Music

Under this title, all sorts of recorded Blin songs and music are presented. Some of the traditional and modern Blin singers and musicians are also introduced. Traditional Blin songs and dances include poetic performances called chefera (or hlay), wesomia, sissiit, golya-welila, and the occasional celebratory performances like älelewo-welelewo (during wedding), and berij (adult male's sword performance). Almost all of them are accompanied by the drum, kelembura, the playing of which is a female role in Blin society. Since the 1950s, sissiit is also accompanied by a harmonica, famfam, also called mandika (etc). While this is still the order of the day in the rural areas, the younger generations artists have been transforming the traditional performances and music, nowadays also using musical instruments like guitar, organ and kirar to accompany their songs. These were all folk dances not available to the market before the independence in 1991. However, since 2000's, many Blin artists, both in Eritrea and abroad, have been producing cassettes, CDs and DVDs for an un-satiated market with collaborative prices both in Eritrea and abroad.

It was during the mid-1960s that Blin dance songs, accompanied by the drum, started to be recorded for the first time. One of such songs is called wenajelderi, which means,you (girl) who is swaying in dance . This sissit dance song was sang by a folk dance group, representing the Blin people at the annual music festival at Addis Ababa, during the Ethiopian occupation time. The song leader of the group was one of the popular Blin singers of that time, called Amleset Ogbamariam (Mss.). Another poetic song of chefera, accompanied by the drum, by the popular chefera singer, Mr. Abrehe Ammar, was recorded for the first time in 1974. After that time, Blin singers like Mss. Mehret Zerehannes, Mss. Hajjayit Mindal and others joined the revolution, and their revolution inspired Blin songs, which were accompanied by modern instruments was recorded for the first time around 1977-78. The Blin Language Forum needs the cooperation of all people, and especially, Blin singers and musicians on collecting and providing this website with both old and new recorded Blin songs and music, so that it can be preserved and provided to the public online.

 

BLIN SINGERS AND MUSICIANS

 

 

 

Dafla Itman 1915-1997

Poems-Ynaderi Fitret: 1   2   3

 

 

 

Amleset Uqbamariam

Song-Wenajelderi-1964

 

 

 

 

Abrehe Ammar

Chefera-lxa sabur kebtela-1974

 

 

 

Mehret Zerehans(1977)

Blin Sisiit, Golia & Wosomia

 

 

 

Mehret Zerehans(1978-79)

Selam Akhro Kumodai

 

 

 

Hajayit Mindal

 

 

 

Mehret Zerehans

Bukwana Asteruxw

 

 

 

 

Habtat Zerezghi

lilora

 

 

 

 

Mohamed Affa

Wo blina keren Jirafiori

 

 

 

Alamin Hasebela

Entigra Eritrea

 

 

 

 

Melekin Atombes

Gewraxr kesherdaxr

 

 

 

 

Fatna Ibrahim

Chmbwitxun

 

 

 

 

Yonas Menghistu

Menderina greri

 

 

 

Elias Mesmer

Gset kabr shakhreri

 

 

 

Solomon Yohannes

Shugtamitaxw

 

 

 

Medhanie Habtu

Hnbginxa hnbeli

 

 

Melake Tewolde

Shixaruld shixardi milmli

 

 

Andom Tekie

Alelewo wolelewo

 

 

 

The two Sisters Yirgalem &

SaraTeklesenbet

Wesomia

 

 

Yirgealem Teclesenbet

Kelebrile wo yma

 

 

Sara Teclesenbet

Sefelal

 

 

 

Naseh Habtom

Lishka

 

 

Temano W. Hizbay

Sherifa

 

 

Kidane Tesfu

Lula tamitreri