Alhousseini Anivolla & Girum Mezmur
When guitarists Alhousseini Anivolla (Niger) and Girum Mezmur (Ethiopia) first met in 2005 at a festival in Europe, they were both already established professionals. Alhousseini had been part of the Tinariwen movement, and later on, gained remarkable reputation with his band Etran Finatawa and his trio Anewal. The Sydney Morning Herald praised his "gloriously repetitive, traditional music mixed with some of the slickest and most beautiful electric guitar maginable." Girum has been a mainstay in Addis Ababa's live music scene as a guitarist and producer for decades. He is the musical director of Ethiopia's greatest star Mahmoud Ahmed and has worked with the likes of Angelique Kidjo and Ali Keita.