Renowned Ethiopian musician Mahmoud Ahmed is set to perform at prestigious international venues including the Carnegie Hall in New York and University of California, Berkeley.
Mahmoud’s long-time collaborator and manager, Francis Falceto told Ethiopia Observer this week that the 75-year-old iconic musician’s solo performance at Carnegie Hall scheduled for October 22, 2018 would make him the first Ethiopian musician to perform at the great hall.
Mahmoud has been touring major concert halls across all five continents for the last decade and a solo performance at Carnegie Hall would be one of his highest heights, originator and curator of the Ethiopiques series said.
Mahmoud is also slated to perform at the University of California, Berkeley along with Mali’s Trio da Kali on November 4. Trio da Kali, an all-star meeting of griots with regal musical bloodlines, made its Cal Performances debut as part of Kronos Quartet’s 40th birthday celebration two seasons ago, Berkeley’s Department of Music website.
Mahmoud this past week has received France’s Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters, France’s premier, national, cultural honour, from the French Ambassador to Ethiopia, Brigitte Collet. Around 120 people including Franics Falceto, who flew from France, attended the event.