The Oud Festival is presenting, on the same stage, Ethiopia’s top three singers: (from left) Aster Aweke, Gossaye Tesfaye and Mahmoud Ahmed.
(photo credit: CONFEDERATION HOUSE)
What does an artistic director of a festival do after a successful closing concert? Take a long nap? Pack and fly to some exotic tropical locale? Take – finally – the time to answer the mountains of mail, calls and messages he couldn’t get to before and during the festival? He would probably do all of these and more – but not Effie Benaya, the artistic director of the Oud Festival. Just a few hours after the three Greek Divas closed this year’s festival, he immediately moved on – to the next festival, of course.“I have to switch in my mind from the outgoing to the incoming,” explains Benaya from his office at the Confederation House, overlooking the walls of the Old City. “The Oud Festival has become a ‘must’ for all aficionados of great classical oriental and Mediterranean music. I look forward to the challenge of the totally different type and conditions of the next festival – the exciting Ethiopian music and theater gathering we are planning.”