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Sela Beyligne
by Bahru Kegne
An azmari (literally "one who praises" in Amharic) is an Ethiopian singer-musician, comparable to the European bard or the West African griot. Azmari, who may be either male or female, are skilled at singing extemporized verses, accompanying themselves on either a masenqo (one-stringed fiddle) or krar (lyre). Azmari often perform in drinking establishments called tejbeit, which specialize in the serving of tej (mead). The Azamri introduced the popular Tizita ballad form.

Bahru Kegne (1929-2000) was a legendary azmari. During his life he even performed as the private court-player under Haile Selassie. During the military communist years (1974-1991), Kegne's music was considered the ‘free newspaper’. He recorded some amazing ‘modern’ cassettes in the last years of his life. According to Dutch fans Terry 'Ex' Hessels and Emma Fischer, who re-released songs from these cassettes on their label Terp Records, it's "deep, hypnotic, trance-like music, unlike anything published before."

According to a comment at YouTube, Sela Beyligne is a love song. It also works well as #SundaySoother.

The album "In memory of Bahru Kegne (1929-2000), Ethiopia’s greatest azmari. The cassette years 1988-1996" from 2013 is still available: http://www.terprecords.nl
2013 - Terp Records - Ethiopia
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