Or browse results titled :. As a young man in Washington D. They used to have a world music program, and it was very interesting. Due to WPFW, I was indoctrinated into an organic mode: sustainable, small, community centers and the like. I was never attracted to large things. While they were passionate about Ethiopian music, Aklilu, Temesgen and Shiota were entering adulthood between Washington, D. Aklilu was a soccer player, and he hung around with kids hailing from countries across South America and the Caribbean. I was mesmerized. Around , Shiota purchased a four-track, and the three spent the next six months recording at home. The results were a perfect representation of their cultural connectivity.
Ethiopian music is a term that can mean any music of Ethiopian origin, however, often it is applied to a genre, a distinct modal system that is pentatonic , with characteristically long intervals between some notes. The music of the Ethiopian Highlands uses a fundamental modal system called qenet , of which there are four main modes: tezeta , bati , ambassel , and anchihoy. Music in the Ethiopian highlands is generally monophonic or heterophonic. Dorze polyphonic singing edho may employ up to five parts; Majangir , four parts. In the highlands, traditional string instruments include the masenqo also known as masinko , a one-string bowed lute ; the krar also known as kirar , a six-string lyre ; and the begena , a large ten-string lyre. The washint is a bamboo flute that is common in the highlands. It has 6 holes. In the Ethiopian Orthodox Church , liturgical music employs the senasel , a sistrum. They are made from stone slabs or pieces of wood. The kebero is a large hand drum used in the Orthodox Christian liturgy.
Formal practice of music in Ethiopia is believed to be one of the oldest in Africa — in an interview with Afropop. And just as the history of Ethiopian music is extensive, its modern day adaptations are wide ranging and defies being siphoned into a single category. Ejigayehu Shibabaw, better known as Gigi , is a boundlessly talented vocalist. Her music, considered revolutionary in breaking away from contemporary Ethiopian music norms, is in-between soul stirring ode and meditative ambience. Gaining recognition at the international level in for her self-entitled studio album , Gigi quickly became a household name in Ethiopia. Songs on this album prevalently remain anthems of modern Ethiopian music to this day. Ethiopians and music lovers everywhere adore her refreshing twist the classics.