“It was an era, the start of a new vision” says Amha Eshete, the first Ethiopian music producer back in the days of Swingin’ Addis. The album releases that have crossed Ethiopian borders are mainly recordings from the 50s to the 80s, however, the contemporary music scene from Addis remains, bar a few exceptions, unknown to the rest of the world. Is Addis still swinging as it used to? Music in Addis is present in actions and sounds spread out on differentiated spaces as an expression of the everyday urban life and its processes of transformation and adaptation in the city. “New Voices in an Old Flower” explores this vitality of music looking at the plurality of the city and its people. Drifting in unplanned tours through the urban landscape of contemporary Addis Ababa, this film is shaped by music encounters and dialogues with the inhabitants of the city.
Quino Piñero is a sound engineer, music producer and documentary filmmaker who has been working since 2001 between Africa and Europe under his label SolySombra Recordings. Parallel to his music/ documentary productions, Quino has worked as a sound engineering lecturer with the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation (AECID). At the moment he is based in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) working on his next documentary project for which he’s collaborating with legendary and upcoming local musicians.