Saturday, March 16, 2013

Traditional & Contemporary Eritrean Guayla Music

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcase five examples of Guayla music from Eritrea, East Africa. "Gualya" is a genre of music.

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

All copyrights remain with their owners.

DISCLAIMER: This post in no way claims to present a comprehensive samplying of Guayla music. I know VERY little about Guayla music, but I'm interested in learning more. I searched online, but couldn't find any information about the history & description of this music genre. If any readers can provide a credible link to such an online source, I'll add it to this post.

I am African American and, unfortunately, don't speak or read any language but English. Therefore, I don't know what is being sung in these videos.

WARNING: Site visitors to those comment threads should be aware that, unfortunately, many of the YouTube viewer comment threads of Eritrea and Ethiopian music are NSFWOC (Not suitable for work or children).

I've added this warning because all too often the intense national conflict between bloggers who identify themselves as being from one of those two nations results in argumentative exchanges & insults, many of which include profanity.


Example #1 Berhe Meshesh: Eritrea Guyla song

asmarino5, Uploaded on Apr 26, 2008

Eritrea Music - Berhe Meshesh sings an Eritrean Guyla/ Kuda bahli song from Asmara, Eritrea. Eritrea is located in E. Africa. (Africa Music)
Here's a comment from that video's viewer comment thread:
"Typical MAYCHA'EDA traditional play. Thats what a typical Adiquala guayla song would sound. Perfect rythm, good krar. good Job Berhe. Keep it up. Thank you Asmarino5"
-funynile, 2008

Example #2: Bereket Mengisteab "Zew Zew:" Eritrea Guayla/ Kuda Music

asmarino5, Uploaded on Jun 15, 2008

Eritrea Music - Bereket Mengisteab sings from Asmara, Eritrea (Tigrigna Music) . Eritrea is located in E. Africa. (Africa Music)
Here are two comments from this video's viewer comment thread:
"He is the best and he is our legend. No one will question his talent.
-bmeasho. 2009
"In my opinion, this is the best ever tigrigna guayla song."
-Muller Gheb, 2010

Example #3: Fyori Tsehaye -ERITREA GUAYLA - Heza Mezey (TRADITIONAL)

TubeExpression, Uploaded on Jul 15, 2010

Example #1: tigrinya guayla

BandB09. Uploaded on Oct 28, 2009

new release, hot tigrinya song. Learn to dance the right way from this video. Check it out.

Example #2: Eritrea 2012: New Hot song, guayla

Erinews,Published on Jul 1, 2012
By "Segud" Zeresenay Grmay

A post of a contemporary Guayla song in which the vocalists sing in English will be published ASAP. That post will include that video and my transcription of that song.

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 uploaders of these videos.

Also, thank you for visiting pancocojams.

Viewer comments are welcome.

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