There is this song that celebrates a ‘joyous love’ and it is very commonly sang in weddings, so much so, that I can dare to say it has become some sort of taboo for the marrying couple to slice the cake prior to a dance, to this song. The song is called ‘Saba Sabina’ and it belongs to a legend in the Eritrean music: Engineer Asgedom Weldemichael. He is also the very legend behind magical sounds of his guitar’s strings, which we all know of! His legend goes back to the 1970’s; time of history when national chronicle was being made into celestial melodies, so mighty and so heavenly, that have withstood the winds of time while preserving their magnificence up to present day. It is my greatest honor to share with you the Q&A I had with Engineer Asgedom.
Festivals are events that bring a society into one field. It is a time enjoyed by all the people from all walks of life. As it is a National Festival season for Eritrea, the grounds of the Expo has witnessed immense excitement and bond between the people in the past week. The numerously visited sites by the partakers of the festival are the cultural pavilions which were opened to introduce cultures with their people. On today’s Q&A we give you few of the people who crossed many areas to be part of the festival and outshine the glorious event.
Today we give stage to a young, ambitious girl, who has dreams for poetry. Lidya Yemane is a teenage lady who is passionate about poetry who instigates others to her way of life. Q&A presents to you the rhymes of this young lady.
Ambessa Jir Berhe is a writer and director to independent films, he is also an assistant professor at the Howard University in Washington DC.
He was here in Asmara for the past couple of months conducting a workshop to Eritrean film artists on what he refers to as ‘cinematic language’. On the occasion of the ending ceremony, the partakers presented four stunning short films using the ingredients imparted during the workshop.
Ambessa Jir Berhe does not speak much, but he spoke with me, so don’t let this one slip off!
Here follows my conversation with the very amazing writer and director, Ambessa Jir Berhe.
Football is becoming a culture highly practicing and enjoying in our world. It is not only the players but the vast spectators eagerly wait and appreciate the 90 minute scene of the amazing skills and abilities of individual players and teams. The Eritrean Federation and Commission of Sport in connection with FIFA is making its arrangements to build football from scratch. Today, I present you a French national, FIFA consultant and the assistant to the Eritrean National Football Federation (ENFF), Mr. Yvon Avry.
Issayas Tesfamariam is an Eritrean residing in the US and amongst the many interesting activities that he does, he has a blog, kemey.blogspot.com, which happens to have attracted countless of readers, who are fond and interested in traits particular to Eritrea. His quality writings send back their roots back in time. He highly believes that long standing ancient documents of the past should not neglected, but, “de-shelved” as he says in his own coined word. On today’s Q&A I give you Issayas Tesfamariam.
This past three days of the International Conference on Eritrean Studies, have been some greatly noteworthy and brain storming for scholars, academics, professors, researchers and student both from Eritrea and abroad. Here are some of the participants on today’s ICES Special Q&A.