Tickets Atse Tewodros Project, MAQEDA in Berlin

Tickets für Atse Tewodros Project MAQEDA 28.09.19 in Berlin, Werkstatt der Kulturen

Samstag 28.09.19
Einlass: 21:00, Beginn: 21:30
Werkstatt der Kulturen, Wissmannstr. 32, 12049 Berlin

Tickets zu Atse Tewodros Project Berlin


Atse Tewodros Project                            


Music about historical & mythological ethiopian women. A collaborations between Ethiopian and Italian musicians.

A project by Gabriella Ghermandi

Maqeda is the Ethiopian name for the Queen of Sheba, who according to Ethipian legend went to the court of the Emperor Solomon to challenge his wisdom by asking him riddles. And Maqeda is the name that Gabriella Ghermandi has chosen for her new project, dedicated to female figures, which aims to “universalise” the myth of the Queen of Sheba and of other figures in Ethiopian history and mythology, and bring them to life using the experience of women, men and girls of different origins who will participate in the writing and serigraphy printing laboratories as planned by the project itself.

Maqeda is an artistic, cultural and anthropological journey that, through a shared path of music, images and narration, proposes a reflection on the feminine and its figures.


  • Gabriella Ghermandi – vocals 
  • Fabrizio Puglisi – piano
  • Misale Legesse – Ethiopian traditional drum set
  • Endris Hassen – one string bowl “Masinko”
  • Camilla Missio – bass guitar
  • Abu Gebre – Ethiopian traditional flute “Washint”
  • Tommy Ruggero drums and percussion
  • Anteneh Teklemariam - acustic and electric kirar (Ethiopian lira)

The Atse Tewodros Project is an initiative, coordinated by writer and performer Gabriella Ghermandi, that forges musical collaborations between Ethiopian and Italian musicians.

This project takes as its symbol Emperor Tewodros, a man who was not of imperial lineage, but still managed to gain the throne through willpower and charisma, breaking with centuries of custom. He was the first Emperor who gave Ethiopia the chance to modernize while respecting its traditions. In a similar way, the Atse Tewodros Project intends to respect traditional Ethiopian music while opening it up to dialogue and exchange.

He was also the emperor who fought against Queen Victoria’s army and defended Ethiopian independence in the century of African colonization. The Atse Tewodros Project also includes songs from the Ethiopian Resistance that fought against the Italian Fascist Regime. By doing so, it reclaims the past, both for the general public and for the individual, it creates a way to describe the course of human and migrant lives and to talk about plural identities.