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Five Video Clips from Ethiopia

Internet connection troubles took Addis Abeba based musician Ethiopian Records [1] (E.R.) – yes it's a musician, not a label – several weeks to finish his video selection for Norient. He wrote us: «Here are a few videos and music that I like. It was not easy finding videos after 2013 – some are older, much older. I have tried to pick music and video that moves me, I hope you like it and it moves you to.»

Ethiopian Records, Addis Abeba

1.
Artist: uKanDanZ [2]
Track: Sema

Little kids playing air saxophone, listros, shaking shoulders combined with Asnake Guebreyes` beautiful vocals.

2.
Artist: Melaku Belay [3]
Track: Ahun

Melaku Belay is a traditional and experimental dancer and owner of the famous Fendika in Kazanchis in midtown Addis. The video says it all.

3.
Artist: Eyob Mekonnen
Track: Nekchalehu

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Eyob Makonen’s lyrics, voice, his message, make him one of a kind. This song in particular Neckatchelehu, meaning I am awake, is my favorite.

4.
Artist: Alemu Aga
Track: Ere Semagne Haguer

Alemu Aga is a masterful performer of the Begena, a ten-stringed instrument used in religious and spiritual chants, it is also referred to as «King David’s Harp». I feel this instrument gives me a sense of peace and tranquility. This track in particular, «Ere Semagne Haguer» which could be translated as («Listen to Me, my country») is my favorite. Its meaning is not something I can translate in a few lines.

5.
Artist: Ali Bira
Track: Nin deema

This is my favorite video of Ali Bira I use to watch often on TV as a kid and every time I watch it I can’t seem to get tired of it.

… and if you still don’t have enough of Ethiopian music, check these two more videos:

> Asnaketche Worku [4]: «Tizita»
> Zion Rebels [5]: «What we need»