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The praise singer in the mountain

Wednesday 27th of January 2016 06:06:06 PM  |  Ethiopia Observer Travel

Maré is a singing Azmari (wandering minstrel, or praise-singer to be precise). He lives in Abergina, one of the rare villages high in the Semien Mountains of Ethiopia. He, like many of the farmers in the region, has to scrape a living from his steep and sometimes unfertile patches. He raises his five children cultivating barely in this hostile and eroded terrains. To supplement his income, he trudges along quite creeks and hollows in search appreciative audiences, carrying his masenko (si…

                   


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