Each of Eritrea's nine Nationalities has its own litary
tradition, its music and dance. Eritrea celebrates its rich heritage at all its
major feast and festivals.
Traditional instruments are the kraar – a stringed instrument,
the abangala, a banjo like instrument, the wata, a violin-like instrument; and kebero,
Traditional dance in Eritrea is popular. The Tiginya dancers slowly move in a counter-clockwise
circle, shuffling their feet to the beat of the music and bob their shoulders in a rhythmic fashion.
When Tigre and Bilen women dance the sheleel, they shake their long braids so they swing.
Live performances are regular in the night clubs in the Expo
area. Announcements are made on billboards in Harnet Avenue and around the
central post office.
Every year - starting on the last Saturday in July - a one
week Festival Eritrea is held in the Asmara Expo area, with performances and exhibits that showcase the
unique contribution each Nationality makes to Eritrea's diverse traditions.