SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

The Passion & Tranquillity of Ethiopian Amharic Song

Haymanot Tesfa
HAYMANOT TESFA

Date: 26 January 2018Time: 7:30 PM

Finishes: 26 January 2018Time: 9:15 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Concert

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The music of the Ethiopian highlands uses a unique pentatonic modal system called qenet, of which there are four main modes: tezeta, bati, ambassel, and anchihoy. Many songs take the name of their associated qenet, such as 'Tezeta', a famous song of reminiscence and nostalgia. Amharic singer and krar (a traditional Ethiopian lyre) player Haymanot Tesfa was born and raised in Ethiopia and now lives in the UK. Accompanied by various instruments, she seeks inspiration from the secular and religious music of her Ethiopian roots, while remaining fiercely experimental. In this concert, Haymanot will be performing vibrant new renditions of iconic Ethiopian songs such as 'Tezeta' and 'Ambassel', as well as several of her own compositions.