Tsehaytu Beraki - Selam
I found Tsehaytu by coincidence in Rotterdam, Holland, discouraged and not playing much anymore. I build her a new krar and after some practice
sessions, we decided to record the CD together. There isn¹t really much Eritrean music recorded, from those days.
The songs are as authentic as possible, Tsehaytu playing all the
instruments; the krar, kobero and bass-krar. To western ears it is largely
These strange, beautiful rhythms and these moving, almost blues-like
ballads. The 17 songs are from different periods of Tshehaytu¹s life. From
the very first successes till brand new material, commenting on the latest.
With many people involved, we worked for four years on the project, out of
respect and love for Tsehaytu's music and person. She deserves to be well
documented and remain remembered as a great musician.
The double CD, with more than two and a half hours of music, also includes a
book with an incredible interview about her life, culture and history. It
also contains many old photos and the lyrics.
I wanted to make this wonderful music available to the western music lovers,
but of course I realize it is the heritage of Eritrean culture and I know
how important Tsehaytu was for the Eritrean people, both young and old.
Beraki - Terp AS - 07/08
cat.no.: TERP AS-07/08
total playing time: 2h.34m
format: Double-CD with 88-page book with history, interview, lyrics and
photos: All in English and Tigrinya.
Recorded between February 2000 and November 2003 in Holland at the
Koeienverhuur Studio in Purmerland by Dolf Planteydt.
€23.50 (incl. shipping + tax)
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