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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): vii–x.
Published: 01 July 2019
...David Scott Copyright © 2019 Small Axe, Inc. 2019 In memory of Teshome Gabriel I had imagined arriving in Addis Ababa to the thumping soundtrack of Dennis Brown’s “The Promised Land” or Third World’s “Journey to Addis,” full, in other words, of the rhythms of an enchanted...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (2): 15–44.
Published: 01 June 2008
..., and Empress Zawditu. Under Menelik, he was a financial controller of the imperial treasury; he then participated in creating the unsuccessful Bank for the Development of Trade and Agriculture in Abyssinia. Under Lij Iyassu, he worked as a city counselor of Addis Ababa and then was appoint...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (2 (32)): 97–110.
Published: 01 July 2010
... of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa. Haile Selassie was alleged to be a direct descendant of King Solomon and Queen Makeda of Sheba and also bore the title King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah. When black people saw...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 134–149.
Published: 01 March 2019
... of Ethiopia during its invasion by fascist Italian forces in the 1930s; the land was given by the Ethiopian emperor, Haile Selassie Asmara —the capital city of Eritrea Addis Ababa —the capital of Ethiopia Cairo —the capital of Egypt “The King” (as in “riding on the King’s Highway”)—Emperor Haile...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 34–49.
Published: 01 November 2019
... of the independent nation and the uniqueness of what that nation had to offer. However, it would be a mistake to reduce ska to celebration. Drawing on Rastafarian desires for literal and metaphorical repatriation to Africa, in compositions for the Skatalites such as “Addis Ababa,” the trombone genius Don Drummond...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 16–30.
Published: 01 November 2020
... capital replaces his sense of marvel at the power of language. The négrillon’s initial fascination with these scribblings is destroyed by an encounter with his older brother, Jojo-l’algébrique. While the protagonist finds his “petroglyphs” magical, they render his family members “ababas (et grimaçants...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (2 (71)): 33–48.
Published: 01 July 2023
...); Yale University, as the Henry Louis Gates Jr. Lecture (April 2018); Addis Ababa University (April 2019); SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin (July 2022); University of Ghana, Legon (November 2022); and most recently, the University of Manchester, as the Arthur Lewis Lecture (March 2023). However much I feel...