Objects of my affection

December 12, 2008 at 11:43 am 7 comments

Never realized how Ethiopians abroad don’t really get a chance to watch the various Ethiopian songs coming up (atleast the ‘netela zemas’ which are the best kind of ‘zemas’) to judge how far the music has come from those bitter “Aregahegn Worash” days, until Chuni confessed to watching Ehsan Abduselam’s “Harrariya” the whole day.

Herebelow, you’ll find my Top 3 ‘netela zemas’ of late (in no particular order) and three more I happen to like for various reasons. Make sure you watched them more than once, may take time to sink but hardly leave after they do. For those of you in Addis, I’ve posted the address to the youtube link on top of each video incase wordpress failed to show it as wordpress has been doing for some time now.

(A Kunama song by Birhane Haile)
(Dirib Zenebe with ‘YematBella Woff’)

(Everybody’s sweetheart, Helen Berhe with ‘Ewzaza Hallena’)

(Nanaawe by Kemer Yusuf)

Without Andualem Teka, I doubt “Cheber Chacha” would’ve rocked.

(Lijinete by Mezmur Yohannes for the homesick)

Couldn’t find Mohammed Awel’s “YeTembi”, another favorite song of mine. Get hold of it if you can. You’d see more than you bargained for into the lives of the hard working YeTembi Gurages.

Well, enjoy and nice weekend!

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  • 1. sistu  |  December 12, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    I don’t think words are good enough to say thank you here so I’ll skip that. Anchin ayasatan, seriously.

    the 1st song — I was verrrrry surprised when i opened it coz it is a big favorite of mine but I couldn’t get anyone else to like it. I hadn’t watched the video so I thought it was Welayta-like. I guess its Kunama. Is the guy’s name somebody haile or something? Its a shame that I know my British accent from American but can’t tell which region a language is from by listening to a song.

    the 2nd one — very nice too, but I wonder if the vid makes it more interesting than the original. But we should still have a moratorium on male dreadlocks. I think we have reached the tara on our quota. yeah, Abesheet, i know the same can be said about female ‘freeze’. i am working on it..

    the 3rd one — uuuu, i love her so much. more for her looks, tafezegn neber on one of her other songs (‘yene fikir’?). but endew tegebi new to be looking him up and down like that? Gash Berhe aykotum??

    the 4th one — Entertaining coz most Oromigna songs naturally are, but I think I see a Kemer bias in this selection. the way he looks at her makes me think of a certain word for him. Starts with ‘k’. Ends with ‘m’. (holding out my hands for ur forgiveness.)

    5th one — love the song but not so much the vid coz i didn’t enjoy my kes timirt bet. but makes me cry for my lijnet. MTS!!

    6th one — was prepared not to like it, but I did. from the first time i heard it, it was nice to listen to.

    i also like Tsehaye’s welayta song. General weakness for welayta.

  • 2. abesheet  |  December 12, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    This actually was a shamless “manipulation” on my side, sistu, glad you liked it though. I couldn’t think of anything to post that would keep you guys around for the weekend. Seeing Dr. Ethiopia dish 5 posts a day (on Injera, nontheless) didn’t help. So.. i thought.. why not rack up youtube and come up with something interesting?!

    Haile’s song, Oh my god, i’ve been looking for it’s video for months ever since I saw it on ETV. It was only about a week ago, when i was talking about how much i loved it (the unpreachiness of it, it’s faithfulness, the girl dancing between the ‘shenkora’ reminding me .. oh.. so many things), the guy drinking “tiqur bunna” next to me chuckled and said “Kunamawin new ende yemityiw”? How was I supposed to know it was Kunamigna, and that it was a language spoken mostly by Eritreans or those Tigray-born Ethiopians living around the border.

    Anywho i searched it with “Kunama” and found it. I’m almost done with labelling it (wordpress doesn’t show videos on our server these days). Hope it would keep you company until the girls came around.

    Bene Bekul.. *hugs and kisses*

  • 3. sistu  |  December 12, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Abesheet, loving the _____ (something, can’t think of a word for it) with the # of posts by Ethiopia. But you know you got me here wededshim telashim (even if i don’t comment, i’m here. no chance of you disposing of me… will not leave my tej bet for a buna bet… besides, u know buna bets are only busier coz of a special class of people who are there that t-bets dont have, right?? yes, thats right.)

    By the way, in the spirit of full disclosure, I was over at BluBlack’s pledging my commitment there and vowing to disown you if she decides to start dishing out a post/a day. In case you find out, kene bitsemeew yishalal biye new. I was thinking earlier wouldn’t it be great if you were around on weekends? I know thats not possible, but i would think thats 1 sure way of increasing gir-girl arnd here… and the songs, its like you described it, the feelings. I always liked kunama songs for much the same reason but always associated them with the yegir-ashen-kitab that accompanies the music. I really should have known it… and btw, i think birhane haile is the guy that comes on after a certain time. I think the kunama guy is another haile. can’t remember his name full name tho.

    have a nice weekend

  • 4. Girum  |  December 12, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Abby, Thanx a lot!!! u’r too sweet….those are cool choices.
    My @first feelings:
    #1 – #3 = ‘Ewzaza Hallena’…whulalala, Dammmn, style+ voice+ body…., love the girl. Think am gonna have Hellena friday this evening. I only know the audio before. Abby thnxx a million.
    #4.The kunama play, very coooool. reminds me as if am watching ETV near the ‘Tseletselegn’ programme transition…with the ‘Axum’ shot from down up. Maaan, that was ‘leka’ AWESOME!!!
    #5. The ‘wello’ guy always Rocks!!!
    #6.Kemer, the dude is one of the legacies of the previous
    #7. Keberchacha, Yeah Andualem Lema is the spice @ there, with his graceful sound. But for me, Alemayehu Eshete is also nice. With this regard, I love one song of a similar style more, U can find it

    Wish the house a nice weekend. Abby, a special one for you!!

  • 5. daniel  |  December 13, 2008 at 4:06 am

    Except for the oromigna vid , ,i enjoyed listening to the rest.Actually i came across the song of Helen Berhe on youtube before and i must add she also looks ‘not bad’ 🙂


  • 6. Sawel  |  December 14, 2008 at 4:06 am

    The like the old version of ‘ende birabiro’ !

  • 7. Sawel  |  December 14, 2008 at 4:06 am

    sorry I wanted to say ‘I like’ on # 6. enjoy!

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