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Ethiopian music has a millennia-long tradition of oral tradition. The country’s rich history’s difficulties and sorrows are represented via microtonal scales and stripped-down tunes. Ethiopian popular music has changed through time, shedding the harsher characteristics of traditional songs but yet keeping a large place in the hearts of ordinary Ethiopians. The Ethiopian highlands, which generated the country’s great oral-literary tradition and are home to the country’s music. Azmaris, or itinerant musicians who are well-liked in their communities, are the major performers of traditional music. As this style of music spread across the country, it stole elements of local cultures, customs, and faiths.
Ancient Christians in the Yared region accepted these customs, supplementing them with biblical stories. A Muslim musical genre known as manzuma evolved in the northeastern lowlands. Manzuma was first performed in Amharic, but it later made its way to Harar and Jimma, where it is currently performed in Oromo. The trips offered here are just a taste of what’s available. Use these itineraries as a starting point or for inspiration. Then get in contact with us and let our team of experts assist you in creating the ideal schedule for you. Until the emergence of industry and the gradual but steady spread of western influence in the form of colonization, music remained in this stage, building the framework for history, culture, and news, albeit in a semi-static state. Strange sources, on the other hand, inspired music in the United States in the early 1900s. In 1924, an Armenian brass band performing in Jerusalem inspired Halie Selassie to purchase a variety of western instruments, which he initially introduced to the Ethiopian Orchestra. Large orchestras accompanied concerts during the close of World War II; the Army Band, Police Band, and Imperial Bodyguard Band were the most well-known orchestras. From the 1950s to the 1970s, the country’s popular music evolved, integrating various western classics and culminating in the establishment of the Ethio-Jazz genre. Mahmoud Ahmed, Alemayehu Eshete, and Tilahun Gessesse were all famous musicians at the period. During the late 1960s Ethio-Jazz explosion, there was a small but tenacious folk rebirth, which is still going strong now.

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