The differences between the soundscape of rural markets and Addis Ababa’s market are varied and substantial.
In fact, the market of Addis Ababa offers a variety of diverse acoustics, ambiences and soundscapes.
Firstly, considering that there are no wide outdoor areas, the soundscape is much more dense and intense. Most sellers have a proper brick-walled or metal store which is set in such a way that together they form large noisy roads or narrow lanes and alleys with intimate acoustics. There are also several warehouses and concrete structures, also with two floors, that form a sort of indoor markets, similar to European markets.
Motor vehicles are present in much of the market, in contrast with rural markets where they are virtually absent.
There are more articles than in the rural markets and the variety of sellers calls is broader.
The area of recycled metals (which is absent in rural markets) is where there are the loudest noises (percussive).