of indigenous child from N

This 152 page full colour book ( ISBN 978-1-927801-07-9) features various visual dub mixes and collages created by Dubdem that accompany text written by Amastara about his journey in Ethiopia.

Dubbed into the book and visual mixes are words of wisdom /wisdub from healers ,teachers, philosophers,warriors and thinkers like John Trudell, Douglas Cardinal and Nada Ashkar to name a few.

Dub philosophy from Nada Ashkar taken from book Ethiopia Dub Journey II

the wisdom of John Trudell incorporated into IR indigenous resistance poster art.The words of former chairperson of the American Indian Movement John Trudell
The words of John Trudell former chairperson of the American Indian Movement that can be found in the Ethiopia Dub Journey II

 

In IR we  are not to content to just have these  visuals and infomation just sit between the pages of a book . We have created exhibitions that draw on the book for locations such as The National Museum Of Ethiopia .

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IR museum poster 2When IR  worked with designer Dubdem for the museum posters, our intent was to create a variety of posters  that would be placed on the street and give people a sense of what was inside the book visually. For instance one of the focusses  of the book are various images that explore original hairstyles that were traditionally  used by African and indigenous peoples around the world. Alot of people in Ethiopia were surprised to find out that some of the hairstyles like the geometric shaped hairdo of the woman in the poster actually came from Ethiopia.

IR_museum poster blog 4IR_Ethiopia_exhibition_poster_10The book also visually explores various images and styles of dreadlocks .For instance in the poster above designed by Dubdem in the upper left corner you can see an image of Pihtokahanapiiyn better know as chief Poundmaker a 19th century Plains Cree chief who had long dreadlocks which he refused to cut . In the bottom right corner of the poster, you see an image of an Ethiopian monk who has dreadlocks. This is something that surprised alot of young people  in Ethiopia who were unaware that  some Ethiopian monks and spiritual hermits also had a practice of wearing dreadlocks and that it was not  something that just only  came from Jamaica.

The book ” Ethiopia Dub Journey II  ” has an extensive detailed visual bibilography, artistic credits   and explanations for the many images and collages that are in the book .It is an opportunity for the reader to delve further and use the images as a sign posts to learn about many different types of cultures ,historical figures and fields of knowledge.

Putting up dub art around the city of Addis Ababa that are excerpts from the book”Ethiopia Dub Journey II”

 

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Dub IR art showing Empress Taytu put up on a shoe shine stall in Addis Ababa

These are some images that we put at a shoe shine stall in Addis Ababa.One of the images shows the Ethiopian Empress Taytu Betel who fought on the battlefield at the battle of Adwa when Ethiopia defeated Italy on march 1, 1896 .This was the first time on the continent of Africa that an African country had defeated a European colonial power in battle.

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An excerpt from Ethiopia Dub Journey II. Art in support of the protest against the Dakota Pipeline  Access Project at  Standing Rock Reservation  ;with text in the ancient Ethiopian language of Geez.

One of our priorities is to dub the text and images that are in the book onto the street where everyone has the ability to see the images. Here you see some of the art from the book that we put up in Addis Ababa , the capital of Ethiopia .One of the collages we created was something to support the enviromental activists fighting against the construction of oil pipelines at Standing Rock.The poster and the book utilises the ancient Ethiopian language Geez, which is the oldest language currently still being written in the world and which is the language that many of the most important manuscripts and spiritual texts like the Kebre Negast from Ethiopia  were written in.

IR created special posters that we put up on the streets of Addis Ababa ,Ethiopia that had excerpts from the book like this poster by Dubdem which features  Empress Menen from Ethiopia .

We created special posters that we put up on the street that had excerpts from the book like this poster by Dubdem which features  Empress Menen from Ethiopia .

 

IR  is always thinking about how can we get the work to the people who might not go to museums or into bookstores ; thats why we seek out alternative ways to reach the people.

So in Ethiopia IR also put the images and text in  traditional restarants and coffee houses like this very humble traditional coffee and food place that was run by a very lovely couple who were starting up their first business and with limited capital were trying to decorate their restarant.

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we showed them the “Ethiopia Dub Journey II” book and they chose the images that they liked and we resized and reprinted the images so that they could fit on the windows and walls of their restaurant .The book has alot of text and images that are connected to the numerous very special  Ethiopian mystical holy places  especially churches , monasteries and  special hidden places where people go to get ” holy water ” which is a special water that people with deep spiritual faith seek out to cure diseases and ailments.Interestingly the images this couple  chose were  images related to the holy places in Ethiopia. For instance this image that is in the window of their shop is a photo taken by Amastara of a holy place in Ethiopia  where people study spiritual works and Amastara saw this image painted on the entrance  of the small building where people study. This image is also the basis for the cover of the book “Ethiopia Dub Journey II”

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IR resized and printed out images of Lalibela, Gondar and Ethiopian Orthodox Church images that the owners chose from our Ethiopia Dub Journey II book and used them to decorate the interior of their traditional coffee house and restarant

DSC00031blog3to draw attention to their restaurant which is located down a small alleyway ,we created some dub signposts using visual code.

In the same neighbourhood IR found an Ethiopian  family owned restarant and club that featured live reggae music every friday night. Alot of Ethiopians and Caribbean people frequented the place and often reggae musicians from places like Shashamane came to play at the club.

The owner was very open and liked our book and gave us full free rein to to fill his club with images that really explored the links between the struggles of Black and Indigenous peoples.

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IR collage with Jamaicans, Ethiopian,Eritrean and Indigenous peoples with dreadlocks including Jamaican artistill Jah9 and the Abyssinians
A Dubdem /IR collage mounted on the walls of the Lead Restarant in Gerji , Addis Ababa. It depicts Jamaicans, Ethiopian,Eritrean and Indigenous peoples with dreadlocks including Jamaica artists the Abyssinians and Jah 9 ( A Saybriya Simon photo)

This is a part of one of the collages that is found in the book. It is depicting a variety black indigenous people using dreadlocks in this photo for instance you can see  an Eritrean warrior, Jamaican singer Jah9 ,the reggae band The Abyssinians, Mohave chief Iratuba and Baby Jack a Cree man.

Beside it we placed another giant collage created by Dubdem and Amastara which mixed images of Count Ossie founder of the Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari , the album cover of their seminal work ” Groundation” and image of  Hehaka Sapa , Black Elk a Lakota medicine man. All these collages can be found in the “Ethiopia Dub Journey II” book.

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IR felt it was very appropriate that as folks entered the reggae club entrance that beside the picture of Bob Marley they were greeted by the sight of another dreadlocked warrior chief Poundmaker.

Creating a mural in Budapest, Hungary based on Ethiopia Dub Journey II

Recently in Budapest , Hungary IR organised a giant mural that was based on images from the book.Working with an underground Budapest  crew

( big up to M1 & M2 ) they completely reworked the front of an abandoned building which is also just  down the street from a very historically significant building in Budapest so often tour groups come along this street. The neighbourhood also contains shops and galleries with very friendly owners like the Supermarket Gallery.Even though “officially” IR didnt have a permit or permission to paint the mural instead of doing it clandestinately at night like they often do, they just decided to do it broad daylight as if they did have permission. As they did a lovely process unfolded as shopkeepers and gallery owners got involved in the process holding shaky ladders ,giving advice for colours and as they worked not only did the painters get encouragement and appreciation but offers to paint other locations .Images of Empress Menen alongside  indigenous philospher John Trudell, Marcus Garvey and the face of Emperor Haile Sellasie when he was a youth are part of a mural onlookers described as being unique in Budapest.Fittingly for IR the mural is also on the other side of the street from a handicraft and awareness center set up by refugees.

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Some people have asked us that since this is Dub Journey II is there another book? The answer is yes! The inspiration and precursor to this book written  by  Amastara and with design by Dubdem is entitled ” Ethiopia: The Journey” ( ISBN 978-1-927801-04-8) it is available from Lulu books HERE

Our collaborators Dubdem have a new website .This site has a beautiful page with photos and excerpts from this first Ethiopia book .Check it here

14440845_1106992129354089_7158920549340008282_nIR creations come together through maximum cooperations and minimum resources. There are too many dub people to thank but we would like to send a special rebel salute to the Chia Caleta Dub Crew they know who they are, Tapedave minister of reality dub and logistical problem solver ,the dub healers like Senai, Judith, Shakti ,Diane Hill , Bubba , James Carpenter and Nada , the dub children like Luana , Hulk , Aluna, Apachita and Dehcho  who inspire us , the graffiti  artists  special big up to the Chia, Colombia and Nairobi , Kenya Crew  special big up to Swift, Kerosh, Bankslave, Uhuru Brown ,Wise two  the Brasil street art subversives  Baader & Lisa,photographers like Saybriya Simon ( Jah9 photo ) and Summer Faith Garcia ( Aztec dancer photo) who work can be seen on this blog post, special big up to designer Dubdem for all the dub and care he puts into this work, the dub Ethiopian youth who inspired us , helped us put up works and did dub printing with us like Dub dj K.B , Micky, dub antenna woman  , Bernie  and  all the musicians and soundsytems  like ADF , Natty Congo, Dr Das, Mad Mike, UR , Deeder Zaman, Kebre Ethiopia   whose sounds influence ,inspire us and keep us going , the dub dancers like  like Aya ikuno Shimamura  & Emi Katayama,Fabdub and Jahteecha for all the ital dub food , those like Halim Roots  and Tigist who stand firm in the culture, all those in the shadows and for Tamaya who inspired these works.

Logo of dubdem...designer of the book Ethiopia Dub Journey II

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