Fesseha rented the cheapest IBM computer (8086 Micro processor) and a “noisy” DOT Matrix printer for 0 per month. “I had to design screen font and printer font separately for each letter pixel by pixel and grid by grid.” Fesseha held his first major demonstration at Stanford University in the mid-1980s. “Many people came including the touring Ethiopian delegation to the U. She used to go to Sunday school to learn Amharic as a child. We spoke with Teshome Mitiku over coffee on U street in Washington, D. in what the artist says is his first exclusive interview since his hurried journey out of Ethiopia 40 years ago.S.” Shortly thereafter in 1986/87 Fesseha gave his first interview to Voice of America’s Amharic service. But she stoped when her teacher moved to another place. The soft-spoken and humorous artist, who sprinkles his answers with sporadic laughter, discussed with us his distinguished career spanning four decades and three continents.Tadias Magazine By Tadias Staff April 6th , 2018 New York (TADIAS) — Just a couple of decades ago it was unthinkable to see Amharic and other Ethiopian languages on our phones, computers, and other electronic devices.Today, however, Ethiopic script is ubiquitous and is used in many applications including in our communication via text messages and on social media.So I applied for language school in Sweden and they accepted me, that’s how I moved to Sweden. She was shocked by my question and said: “Oh I will do that but you also have to promise me something. But I used to get up at 6 o’clock and go to school at 7 to raise the flag, so the entire neighborhood will hear my trumpet. All these songs didn’t come out of the blue, each one of the songs got their own history and their own rhythm.
I kind of sensed that it might be Mengistu and he was not my favorite guy. Does this mean you haven’t seen your mom since you left forty years ago? I used to call her my pearl, my life, my everything. She got the linguistic part form her mom and the music part from me. She is based in Sweden but lives in Germany and Hungary. When she was just two years old, I put her on the piano and told her “This is what you will be doing all your life” (laughter). I clearly remember the night when she won the Swedish Award. She won for best singer, best video, best composer of the year. The big band era was giving-way to small bands including groups such as the Soul Ekos band, the Ras band, etc. Everywhere you went there were groups playing, clubs were packed.
“Growing up mainly in Germany, I always romanticized Harlem for it’s political and cultural significance, and when I moved to New York from London in 2005, I already knew that I wanted to live in Harlem,” says Tigist. We saw too much of each other, but it never felt like that at the time. He lives in Maryland and I live in Virginia, so we meet and we call every now and then.
“What I didn’t know about was the existing and rapidly growing Ethiopian community in Harlem.” She says: “These days, I am happy to claim Harlem as my home. I also keep in touch with Alula Yohannes, the guitarist we call each other on the phone we are even thinking of performing together.
The article noted: “Ato Fesseha is best known in the field of Ethiopic computing for providing the genesis for the concept of computerizing the Ethiopian alphabet.” “The Ethiopian script has come a long way since it was first applied to a computer program in the early 1980s,” Fesseha says. You are scheduled to collaborate with the American Jazz band the Either/Orchestra at the prestigious Chicago Jazz festival in September. The Either/Orchestra had re-recorded one of my songs called and one day I was driving in the area and heard the song on WPFW radio. I picked up the phone and called the leader Russ, I told him who I was and eventually we became friends. I am honored to join the band; I am actually going to be doing a couple of more shows and we are talking about more future projects, I am excited. Now, they want us to go to Ethiopia to complete the shoot. So that will be my first trip back to Ethiopia since I left four decades ago. Oh yes, but that will not be her first time though. She was in the middle of preparing for the 2009 Eurovision Song competition and she was very nervous about it. I can’t come with you becasue I am working, but I want you to go.” So she did. My mother said to me, “ Teshu now my life is fulfilled. The last few years of the 1960s was a very critical time in Ethiopia.
“We have made a lot of progress in the last three and a half decades, and I get emotional when I think of how far we have come in just 30 years.” While working with the Unicode Technical Consortium in the early 90s (where he was the only African participant for 30 years) Fesseha was also responsible for proposing and pushing Ethiopic script to be the computer name instead of Geez or Amharic. He called me about a month ago and invited me to join the group for preparation in Chicago and Boston. I saw a lot of people there that enjoyed Ethiopian music, friends of Ethiopia and Ethiopians. Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers? So one day she calls me and she says: “Papa I have to go to Ethiopia to get a blessing from my grandmother before the contest. She went to Addis Ababa straight to her grandmother’s house and stayed there for a week. Today is the happiest day of my life.” When Emilia was there she took a photo of my old house, the house I grew up in (I saw myself). Even though the music scene was upbeat, there was also an undercurrent of social discontent.