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."


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what is wrong with u? i think my man luda was amazing.He was the main reason i got in the first place
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are you crazy? luda was sick i loved every second of his performance...and i know alot of people who also did...and i think it harsh 2 say luda fails to rouse ethiopia cause i know i was goin crazy in there!!!!!!!!!!!
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LUDA was tha bamb His flow was Unforgettable Ethiopian love rap music that for sure. Anybody Who say rap music don't suit in Ethiopia He got to be crezy.
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Luda performed a great show. Here in Ethiopia everybody listens to Rap, Hip-Hop, and the others kinds of musics. And the guy Michael he's crazy. Rap music suits in Ethiopia.
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don listen 2 da bulls**t almost everyone in ethiopia listens 2 hiphop,& luda is like the rap goddie. and most of the fans didnt have enough money 2 come.thats why & i ma prove it 2 u
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First of all one of the best music you can hear in Addis are Rap, Hip Hop, RnB, Reggae, and Reggaeton. The concert was exciting both performed a great show. But the Ethiopian government didn't gave attention for Luda that much. Luda is one of the best Rapper in the world. The guy by the name Michael Melake he's a Bam. Like Robel said, anybody who says Rap music doesn't suit in Ethiopia, he's not an Ethiopian. Thanks!
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I know we all have our own personal opinions, but I do beg to differ with so called local promoter Michael Melake. His claim that I quote “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." I don’t know the brother, but rap music is not only appreciated in Ethiopia, it has become a norm throughout Africa. And for someone that has lived in the US for 30yrs and was present at the event, Luda was as much appreciated by the crowd as Beyonce was. Maybe the so called promoter was not happy that he was not the one that got Luda to come to Addis, cause he could not have been there to make such wrong comments that close to 20 thousand fans would beg to differ.
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