Thursday, March 7, 2013

Seven Examples Of Contemporary Tigrigna Music (Eritrea & Ethiopia)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post presents seven videos of contemporary Tigrigna music from Eritrea & from Ethiopia.

The content of this post is presented for historical, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Editor's Note:
I know nothing about these vocalist or songs except for what is written in English by the video's YouTube publisher & commenters to the video's viewer comment thread.

Information about these vocalists, including their nationality, and information about these featured songs, including the meaning of the song's title would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

"Tigray-Tigrinya are an ethnic group who live in the southern, central and northern parts of Eritrea and the northern highlands of Ethiopia's Tigray province. They also live in Ethiopia's former provinces of Begemder (Gonder) and Wollo, which are today mostly part of Amhara Region, though a few regions (e.g. Wolqayt, Tselemti, Raya, Humera) were incorporated instead into modern Tigray Region. Their language is called Tigrinya. They make up approximately 96.6% of the inhabitants of the Tigray Region,[3] and are 6.1% of the population of Ethiopia as a whole, numbering little more than 5.7 million.[4] Tigrinya speakers are 55% of the population in neighboring Eritrea[5] at about 3.4 million people."
"Traditional Eritrean Tigrigna dancing involves two main styles of dance. In the first which is called 'quda', the dancers form a circle and slowly circumambulate 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 your knees and 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."
Examples of the circle dancing mentioned above can be found in some of the videos featured in this post.

(These videos are presented in chronological order of the date of their posting on YouTube, with the oldest videos presented first.)

Example #1 "Fiyori" by Aziz Hagos

wediagame, Uploaded on Aug 10, 2008

Ethiopia- Tigrigna clip

Example #2: Tsegazeab Gebreslasie - Tealem - New Tigrigna music

Honeyethio, Uploaded on Jul 21, 2010

Example #3: Mahlet GebreGiorgis Haneta Ethiopian Ethiopia Habesha Tigrigna Music dvd Quality Tigray Derfi


Sirak Zenebe, Uploaded on Oct 18, 2011

Example #4: TIGRIGNA SONG NEW Fana Negash

Africa4141, Published on Mar 31, 2012

Example #5: Gezu Araya Best Cultural Tigrigna Song

Efitlove, Published on May 11, 2012

Example #6: Eden Gebreselassie - Swnwano

Kamesamy Published on Jun 20, 2012

Swnwano - Eden Gebreselassie, new Tigrigna song!
Eden is a gifted Ethiopian singer.
She has the following Tigrigna songs so far.
[Click for hyperlinks posted by Kamesamy to other YouTube videos of this singer]

Example #7:. Feven Tsegay "Habibi" - Eritrean Music

EriTVnetwork Published on Sep 11, 2012

Thanks to the composers of these songs, and to the vocalists & musicians who performed on these featured videos. Thanks also to the uploaders of these featured videos.

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