1991, Circus Ethiopia took a Western circus tradition and they've been making it
their own ever since!
Circus Ethiopia is performed by Ethiopian children who
also take part in creating the show. The children continue to attend school, but
the troupe provides a kind of home away from home when the circus in on the
road. Humanitarian organizations have founds that the circus is a more effective
than the media in explaining issues of health, AIDS, child abuse and family violence. These messages have become an increasingly important part
of Circus Ethiopia shows.
Idir -- Algeria
Performing -- "Ssendu"
Born in Kabylie, Idir sings of identity and cultural differences.
After the international success of "A Vava Inouva", his career took on
a new dimension. Idir follows his country's torturous history now from
Paris and continues his political and humanitarian commitments from
there. In June of 1995 he put together the concert "Algeria -- the
life" with another celebrated Algerian performer, Khaled. And he was
part of a tribute to Matoub Lounes, killed in June 1998.
Vanessa-Mae -- Singapore/United Kingdom
Performing -- "Song for Humanity" -- "Storm"
Vanessa-Mae is a unique icon in the world of music straddling the
worlds of classical and pop. The youngest person ever to record the
Beethoven and Tschaikovsky violin concertos, she has gone on to win
numerous awards, including; "Best Selling Classical Artist in the
World". Her debut pop album "The Violin Player" is the most successful
debut instrumental pop album ever, charting in over 25 countries.