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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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“Denaboo” – Original Oromo song by Belfaa

Today’s post features an original song by Belfaa Mosisa, one of the singers and composers at Nekemte’s Cultural and Tourism Bureau. Belfaa is originally from Adugna, a town in West Wellega.  He learned Oromo cultural music quite naturally as he … Continue reading

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“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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