Sublime Frequencies to Release Ethno-folk Cinema Classic Staring Into The Sun

Staring into the Sun
Staring into the Sun is the latest ethno-folk cinema classic from Sublime Frequencies. Ethiopia is known to be one of the oldest areas inhabited by humans and presently has over 80 diverse ethnic groups.

In 2009, photographer/filmmaker Olivia Wyatt explored 13 different tribes throughout Ethiopia in this visually stunning film on DVD with accompanying 136 page book of Polaroid photographs and audio CD of field recordings.

Traveling from the northern highlands to the lower Omo Valley via bush taxi, Isuzu cargo trucks, and by any means possible, Wyatt brings together the worlds of Zar spirit possession; Hamer tribal wedding ceremonies; Borena water well polyphonic singing; wild hyena feedings; and bizarre Ethiopian TV segments; presenting an enchanting look at these otherworldly images, stark landscapes and captivating sounds from the horn of Africa.

The featured tribes are captured with an unflinching sense of realism and poetic admiration resulting in a visual and aural feast of the senses. 136 page hardcover photography book with one music CD and one film on DVD. 5 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches, landscape format. 117 color photographs and liner notes by Olivia Wyatt. Sublime Frequencies most elaborate package yet. One time limited edition pressing of 1000 copies.

Staring into the Sun from olivia wyatt on Vimeo.


1- Konso Tribe “Konso Lyre Song”

2- Habesha 2000 Band “Habesha Traditional Song”

3- Azmari (Masinko Player) ” Masinko Song”

4- Dirashe Tribe “Dirashe Syncopated Panpipes”

5-Gedeo Tribe “Gedeo Vocals”

6-Dirashe Tribe “Dirashe Drum Song”

7-Dorze Tribe “Dorze Song”

8- Mursi Tribe “Mursi Song”

9-Habesha 2000 Band “Habesha Traditional Song 2”

10- Dirashe Tribe “Dirashe Lyre Song”

11- Konso Tribe “Konso Lyre and Percussion Song”

12- GedeoTribe “Gedeo Percussion, Lyre, and Vocal Song”

13- Dirashe Tribe “Dirashe Lyre Dance”

14- Tsemay Tribe “Tsemay Song”

15- Borana Tribe “Borana Singing Wells”

16- Habesha 2000 Band “Habesha Traditional Song 3”

DVD chapter listing:

Chapter 1- Intro

Chapter 2- Borana Singing Wells

Chapter 3- Addis Ababa Traditional Night Club

Chapter 4- Harari Wild Hyena Feeding

Chapter 5 – Tsemay Tribe

Chapter 6- Afar Tribe

Chapter 7- Konso Tribe

Chapter 8 – Arbore Tribe

Chapter 9 – Amhara Tribe

Chapter 10- Dirashe Tribe

Chapter 11- Hookah Night Scenes

Chapter 12 – Zar Spirit Possession Ceremony

Chapter 13- Mursi Tribe

Chapter 14 – Day Dreams

Chapter 15 – Masinko Player

Chapter 16- Banna Tribe

Chapter 17 – Gedeo Tribe

Chapter 18- Hamar Wedding

Author: World Music Central News Department

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