If you go out around music bars and venues in Addis Ababa, you will enjoy a very characteristic scene, but if you want to get an idea of the different sounds from the country, you will get a very narrow view of it; in some places some Amhara or Gurage music may be found but... what about the rest?
“It was visionary, the awakening of a new era”, says Amha Eshete, the Ethiopian musical producer in the days of Swingin’Addis, the golden age. Recordings made between the 50s and the 80s, the Ethiopian music publications that crossed borders; while the contemporary musical scene of Addis Ababa remains practically unknown to the world. Music in Addis Ababa expresses everyday life and the processes of transformation in the city.
2019 marks the 50th anniversary of many extraordinary events that occurred in 1969, a polarizing year that changed the world forever. To commemorate the iconic year, Sabbatical Entertainment presents Time Capsule ’69. We travel to the past to witness how history was transformed and relive unforgettable events such as Woodstock Festival, The Beatles last performance, Pelé's 1,000th goal, as well as the first man to set foot on the moon.
The film documents the rise and fall of rock music journalism through from the 1960’s through to it’s eventual demise in the 1980’s. All the great moments of writing and the people who created the stories are covered here, from the formation of Rolling Stone, to Gloria Stavers and the creation of the teen idol, Creem, Trouser Press, Crawdaddy, and all the other notable print publications from the 60’s and 70’s.
A biography of a universal icon of music and Hollywood, Madonna, better known as the Queen of Pop. Sabbatical Entertainment celebrates Madonna’s illustrious career spanning more than four decades, always pushing the boundaries of entertainment. Not afraid of controversy, the Material girl, through her talents, redefined and reshaped pop culture history.
U2 are almost as well known for their philanthropy and charity work as they are for their music. Over twenty years, lead singer Bono has made a name for himself as a tireless worker for social and economic chcnage in Third World Countries. A Rock Crusade is the story of this band's never ending energy, drive and commitment to social causes, and U2's efforts to use its influence in order to affect change for the people who need it most - the poor and disadvantaged.
The Rolling Stones are as well known for their music as they are for each band member's highly public and often troubled personal journey. Pioneering a gritty blues-based style of rock & roll in the 60s, the Stones gathered fans and momentum alike with front man Mick Jagger's unique blend of macho showmanship and camp irony attracting plenty of attention. For over four decades the Rolling Stones ahve been on top.
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr: the four most iconic names in pop music. Together, they weave the story of the Beatles, still listed by Rolling Stone magazine as the most important band in the world. Since bursting onto the music scene in the early 1960s, the Beatles have embarked on successful solo careers, faced difficult personal and legal battles, but ultimately endured.
Recognized by multiple generations, as well as a cross-section of society, Elvis Presley holds a permanent place in American and World music history. Elvis Presley is an American icon that ushered in a music revolution that triggered a global-scale cultural transformation. Elvis’s legacy is celebrated all around the world from Japan to Israel and from India to the England.
Meal Tickets is a coming of age roc-doc filmed over ten years about the lives of high school band mates and their roadie who dedicate their twenties to seeking success in the music industry. Australian filmmaker, Mat de Koning, filmed 700 hours of footage of his best friends to give this no holds barred look at being a rock'n'roller in an age where the Internet and social media changed the game.
This Music Bio tells the story of David Bowie was an English singer-songwriter and actor. He was a leading figure in the music industry and is considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. He was acclaimed by critics and musicians, particularly for his innovative work during the 1970s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, with his music and stagecraft having a significant impact on popular music.
From Manila to Tokyo, from Barcelona to Berlin, this film "Karaoke, the enchanted machine" tells the history of the karaoke phenomenon. Appearing in the early 1970s in Japan, the singing machine has grown beyond Japanese borders to embrace other cultures. Its followers number in the millions, some karaoke singers even compete each year for the title of World Champion.
There is a place in the world where all music converges. The Río de la Plata is that region where completely different genres such as Tango, Rock, Candombe and Milonga meet, giving birth to what is known as the Rioplatense Song, our own unique music. This is the story we want to tell. Throughout musical meetings and chats with several referents of both shores, our leading man Pablo Dacal offers us a deep outlook into today’s musical scene.