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Gondar

Gondar Gonder was the 17th Century capital of Ethi...

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Axum

Axum In its day,  was a great commercial centre,...

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Lalibela

Lalibela A  medieval settlement in the Lasta area of W...

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Debre Damo

Debre Damo Some 76 Kilometers from Axum is the monastery...

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Music & Dance

Image 6 Traditional musical  instruments in widespread use include the massinko, a one-stringed violin  played with a bow; the krar, a six-stringed lyre, played with the fingers or a plectrum; the washint, a simple flute; and three types of drum - the negarit (kettledrum), played with sticks, the kebero, played with  the hands, and the atamo, tapped with the fingers or palm. Other instruments include the begena, a huge, multi-stringed lyre often  referred to as the Harp of David; the tsinatseil, or sistrum, which is used in church music; the meleket, a long trumpet without fingerholes,  and the embilta, a large, simple, one-note flute used on ceremonial occasions.

Though often simply  made, the massinko can, in the hands of an expert musician, produces a  wide variety of melodies. It is often played by wandering minstrels,particularly near eating houses, where the musicians entertain the diners. The rousing  rhythms of the negarit were used in times gone by to accompany important  proclamations, and chiefs on the march would be preceded by as many as 30 men,  each beating a negarit carried on a donkey. The tiny atamo is most  frequently played at weddings and festivals, setting the rhythmic beat of folk  songs and dances.
Modern-style bands have come into existence in recent decades, and there are noted Ethiopian jazz musicians.

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Gondar

Gondar Gonder was the 17th Century capital of Ethiopia, and is notable for its medieval Castles and churches. The City's unique imperial compound contains ...

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Axum

Axum In its day,  was a great commercial centre, issuing its own currency and trading with Egypt, Arabia, Persia, India and even Ceylon. The settlement w...

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Lalibela

Lalibela A  medieval settlement in the Lasta area of Wallo, lies at the centre of an extensive complex of rock churches. Some can be reached by one or two hour...

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Debre Damo

Debre Damo Some 76 Kilometers from Axum is the monastery of Debre Damo ( closed to Women), which is said to have the oldest existing intact church in Ethiopia. L...

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