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New Eritrean Music 2017 Kaleab Teweldemedhin "kan do ye" ካን ዶ
New Eritrean Music 2017 Kaleab Teweldemedhin "kan do ye" ካን ዶ' የ
Published: 2017/07/26
Channel: Mosobna Entertainment
New Eritrean Music "ሓዳረይ
New Eritrean Music "ሓዳረይ'ከ" By Tirhas Tekleab(Gual Keren) |Official Video-2017|
Published: 2017/06/03
Channel: Maico Records
LYE.tv - Ftsum Beraki - Weqti Zeyfeli | ወቕቲ ዘይፈሊ - New Eritrean Music 2017
LYE.tv - Ftsum Beraki - Weqti Zeyfeli | ወቕቲ ዘይፈሊ - New Eritrean Music 2017
Published: 2017/06/09
Channel: LYE.tv
LYE.tv - Semhar Yohannes - Zyaday | ዝያዳይ - New Eritrean Music 2016
LYE.tv - Semhar Yohannes - Zyaday | ዝያዳይ - New Eritrean Music 2016
Published: 2016/12/21
Channel: LYE.tv
WAKAtv - Yonatan Tadesse (Dulla) - Nqts
WAKAtv - Yonatan Tadesse (Dulla) - Nqts'ye elelki/ንቕጽ'የ ኢለልኪ - New Eritrean Music 2017
Published: 2017/08/06
Channel: WAKA Entertainment TV
Danait Yohannes - Habeni Fiqri - (Official Video) | New Eritrean Music 2017
Danait Yohannes - Habeni Fiqri - (Official Video) | New Eritrean Music 2017
Published: 2017/08/03
Channel: Halenga Records
New 2017 Eritrean Music || Kesibe
New 2017 Eritrean Music || Kesibe 'ye - ከሲበ'የ || - Nehmia Zeray
Published: 2017/07/03
Channel: AGAAZI
New Eritrean Music 2017 Kokob Tesfay "Deglel"  ደግለል
New Eritrean Music 2017 Kokob Tesfay "Deglel" ደግለል
Published: 2017/04/14
Channel: Amen Entertainment
Ella TV - Abraham Alem ( Abi ) - Hieru | ሄሩ - New Eritrean Music 2017 - Ella Records
Ella TV - Abraham Alem ( Abi ) - Hieru | ሄሩ - New Eritrean Music 2017 - Ella Records
Published: 2017/08/02
Channel: ELLA RECORDS
LYE.tv - Salina Tsegay - Kexmemo | ከጽመሞ - New Eritrean Music 2017
LYE.tv - Salina Tsegay - Kexmemo | ከጽመሞ - New Eritrean Music 2017
Published: 2017/06/23
Channel: LYE.tv
New Eritrean Music "ናፍቆት" By Medhane;Robel;Daniel | Official Video- 2017|
New Eritrean Music "ናፍቆት" By Medhane;Robel;Daniel | Official Video- 2017|
Published: 2017/08/19
Channel: Maico Records
Helen Pawlos - Afro - (Official Video) | New Eritrean Music 2017
Helen Pawlos - Afro - (Official Video) | New Eritrean Music 2017
Published: 2017/07/28
Channel: Helen Pawlos
Beraki Gebremedhin - Eritrawi Menisey - (Official Video) | New Eritrean Music 2017
Beraki Gebremedhin - Eritrawi Menisey - (Official Video) | New Eritrean Music 2017
Published: 2017/07/02
Channel: Halenga Records
Ella TV - Temesghen Yared - Lilo | ሊሎ - New Eritrean Music 2017 - Engineer Asgedom - ( Remix )
Ella TV - Temesghen Yared - Lilo | ሊሎ - New Eritrean Music 2017 - Engineer Asgedom - ( Remix )
Published: 2017/04/21
Channel: ELLA RECORDS
LYE.tv - Robel Michael - Gzie | ግዜ - New Eritrean Music 2017
LYE.tv - Robel Michael - Gzie | ግዜ - New Eritrean Music 2017
Published: 2017/06/24
Channel: LYE.tv
Tesfay Mengesha - Ayemekihin
Tesfay Mengesha - Ayemekihin 'yu - (Official Video) | New Eritrean Music 2017
Published: 2017/07/21
Channel: Halenga Records
LYE.tv - Abera Beyene - Longi Mear | ሎንጊ መዓር - New Eritrean Music 2017
LYE.tv - Abera Beyene - Longi Mear | ሎንጊ መዓር - New Eritrean Music 2017
Published: 2017/08/16
Channel: LYE.tv
New 2017 Eritrean Music || Hazuley - ሓዙለይ ||  - Nehmia Zeray
New 2017 Eritrean Music || Hazuley - ሓዙለይ || - Nehmia Zeray
Published: 2017/03/05
Channel: AGAAZI
WAKAtv - Isaias Salh (Rasha) -Kmhl
WAKAtv - Isaias Salh (Rasha) -Kmhl'ye/ክምሕል'የ - New Eritrean Music 2017
Published: 2017/06/22
Channel: WAKA Entertainment TV
Helen Meles – Adey – New Eritrean Independence Music 2017
Helen Meles – Adey – New Eritrean Independence Music 2017
Published: 2017/05/24
Channel: ERi-TV
Eritrea - Semhar Yohannes - Loms Ferihe | ሎምስ ፈሪሐ - New Eritrean Music 2016
Eritrea - Semhar Yohannes - Loms Ferihe | ሎምስ ፈሪሐ - New Eritrean Music 2016
Published: 2015/12/29
Channel: LYE Musica
New Eritrean Music 2017 Filmon Ghebretnsae (Keshat) "Des Iluni" ደስ ኢሉኒ
New Eritrean Music 2017 Filmon Ghebretnsae (Keshat) "Des Iluni" ደስ ኢሉኒ
Published: 2017/08/20
Channel: Amen Entertainment
New Eritrean Music 2017 Fred Haile "hiriyti" ሕርይቲ
New Eritrean Music 2017 Fred Haile "hiriyti" ሕርይቲ
Published: 2017/08/17
Channel: Amen Entertainment
LYE.tv - Danait Yohannes - Alemey Eka | ዓለመይ ኢኻ - New Eritrean Music Video 2016
LYE.tv - Danait Yohannes - Alemey Eka | ዓለመይ ኢኻ - New Eritrean Music Video 2016
Published: 2016/12/02
Channel: LYE.tv
LYE.tv - Adway Teklezgi  - Kidi | ኪዲ - New Eritrean Music Video 2017
LYE.tv - Adway Teklezgi - Kidi | ኪዲ - New Eritrean Music Video 2017
Published: 2017/03/30
Channel: LYE.tv
New Eritrea Music 2017 - Elsa Kidane - Kila Eka - (Official Music Video)
New Eritrea Music 2017 - Elsa Kidane - Kila Eka - (Official Music Video)
Published: 2017/08/19
Channel: Elsa Kidane Entertainment
Eritrea Music 2017//ሰርቢ\\ Kiros Asfha
Eritrea Music 2017//ሰርቢ\\ Kiros Asfha
Published: 2017/04/27
Channel: Chura Band ጩራ ባንድ
New Eritrean Music 2017 Filmon Berhane "kumeley" ኩመለይ
New Eritrean Music 2017 Filmon Berhane "kumeley" ኩመለይ
Published: 2017/08/18
Channel: Amen Entertainment
LYE.tv - Ftsum Beraki - Yihdega | ይሕደጋ - Top Eritrean Music 2016
LYE.tv - Ftsum Beraki - Yihdega | ይሕደጋ - Top Eritrean Music 2016
Published: 2016/10/15
Channel: LYE.tv
Yohanna Solomon (Hani) -Miqur Wedi | ምቁር ወዲ - New Eritrean Music Video 2017
Yohanna Solomon (Hani) -Miqur Wedi | ምቁር ወዲ - New Eritrean Music Video 2017
Published: 2017/07/13
Channel: ATA Media
LYE.tv - Henok Huruy - Snit | ስኒት - New Eritrean Music 2016
LYE.tv - Henok Huruy - Snit | ስኒት - New Eritrean Music 2016
Published: 2016/11/17
Channel: LYE.tv
LYE.tv - Salina Tsegay - Mnada Mnada | ምናዳ ምናዳ - New Eritrean Music 2015
LYE.tv - Salina Tsegay - Mnada Mnada | ምናዳ ምናዳ - New Eritrean Music 2015
Published: 2015/09/21
Channel: LYE.tv
LYE.tv - Robel Michael - Yene Konjo | የኔ ቆንጆ - New Eritrean Music 2016
LYE.tv - Robel Michael - Yene Konjo | የኔ ቆንጆ - New Eritrean Music 2016
Published: 2016/11/08
Channel: LYE.tv
Eritrea - Merhawi Sbahtleab - Kokobey - (Official Music Video) - New Eritrean Music 2015
Eritrea - Merhawi Sbahtleab - Kokobey - (Official Music Video) - New Eritrean Music 2015
Published: 2014/05/16
Channel: habesha poetics
New Eritrean Music 2017 "Men yu Asmarino" Jemal Romodan መን
New Eritrean Music 2017 "Men yu Asmarino" Jemal Romodan መን'ዩ ኣዝማሪኖ
Published: 2017/02/23
Channel: Amen Entertainment
Tesfalem Arefaine - Korchach - Tium Were - ጥዑም ወረ- ( New Eritrean Music 2016)
Tesfalem Arefaine - Korchach - Tium Were - ጥዑም ወረ- ( New Eritrean Music 2016)
Published: 2016/10/30
Channel: ATA Media
LYE.tv - Saba Andemariam - Ewala | ዕዋላ - New Eritrean Music 2015
LYE.tv - Saba Andemariam - Ewala | ዕዋላ - New Eritrean Music 2015
Published: 2015/09/16
Channel: LYE.tv
LYE.tv - Eden Kesete - Jemereni | ጀመረኒ - Top Eritrean Music 2016
LYE.tv - Eden Kesete - Jemereni | ጀመረኒ - Top Eritrean Music 2016
Published: 2016/10/19
Channel: LYE.tv
LYE.tv - Temesghen Yared - Seb Seine | ሰብ ስኢነ - New Eritrean Music 2017
LYE.tv - Temesghen Yared - Seb Seine | ሰብ ስኢነ - New Eritrean Music 2017
Published: 2017/03/03
Channel: LYE.tv
Tesfalem Arefaine - Korchach - Bog Abileki  - ቦግ ኣቢለኪ- ( New Eritrean Music 2017)
Tesfalem Arefaine - Korchach - Bog Abileki - ቦግ ኣቢለኪ- ( New Eritrean Music 2017)
Published: 2017/02/14
Channel: ATA Media
New Eritrean Bilen music 2017 Omar Amer  kidakuana ኪዳኳና
New Eritrean Bilen music 2017 Omar Amer kidakuana ኪዳኳና
Published: 2017/05/19
Channel: Amen Entertainment
Ella TV - Nahom Tesfealem ( Hubi ) - Meley | መለይ - New Eritrean Music 2017 - Ella Records
Ella TV - Nahom Tesfealem ( Hubi ) - Meley | መለይ - New Eritrean Music 2017 - Ella Records
Published: 2017/05/19
Channel: ELLA RECORDS
LYE.tv - Fana Abraha - Aeqli Gber | ዓቕሊ ግበር - New Eritrean Music 2017
LYE.tv - Fana Abraha - Aeqli Gber | ዓቕሊ ግበር - New Eritrean Music 2017
Published: 2017/05/04
Channel: LYE.tv
LYE.tv - Shiden Solomon - Yiqreta Nebsey | ይቕረታ ነብሰይ - New Eritrean Music 2017
LYE.tv - Shiden Solomon - Yiqreta Nebsey | ይቕረታ ነብሰይ - New Eritrean Music 2017
Published: 2017/02/08
Channel: LYE.tv
New Eritrean Music 2017 | እንጂነር ኣስገዶም ወልደሚካኤል |Eritrean Old Music| Eritrea Collection
New Eritrean Music 2017 | እንጂነር ኣስገዶም ወልደሚካኤል |Eritrean Old Music| Eritrea Collection
Published: 2017/01/06
Channel: Eritrea Collection
LYE.tv - Danait Yohannes - Ekltiye | እኽልቲ
LYE.tv - Danait Yohannes - Ekltiye | እኽልቲ'የ - New Eritrean Music Video 2016
Published: 2016/05/13
Channel: LYE.tv
LYE.tv - Saba Andemariam - Aytfeleyeni | ኣይትፈለየኒ - New Eritrean Music 2015
LYE.tv - Saba Andemariam - Aytfeleyeni | ኣይትፈለየኒ - New Eritrean Music 2015
Published: 2015/10/21
Channel: LYE.tv
Eritrean Music 2016- Sabur Abdu-Muna | ሙና - New Eritrean Music 2016 (Remix)
Eritrean Music 2016- Sabur Abdu-Muna | ሙና - New Eritrean Music 2016 (Remix)
Published: 2016/04/11
Channel: ELLA RECORDS
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|New Eritrean Music 2017| Teseguige'ye ተሰጒገ'የ Redwan Mehari (Bambini) Official Music Video
Published: 2017/04/19
Channel: SOYRA-ERITREA
Ella TV - Said Berhanu - Hiewaney | ሄዋነይ -  New Eritrean Music 2017 - Ella Records
Ella TV - Said Berhanu - Hiewaney | ሄዋነይ - New Eritrean Music 2017 - Ella Records
Published: 2017/08/04
Channel: ELLA RECORDS
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Eritrea is a country in the Horn of Africa. Perhaps the most famous Eritrean musicians in history are Engineer Asgedom Woldemichael, Bereket Mengisteab, Yemane Baria, Osman Abderrehim, Alamin Abdeletif and Atowe Birhan Segid, some of whose music was banned by the Ethiopian government in the 1970s. Also of note is Bereket Mengistab, who has had a lengthy career, and 1960s legends Haile Ghebru and Tewolde Redda. The latter was one of the first electric guitar players in the Horn region, a singer, and reportedly a writer of the famous Eritrean independence song "Shigey habuni", with an allegedly coded political love theme.

Eritrean music is distinguished by its unique rhythm. Modern popular stars include Bereket Mengistab, Teklé Tesfa-Ezighe Tekele Kifle Mariam (Wedi Tukul), Tesfai Mehari (Fihira), Osman Abderrehim, Abrar Osman, Abraham Afwerki, Yemane Ghebremichael, Idris Mohamed Ali, Alamin Abdeletif, Tsehaytu Beraki, Atewebrhan Segid and Berekhet Mengisteab.

Folk music[edit]

Traditional instruments include the stringed kraar, kebero, lyre, kobar and the wata (a distant/rudimentary cousin of the violin).

Popular music[edit]

Modern Eritrean popular music can be traced back to the late 1960s, when the MaHber Theatre Asmara began to produce stars like Osman Abderrehim, Alamin Abdeletif, Yemane Ghebremichael (also commonly known as Yemane Baria), Jabber, Ateweberhan Seghid, Yonus Ibrahim, Tsehaytu Beraki, Tewolde Redda, Teberh Tesfahiwet and Tukabo WeldemariamTukabo.[1]

Since then, some musicians, like kraar-player Dawit Shilan, Yohannes Tikabo(aka Wedi Tukabo), Dehab Faytinga (also commonly known as Faytinga), Asmara All Stars and Temesgen Gebreselassie (also commonly known as Taniqo) have helped to incorporate the core indigenous Eritrean musical elements in popular music. Imported styles of music from Europe, North America, and elsewhere in the Horn region, are also very popular in urban areas of Eritrea.

Dancing[edit]

Traditional Eritrean Tigrinya dancing involves two main styles of dance. In the first which is called 'quda', the dancers form a circle and slowly circumambulator or move around in an endless circular motion to the rhythm of the music. Then, they cease the circular musical flow/motion and dance in pairs or 3's facing each other for a short while before resuming the circular motion in a file again. During this time, they shuffle their feet to the beat of the music and bob their shoulders in a rhythmic fashion. Female dancers usually move their shoulders more than the male dancers. Towards the end, the musical tempo increases and the drum beat quickens to signal this musical crescendo. The dancers round off their dancing by facing each other in twos and threes and moving their shoulders faster. This can also involve jumping and bending one's knees, as well as going down to the floor to sit in a squatting position while bobbing those shoulders and moving the head sideways to the strong drum beats.

In the second style of dance, two groups (often a group of men and a group of women) line up and face each other. The dance features a skipping step to the music. Periodically, the two groups will change places, dancing across the floor and passing each other in the process.

Traditional dances practiced by Eritrea's other Afro-Asiatic communities include those by the Saho, which involve jumping on each leg in rhythm with the beat. The related Afar, Tigre, Bilen and Hidareb have similar moves. Additionally, the Rashaida also have their own unique dances.

Dancing by the Nilo-Saharan Kunama involves raising bead-strung legs in sync with the rhythm of the music. The related Nara have similar traditions.

Live Music[edit]

Piano bar culture

The music scene in the capital of Asmara has traditionally been known for setting the standard of Tigrinya music for listeners in Eritrea and Ethiopia. The relatively recent 'piano bar' phenomenon has been largely exclusive to Asmara because almost all contemporary musicians and singers live in the capital city.

The piano bar culture became popular in Asmara around 2004, when leading singers like Dawit Shilan played at the Ha.Ko.Se.E cafe. At the time - live music in bars being a new experience in the city - the cafe was overcrowded over weekends and many customers had to be turned away.

One of the intrinsic characteristics of the piano bars is that the artists remix a range of classic hits, instead of sticking to performing only their own songs. For example, Dawit Shilan playing Atewebrhan Segid’s 1970s jazz not only brought these classic song back to life, but showed his mastery of performance skills, particularly on the krar.

Piano bars have thus been providing a platform for avant garde jazz and blues artists - and to a lesser extent the local dance music known as Guayla. The sentimental aura in piano bars is accentuated by nostalgic lyrics from the 1960s to the 2000s, which reflect heartbreak, separation, loss and nationalism. Piano bars are sites of true passion and reflection for artists, as they are not bound by the typical demands for upbeat music for dancing.

After the success of gigs at the Ha.Ko.Se.E piano bar, other hotels and cafes were quick to catch on the business. Hotels such as Sunshine, Savana, Bologna cub and Ayele family have been hosting contemporary favourites like Yohannes Tikabo, Tesfay Mengesha and Kahsai Haile regularly.

In 2013, the Berhe Aiba Hotel started a new type of live performance by giving prominence to musicians rather than singers. Jazz classics were played, with singers such as Yohannes Tikabo only featuring on certain tracks. Some of the best talents in Eritrean music - like Shonqie, Fanjai, Chobie and Gidewon - were brought together as a band to provide a unique experience for discerning fans. The place became a hangout for many musicians, many of whom would get on stage and start playing. Today Berhe Aiba hotel is regarded as one of the clubs in Asmara.

The success of piano bars in Asmara could have a lot to do with the Gaeda genre, which is played in Swa houses in Aba Shawel, a district of Asmara that has traditionally been home to many highly acclaimed artists across generations. Gaeda is a communal music experience where a singer plays songs accompanied by friends beating drums, clapping and singing along. Many of these songs are exclusively played in Gaeda settings and are never recorded or released on albums. Songs are often modified by whoever sings them, adding thought-provoking social and political messages.[1]

Sibrit[edit]

In 1994, a year after Eritrea declared its independence and gained international recognition, a group of musicians were brought together under the direction of Kahsay Gebrehewet as part of Eritrea’s nation building efforts.[2] The musicians, who had previously performed in various revolutionary music groups, were brought together as the national music and dance troupe, Sibrit, which means heritage.[3] Sibrit perform music and dance from all nine of Eritrea's main ethnic groups (Afar, Bilen, Hedareb, Saho, Kunama, Nara, Rashaida, Tigre and Tigrinya), they feature regularly on Eritrean radio and television shows and perform as representatives of Eritrean culture around the world.[2] Their instrumentation includes the amplified krar, bass krar and percussion.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Asmarino.com
  2. ^ a b c Matthew Lavoie (25 August 2009). "Eritrea’s Guayla King, Bereket Mengisteab". Voice of America News. 
  3. ^ Efrem, Samrawit (11 November 2009). "Sibrit Cultural Troupe Celebrating Eritrean culture diversity". Shabait.com. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 

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