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Ochan and his Lyre

Today, we’re featuring songs played on one of the Anywaa traditional musical instruments, a five-string lyre called the thoom. There are actually two types of thoom in Anywaa culture: this lyre and the lamellophone. According to thoom virtuoso, Ochan Omaan, … Continue reading

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A Brief Venture in Music of Guinea-Bissau

Today we’re going to take a brief digression from music in Ethiopia to music of Guinea-Bissau, all the way on the other side of the continent in West Africa. Why the sudden geographic shift, you may ask? Last year, I … Continue reading

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Of Cattle-Keeping and Oromo Heroes: “Wedu Horrii”

Today, we’re featuring another Oromo song, “Wedu Horrii,” recorded in Nekemte last July. This particular rendition is offered by Diriba, a singer with Nekemte’s cultural troupe. Diriba grew up in a rural area, where he was surrounded by music on … Continue reading

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Religious Songs of the Nuer

Today we’re featuring some religious songs from the Nuer, brought to you by Nyanchan Gatkuoth and James Chuol, both attendees at a Nuer church in Addis Ababa around Megenagna. We’ve mentioned the Nuer before: originally from the southern Sudan, the first … Continue reading

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Veteran Oromo Musician, Etana Tolesa

Many apologies, my readers, for the long delay in updating. Rest assured, this web site is not dead. I was caught PhD-related activities and simultaneously having difficulty with embedding audio (which is rather important for a music blog). The audio magically … Continue reading

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