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Tseyatu Beraki - Selam 2CD 21411
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Tseyatu Beraki - Selam 2CD 21411
"Tsehaytu Beraki 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. In the 1970-ies she was discovered by producer Tewelde Redda, who took her to Addis Abeba, to record for Philips some 7" singles. She also appeared on television all over Ethiopia and Eritrea. She was a very big star. But the political situation got more and more intense. Eritrea was fighting for independence, and Tsehaytu got involved in the struggle. Her songs moved from love songs to more political statements and comments. She was actually playing and singing at the front, for eight years. Heavy days. One time her concert was bombed, seven people died and Tsehaytu was badly injured. After her faction, the ELF, was pushed into the Sudan by the rivaling EPLF, she didn't give up and went back to the villages, to sing and support the women and children. (...) 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."
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