Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Music: Four Major Instruments Used in Ethiopia

Washint, Ethiopian Flute

Käbäro, Ethiopian Drum

Kirar, Five/Six-String Lyre

Masïnqo, One-String Violin

There are four faculties of music:
1. Digguwa. Yaréd’s collection of hymns for the fast of Lent.
2. Zimmaré. Hymns sung after Mass and Mäwasït are prayers for the dead.
3. Qiddassé. Includes Si’atat.
4. Sälamta. songs of praise and homage.

(Ayele Bekerie p.126-127)