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PBS Beat Making Lab Brings Big Tunes To Addis Ababa

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Pierce Freelon and The Apple Juice Kid return with a great set of students and the beginnings of another killer tune in the first episode of PBS Beat Making Lab live from Ethiopia. The program is a collaborative effort with IntraHealth designed to spread awareness about public health issues through hip-hop. In this installment of their travels the crew introduces us to Gelila - one of a handful of youth living in Addis Ababa with a strong interest in producing music. Every day after finishing classes at the local college, Gelila attends the two-week program in order to get a feel for the equipment in their mobile studio so that she can begin to master her own sound. Check the footage below to watch the latest episode of the PBS Beat Making Lab live and direct from Addis Ababa. Stay tuned for more from the lab crew as they discover the country, adjust to the culture and help their Ethiopian friends with a few dope beats.