Selam organisation

Selam  was etsablished in 1997 by Teshome Wondimu and is a main actor on the cultural scene in Stockholm.
We are an independent, non-governmental, non-profit music organisation with office in Stockholm and Addis Ababa, Selam organize and promote festivals, concerts, tours, club nights and forums presenting global music with sounds from mainly Africa, Latin America and the Carribean in professional venues. Selam owns the independent record label Selam Sounds.

We function in multiple capacities. The fact that our interests, activities and expertise are diverse results in valuable synergies, it gives our organization sustainability and makes us more productive.

International projects

We work with development within the music industry in a Swedish, Nordic and international context. We operate a Swedish/East African music network and long term program of capacity building projects in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania with the aim to strengthen the infrastructure within the music sector. Our activities and projects contribute through organising workshops and training for musicians, producers, sound & light engineers, managers, promoters, and music journalists, and by establishing and facilitating networks between professional actors within the music sector, on a local, national, regional and international level.
Selam, Selam Ethiopia, is registered as an international cultural NGO in Ethiopia since 2005. We have an office and a studio on site in Addis Ababa. Since 2013 we also registred as a local NGO in Uganda.
The activities are administrated by national coordinators in East Africa and the Selam team in Stockholm.

Awards

Selam has received several awards for our work: “Best Promotor” at Folk – and World Music Awards 2010, Selam’s director Teshome Wondimu has also received “Stockholm Honorary Award” by the City of Stockholm.

Financing

Our organization is a non-profit organization and we work with operational support from the Stockholm Municipality, Swedish Arts Council and the Stockholm County Council. The international projects has to date been funded by Sida, the Swedish Institute and the Nordic Culture Fond.
From 2013 we also have support from the Swedish Postcode Lottery and Forum Syd, and during 2014 Musikverket.