Edited by Azizi Powell
This post showcases seven music & dance videos of the Bilen people of Eritrea, East Africa.
The content of this post is presented for historical, folkloric, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.
All copyrights remain with their owners.
INFORMATION ABOUT ERITREAN BILEN PEOPLE
"The Bilen (Blin or Bilin), also known as the Bogo or North Agaw, are an ethnic group in the Horn of Africa. They are primarily concentrated in central Eritrea, in and around the city of Keren, and south toward Asmara, the nation's capital...
The Bilen practice both Christianity and Islam. Muslim adherents mainly inhabit rural areas and have interbred with the adjacent Tigre, while Christian Bilen tend to reside in urban areas and have intermingled with the Biher-Tigrinya."
Comment by Kerenian http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvFHqAdEaRc*
"Bilen nationality in Eritrea has its musical traditions and its distinctive dances, usually performed to the rhythms of intricate, locally-produced instruments. Many mark major events in life, such as birth and marriage, or celebrate important religious or community festivals. There is also a growing popular music culture in the major urban centers, which draws on and reinterprets traditional themes."
*This comment was given as a publisher's comment in the video that is presented as Example #7 of this post.
(These examples are posted in chronological order based on the date of their posting on YouTube with the oldest date presented first.)
Example #1: eritrean bilen
Welid Dekin, Uploaded on Jun 27, 2010
The musical instruments are drums, harmonicas and sticks hitting against each other.
Example #2: Eritrea: Bilen traditional dance : ارتريا . رقص شعبي للبلين
Kerenian, Uploaded on Jul 7, 2010
Example #3: Eritrea - "jarsalam beninku" Bilen song اغنية ارترية
Kerenian, Uploaded on Jul 27, 2010
Example #4 bilen dance
farajatnet, Uploaded on Mar 14, 2011
Example #5: Eritrean Bilen by Naseh habtom Lishka
Welid Dekin, Uploaded on May 27, 2011
Wo LISHKA By new singer Naseh
Example #6: Regina Eritrean tradition wedding
milliontekleab, Uploaded on Aug 5, 2011
Siyoum's and Helen's beautiful Eritrean tradition wedding in Regina, Sk, Canada.
Here's a comment from this video's viewer comment thread: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPBE42oQdGU
"The singer is called Habtat Zerisgi and he lives in Swiszerland, he went to Canada for the wedding and he is fomous bilen singer as he has his own songs. if u type his name in youtube u will find some of his songs ....
-Micheal George, 2013
Click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NJAS6aiil8 for another video of this wedding.
Example #7: Eritrea- Bilen song by Nesah Habtom
Kerenian, Published on May 19, 2012
Eritrea- Bilen song by Nesah Habtom
Bilen nationality in Eritrea has its musical traditions and its distinctive dances, usually performed to the rhythms of intricate, locally-produced instruments. Many mark major events in life, such as birth and marriage, or celebrate important religious or community festivals. There is also a growing popular music culture in the major urban centers, which draws on and reinterprets traditional themes.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND THANKS
Thanks to the composers of these songs, and thanks to the vocalists, musicians, and dancers who are featured in these videos. My thanks also to the publishers of these videos.
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