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Celebrating the PAFD Allies | Benishangul’s Cultural Song Played with Waza (Flute-Based National Musical Instrument of the Berta People)

Posted: Onkoloolessa/October 28, 2015 · Finfinne Tribune | Gadaa.com | Comments

Benishangul is home to several nations, nationalities and peoples: such as the Berta, the Gumuz, the Shinasha, the Oromo, the Agaw-Awi and others. Benishangul is home to almost a million people with their own rich cultural heritages as well as histories; however, since its forceful incorporation into the Ethiopian empire in the late 19th-century, Benishangul has been relegated into the fringe of power – with its cultures and histories excluded from the Emiye Ethiopia,” that has continued to celebrate the hegemony of one minority ethno-national group over the majority, despite the revolutions of 1974 and 1991 to create an all-inclusive Ethiopia.

Below is given music played using the Waza; Waza is a flute-based national musical instrument of the Berta people in Benishangul. Though in its uniqueness, Waza has a significance that is as equal to the Begena or other “nationally recognized” musical instruments of Emiye Ethiopia,” due to decades of negligence and repression by the Ethiopian government, Waza is on the verge of being a relic in a museum (this also metaphorically resembles how the nations, nationalities and peoples, now allied under the umbrella of the Peoples’ Alliance for Freedom and Democracy/PAFD to struggle for national freedom through the right to self-determination and just political order in Ethiopia, have been driven out of the epicenter of power through decades of repression and dispossession by the axis of the hegemonic groups which have successively ruled the “Emiye” Ethiopian empire since its inception in the late 19th century.)


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