እዮሃ!

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ስሜቴ ኩልል — እንደ ኩሬ ውሃ
ተንሳፈፈ — እንደ ምሽቷ ሙሉ ጨረቃ
በልቤ ውስጥ ሆነ እዮሃ
እንደ ቀንድ አውጣ ቅርፊት — እንደ ባሕር ዶቃ
ማራኪ ውበት — ሰጪ ፍሰሐ

ልዩ ቀለማት — ልዩ ብርሃናት
በአዕምሮዬ ውስጥ
መሰከረም ጠባ — ዘመሩ አዕዋፋት
አቤት ድምቀቱ — የሰማዩ ፈርጥ
ካድማስ ባሻገር — ተሰማኝ ሆታ
አሸበሸቡ — የዱር አራዊት
በየከተማው በየገጠሩ — የዕንቁ ዕልልታ
እይዋት ስታምር — እማ ቶጵያዊት

የናፍቆት አየር — እየቀዘፍኩኝ
ከአውሮፕላኑ — ባስ ውስጥ ገብቼ
በሕልሜ አጋሮ — ውዬ አደርኩኝ
በደስታም ጦዝኩ — ከዘመዶቼ

እዮሃ አበባዬ
ክረምት በረገገ
መስከረም ጠባዬ
ፍጥረቱ ፈገገ

ብሩሕ ተስፋ — አዲስ ራዕይ
ወጣች ፀሐይ — ፈካች አደይ

Goodness, all of them my favorite Ethiopian female artists—pearls of Ethiopian theatre arts and music—celebrating the Ethiopian New Year, singing the songs that made them popular! 😀 Artists never age! 🙂 I want a piece of that huge Defo Dabo—a wheat, corn, or barley bread, somewhat similar to Cornbread in the US, mostly baked for holidays and special occasions such as Birthdays! 😛

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4 thoughts on “እዮሃ!

  1. What a joyous celebration of LIFE …. !!!! I love listening to the language. It is so melodic. The music is festive and energetic. The singing is lyrical. The woman are so beautiful. The Defo Dabo is HUGE …!!!! Do your eat something with it ??? or is it merely a ceremonial bread ???
    I watched the video twice. I found it brought a smile to my face seeing everyone enjoying themselves.
    Thanks for posting this very interesting and informative ceremony. I love to see how other cultures are.

    Very nice,
    Isadora

    1. Am glad that made you happy! 🙂 To give you a general overview, here is what is happening in the vid: as part of the new year celebration, the program is put together to pay tribute to the elderly woman, Nigatwa Kelkay who is interviewed first and who later on gives blessings. She is a famous artist in Ethiopia, famous in particular for her classic song known as “Sewnetwa” … meaning “her body, mind, and spirit.” HER referring to the feminine mystique; the song, in its literal sense, celebrates the beauty of the female body, starting from her hair down to her feet, but metaphorically elevates the nature of being a woman to a higher level. Nigatwa is a trailblazer, one of the earliest women artists of the country; she succeeded at a time when popular music was frowned upon, not taken serious, and especially when women were discouraged from exposing themselves in public since that was considered indecent—for example, female roles in theaters were played by men who put on make ups, dressed up and talked like women—now this is just a history, thanks to rebel women like her and the men who supported them. 🙂

      That song has been replayed, reproduced by several singers, both young and old. Here are two samples, my favorite, re-titled “Lijinetwa” … more or less meaning “her innocent, her child-like, playful nature” … (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFyhwzRkiMI) 🙂 … and here is another with the same title “sewnetwa” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg63c8_-HEI).

      The rest of the women are theatrical actresses and singers, also very well liked and successful in their own ways—as actresses the roles they usually take are so hilarious, as you can see they are very energetic women, I love them all; though from the older generation, they still actively perform in the national theaters and in films. The song they sing as they come in is a popular folkloric song which girls sing early new year’s morning, going house to house, offering yellow daises (Adey); in return they get blessings as well as Defo Dabo. 🙂 Nowadays, they are also given money. … “Ho bilen metan ho bilen, Abebayehosh Lemlem,” more or less translated as => Here we come, singing in unison, to announce the new year, here are fresh flowers, blossoms … 😀

      Abeba means flower. Our capital city is Addis Abeba, meaning, New Flower. Addis means new. 🙂 More vocabs for ya today … lol

      The dabo is both ceremonial and meant to be eaten! lol You can pretty much eat it with anything … I usually like to eat it with Tea! 🙂

  2. Thank you so much. This is an incredible description of this wonderful celebration. I can understand her being revered for her progressive and her broadminded thinking. She was far ahead of her times. A wonderful way to celebrate her.

    I am starting to have quite a list of words to refer to. I have not as of yet been able to remember them without referring to my notes. It has been fun knowing them and their meanings. I am coming back to read this again. I am so fascinated by it.

    This is all very addis to me. LOLOL …!!!

    Addis Abeba,
    Isadora

  3. You are welcome Isadora! 🙂 … I consider it my duty to introduce the culture I grew up in. It makes me glad to see that you are passionate about it and want to know more. 🙂 …

    Now, the juicy part for me in that video IS LOL …. after all of them sing their signature songs, the journalist asks, “so when you guys were younger artists, which one of you was considered the most Konjo (beautiful)?” And they all go, “Ene Ene Ene … (Me, me, me) …” 😆 And one of them goes, “Of course, I was the most beautiful one, no doubt!!!!!!” …. absolute confidence, right there, I love it!!! It is hilarious seeing them that way. They are like those little, cute girls … It brightens my day. 😀 That is what I call YOUNG AT HEART! 🙂

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