In this article, which was first published on ELEM Magazine in August , the writer has made an attempt to address the invaluable contribution musicians of the s made to the development of Eritrean music. The development of music in Eritrea has its own historical and traditional roots that date back thousands of years with churches and mosques teaching students hymns and chants in choirs from an early age. But one of the most innovative periods in the development of modern Eritrean music took place in the early 60s with the formation of Mahber Theater Asmara Asmara Theatre Association , famously known as MaTeA.
Playlist Of Eritrean Music
The music of the State of Eritrea is a diverse mix of traditional and popular styles originating from ancient to modern times. The nine major ethnic groups of Eritrea—Afar, Bilen, Hedareb, Kunama, Nara, Rashaida, Saho, Tigre and Tigrinya—celebrate autonomous music-making expressed through a rich heritage of vocalists, instrumentalists and activities within the country and throughout the international diaspora. Yemane Baria wrote one political song, and he was in jail. Folk musicians used traditional instruments include the stringed kraar , kebero , lyre. Tesfuy Mehari Fihira and Wedi Sheik were notable folk musicians. Since then, some musicians, like kraar-player Dawit Shilan, Yohannes Tikabo also known as Wedi Tukabo , Dehab Faytinga commonly known as Faytinga ,  the Asmara All Stars and Temesgen Gebreselassie also known as Taniqo have helped to incorporate the core indigenous Eritrean musical elements in popular music. 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. During this time, they shuffle their feet to the beat of the music and bob their shoulders in a rhythmic fashion.
Music has always played a pivotal role in Eritrea. It mobilised people during the year war of independence from Ethiopia, and after peace was finally won in it formed the soundtrack to a new nation emerging from decades of conflict. Since independence was declared in , the repertoire has expanded. Eritrea has a long, rich history of folk and ritual music. A Folkways compilation on Ethiopia, but also taking in Sudan and Eritrea, is a great place to start, as is a later compilation dedicated to religious music of the region. Centred around the famed Asmara Theatre Association, known as MaTA, the music scene boomed with the arrival of Kagnew Station , a US army radio installation in the capital Asmara which broadcast American music to the public. The sounds of s western pop had a profound effect, and from that time on stars such as the beloved Bereket Mengisteab helped cement Eritrea as a musical force in the region.
I n this unique World Premiere, East and West collide in an evening-length fusion of New York jazz and Japanese traditional culture, Eri Yamamoto has created an unique choral experience - Goshu Ondo Suite — which reimagines a centuries-old, revered Japanese tradition through the lenses of both jazz and choral music. As the charismatic voices of Choral Chameleon sing and perform the dance with the driving force of Eri Yamamoto Trio, the audience will participate and enter the flow with everyone, to create an evening of musical life no one will ever forget. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Pianist Eri Yamamoto jump-started her career in this slot, and now that her talents are being sought after far beyond the West Village, this is the place to hear all the new ideas brewing in an already compositionally agile mind. And, in the best jazz tradition, her trio remains stable enough to grow with her. Also included are descriptions of almost all of the songs; information about her recordings; and many pictures of her and her fellow musicians, both in the recording studio and in live performance.