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ethiopia-flagWhen one thinks of Ethiopia, music doesn’t immediately spring to mind. One associates famines and starving malnourished children because we hear little else of this land locked Africa country on the Horn of Africa.

Truly it is a land that westerners know very little about; and such preconceived images spring to mind.

hunger_ethiopiaBecause that’s the diet the media supply us; that and war.

ERITREAN SOLDIERS BEGIN WITHDRAWL FROM FRONT LINES.

But there is a lot more to Ethiopia.

Development in Addis Ababa, the capital

Development in Addis Ababa, the capital

The mysterious rock-hewn churches of Lalibela

The mysterious rock-hewn churches of Lalibela

Not forgetting that Ethiopia was the home of all our coffee

Not forgetting that Ethiopia was the home of all our coffee

“Ethiopia has been existent as a nation for many centuries so it is one of the oldest and still thriving states dating back from the seventh century A.D. It is an African country rich in heritage, history, and wide varieties of tourist sites.”Tourist Destinations You can read and see a lot more.

Traditional Krar Harp

Traditional Krar Harp

And what of the music?

Ethiopia has the traditional six-stringed Krar Harp.

The music of the krar harp is starting to be heard in the west.

“An Ethiopian three-piece consisting of a singer, percussionist (playing the traditional kebero drum) and Temesgen Taraken, master of the six-stringed krar harp, they’ve burst out of London’s close-knit Ethiopian community and are starting to make waves on the wider scene with a very well received performance at this year’s Womad festival and recording sessions produced by noted UK roots groover and shaker Ben Mandelson, from which Wollo is taken.

They may use ancient instruments, but there’s nothing arcane about the way that they play them.”YouTube

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