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Ethiopian music has a millennium-long oral history. The struggles and sorrows of the country’s rich past are conveyed via microtonal scales and stripped-down songs. Ethiopian popular music has evolved over time, losing the harsher aspects of traditional songs but remaining popular in the hearts of common Ethiopians. The Ethiopian highlands, which gave birth to the country’s renowned oral-literary culture and are the birthplace of the country’s music. Traditional music is primarily performed by azmaris, or nomadic musicians who are well-liked in their villages. As this musical style spread across the country, it appropriated parts of local cultures, customs, and faiths. These practices were recognized by ancient Christians in the Yared region, who supplemented them with biblical stories. In the northeastern lowlands, a Muslim musical genre known as manzuma developed. Manzuma was first performed in Amharic, but it later traveled to Harar and Jimma, where it is now sung in Oromo. The trips listed below are only a sampling of what is available. Use these itineraries as a jumping-off point or source of inspiration. Then contact us and let our team of specialists assist you in developing the best timetable for you. Music remained in this stage until the advent of industry and the gradual but steady spread of western influence in the form of colonization, constructing the foundation for history, culture, and news, albeit in a semi-static state. Strange sources, on the other hand, inspired music in the early 1900s in the United States. In 1924, Halie Selassie was inspired by an Armenian brass band performing in Jerusalem to purchase a variety of western instruments, which he first introduced to the Ethiopian Orchestra. During the end of World War II, large orchestras accompanied concerts; the most well-known orchestras were the Army Band, Police Band, and Imperial Bodyguard Band. The country’s popular music evolved from the 1950s to the 1970s, including several western classics and culminated in the formation of the Ethio-Jazz genre. At the time, renowned musicians included Mahmoud Ahmed, Alemayehu Eshete, and Tilahun Gessesse. There was a modest but tenacious folk resurgence during the late 1960s Ethio-Jazz burst, which is still going strong today.

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