Friday, May 16, 2014

Tsehaytu Beraki - Selam [2004] [eritrea]

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         Tsehaytu Beraki (Sun Of Eritrea) is an absolutely legendary singer from Eritrea. Born in 1939 in Quatit, a small village, she soon picked up the krar (5-string harp) and after moving to the capital Asmara she became a famous singer in bars, to attract men to the local traditional beer houses.

        Her courage and inspiration still mean a lot to all Eritreans. When the situation became too bad, she too had to flee into Sudan and in 1988 she ended up in Rotterdam, Holland.


       "I found Tsehaytu by coincidence in Rotterdam, Holland, discouraged and not playing much anymore. I build her a new krar and after some practice sessions, we decided to record the CD together. There isn't really much Eritrean music recorded, from those days.

    The songs are as authentic as possible, Tsehaytu playing all the instruments; the krarkobero and bass-krar. To western ears it is largely unknown music.

       These strange, beautiful rhythms and these moving, almost blues-like ballads. The 17 songs are from different periods of Tshehaytu¹s life. From the very first successes till brand new material, commenting on the latest. With many people involved, we worked for four years on the project, out of respect and love for Tsehaytu's music and person. She deserves to be well documented and remain remembered as a great musician.

     The double CD, with more than two and a half hours of music, also includes a book with an incredible interview about her life, culture and history. It also contains many old photos and the lyrics.

      I wanted to make this wonderful music available to the western music lovers, but of course I realize it is the heritage of Eritrean culture and I know how important Tsehaytu was for the Eritrean people, both young and old."

Terrie Ex

01.  Tsèhaytu Bèraki  - Atzmtom Keskisom (9:58)
02. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Iley Li Habelmalet (9:29)
03. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Abashawel (7:06)
04. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Hallu (8:34)
05. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Harestai (10:02)
06. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Sport Malet (6:00)
07. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Asmara (12:25)
08. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Freweini (7:14)
09. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Askarbay Gomma (5:18)
10. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Bisenselet Fegri (13:17)
11. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Mejemeria Fegri (4:53)
12. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Simsim (11:02)
13. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Ilkanere Beantebo (11:44)
14. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Lale Bola (5:26)
15. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Kabacha Meflayey (7:53)
16. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Ade (10:42)
17. Tsèhaytu Bèraki - Selam (13:31)


beetor said...

I like this, thank you.

2b0rn0t0b said...

Chris C said...

What a find - this marvelous artist and your blog. I'm looking forward to spending some time here. Thank you very much for sharing this - Chris , Belgium.