Monthly Archives: September 2016

“Iyasee”: A Traditional Oromo song from Nekemte

Today’s post marks a new series on cultural music from Oromia, the largest region in Ethiopia. After a 5am start, 3 buses, and an entire day of journeying, I made my way northeast from Gambela to Nekemte, stopping in Metu … Continue reading

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Okwori Ojulu – Obeero and Agwaa-ga composer

For our final post in this particular series on Anywaa music, we’re featuring Okwori Ojulu Oman, who composed several of the obeero and agwaa-ga in the Anywaa Christian songbook and has still hundreds more. Ojho and I paid him a … Continue reading

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መልካም አዲስ ዓመት (Melkam Addis Amet)!

September 11 marked the Ethiopian New Year (called እንቁጣጣሽ, inqutatash). As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, the Ethiopian calendar runs about 7-8 years behind the Gregorian calendar, with the first day of the new year falling on September 11 or 12. Inqutatash occurs … Continue reading

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Ethiopia’s Protests – What’s going on?

We’re going to take a brief break from our (ir)regularly scheduled programming on this summer’s research to talk about some serious issues happening in Ethiopia right now that I would be remiss to ignore. What prompted this post is musician … Continue reading

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