The National Conference on Eritrean Music and Dance, which was opened by President Isaias Afwerki on October 20, concluded yesterday adopting resolutions and recommendations.
Asmara, 22 October 2010 – The National Conference on Eritrean Music and Dance, which was opened by President Isaias Afwerki on October 20, concluded yesterday adopting resolutions and recommendations.
In the course of the two-day conference which is the first of its kind, the participants conducted in-depth discussion on the presented study papers and adopted a number of resolutions and recommendations. These include the need for folk dances and music to be rooted in effective study and organizational capacity as they constitute the foundation of national music development, enhancing training courses in all fields of music and dance, adopting foreign dance in a manner that does not undermine native folk-dances, widely introducing the spirit of team work, coordination and complementarity through ensuring organizational capacity in all spheres of music and dance, as well as ensuring equitable progress of music and dance in all the administrative regions, among others.
Moreover, the participants of the conference assessed the positive and negative aspects of the nation’s music and dance in which they adopted several resolutions highlighting the need to redouble efforts so as to meet international standard in this regard, undertaking proper research study towards upgrading the skill of Eritrean musicians and creating conducive ground for setting up privately-run music bands.
They further stressed the need for taking practical measures along with close supervision so as to bring about dramatic change in the development of the nation’s music and dance. To this end, the participants of the conference called on the Eritrean Musicians Association to make significant contribution in all domains of arts.
A number of study papers were presented in the conference focusing on singing and musical system, vocal coordination, audience views regarding music, the media and music, ethics of artists, song lyrics, as well as quality artistic work vis-à-vis commercial arts.