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Thread #99389   Message #2239977
Posted By: Azizi
19-Jan-08 - 10:08 AM
Thread Name: African Folk Songs
Subject: RE: African Folk Songs
Here is a link to a YouTube video of an Ethiopian folk song:
Azmari Sings "Sem ena Worq"
"Ethiopian Azmari Song"


Here's the entire wikipedia entry about the meaning of the word "azmari":

"An azmari is an Ethiopian singer-musician, comparable to the European bard. Azmari, which may be either male or female, are skilled at singing extemporized verses, accompanying themselves on either a masenqo (one-stringed fiddle) or krar (lyre). Azmari often perform in drinking establishments called tejbeit, which specialize in the serving of tej (honey mead)."


"Azmari from the Aramaic verb, "to sing" in Ethiopia a wandering entertainer, a minstrel, a voyaging troubadour, one who tells the truth from a different angle, who uses music to convey the collective memory."

Note: This is the website of an American chamber music quartet.
I don't think that this quartet plays Ethiopian music-traditional or otherwise.