Ludacris Fails To Rouse Ethiopians
LUDACRIS' groundbreaking gig in Ethiopia was doomed to fail, because the nation's people hate rap music. The hip hop star performed at the country's millennium celebrations on Saturday (20Oct07) - but only received a lukewarm response from the same crowd which cheered fellow performer Beyonce Knowles. Local promoter Michael Melake claims Ludacris was an odd choice for the bash - because hip hop is unappreciated in the African nation. He says, "Rap music doesn't suit Ethiopia. Ethiopians need a melody. Rap music is all about the message and we don't identify with that. "It's all about the black American experience, and we don't relate to that."