Takoma Park is made up of a mix of students and families with diverse backgrounds. Estube Yitbarek (8th grade World Beat Music) shared a little bit about her culture with me and we thought it would be great to share it with you! Estube’s family is from Ethiopia which has many distinct ethnic groups that have their own unique music, languages, and clothing. She is Amhara which is an ethnic group from the central highlands.
In an email to me about the music of Ethiopia, Estube said “In the united states we use Guitar, Violin, Flute, etc… to make and play music, but in Ethiopia we have our own musical instruments which are called the Krar, Begena, Washint, Kebero, Masiknko, etc. that can be made at home. Ethiopia has a sound of music that is different, and unique from the music that we hear from all over the world. I want people to hear and feel Ethiopian music even though the language is different.”
The following song and video is called “Lebe Nedo” by Temesgen Gebregziaber and tells the story of a young man who is in love with a girl who parents have arranged for her to marry another man. Notice the use of unique rhythms, singing, and the mix of traditional Ethiopian music with more modern sounds.
Check out this video from a bucket drummer from Sydney, Australia who goes by “Gordo.” Lukabed Bati (6th grade general music) sent me another video of this amazing musician that inspired this post. Thanks Lukabed!
And check this one out by Yonannes Gezahegn using pens.
Journal: What did you think? What makes an instrument and instrument?
The Seattle based composer Jherek Bischoff has a unique view of how pop, rock, and classical music come together. Check out his composition “Eyes” featuring the singer David Byrne from the iconic band The Talking Heads.
Learn a little more about Jherek Bischoff and his unique upbringing in the interview below. You think growing up on a tiny sailboat influences the way he looks at life and music?