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Independence Week: Asmara Sparkles with Artists Appealing Performances

Independence Week: Asmara Sparkles with Artists Appealing Performances

By EritreaProfile

Eritrea’s Cosmopolitan Capital City, Asmara, has been sparkling with great artistic performances. South Africa’s cultural troupe had an appealing performance at Bahti Meskerem Square on May 17/2015. And in addition to this, art exhibitions which are very peculiar in their coverage and size of the canvases that were used by a group of painters— the Eagle—also added a special repertoire to the 24th Independence Day commemoration.

And if someone strolled across Liberty and Martyrs’ Avenues here in Asmara, you will have inescapable testimonials to see Eritrean parents care for their children.The children, attracted by the glittering lights, have numerous questions. Independence allows you to have your say and your perspectives freely but responsibly.

And now, the Alliance Françoise Office in Eritrea and the Holiday’s Coordinating Committee have together arranged a special brand to this year Independence Day commemoration: they have invitedHabib Koite, a renowned Malian singer. Habib Koite who was born in 1958 in Thiès, Senegal, has an arrangement to join Eritreans in Cinema Roma at 19:30 tomorrow, again on Saturday, 23rd May/2015. He, Koite will be in front of City Park to resonate with his thunderous, non-operatic, songs to Eritreans. Apparently, Koité was born to musical parents, from whom he learned instrumentation by watching and listening.

And not to deflect from Habib Koite’s archives, he has now returned to Eritrea after 18 years. Assuredly, he is now awarded to take his victorious grail for his appealing music performance. For it is part of being free, Koite has unreserved right to intrigue Eritreans by saying like: ‘adi kemey alo, beal natsinet ke kemey yigebir alo (ዓዲ ከመይ ኣሎ? በዓል ናጽነት’ከ ከመይ ይገብር ኣሎ?

Meanwhile, when Eritrea has waved a new banner on May 24 of 1991, Habib Koite also enables to release one of his bestknown songs, “Cigarette Abana” (No more cigarettes) in that year. And, Eritrea and Koite joined to the easily seem but challenging path starting from that transforming year. Historically, while Eritrea was busily tasked with all-panoptic efforts for holding an internationally supervised referendum for armoring its justified independence in 1992, and by the same token Koite also released a new Latin-style version on his later CD Baro, along with the song “Nanalé.” As underpinning factor for his industrious commitments, therefore, Habib won the Radio France International Discoveries Prize in that year (1992).

Of course, Asmara has also a good opportune for the Bamada band and Habib Koite. Besides assuring a hectic tour schedule abroad, accompanied by his backing band Bamada, this Malian singer has put much of his time and energy into launching innovative African festivals such as Acoustic Africa and Desert Blues. No wonder he appears to have lost all sense of time! But Asmara is relaxed. Its residents are not always on scurry movements; the City is also free of such religious and ethnic debacles. Hence, why Koite wouldn’t have such hours while taking ‘bahlawi bun’ with Asmarinos/Eritreans thereby to enrich his musical arena? Indeed, as he has been well bolded in launching African music into international podiums, Asmara has also vital ingredients which are vital in creating solid foundations at international level: just exposing it is the remedy. As the tile of his 2012 album—‘Brothers in Bamako’-- attempts to iconize, Asmara is also full of great social legacies. What are they? Next article coverage will be on this perspective.

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  1. Eritrea can, in the future, be a hub for various african and non-african artists to chill and record their albms in. Eritrea should open its doors wide, for this kinds of activities. This is a good introductory step though, with our independence day and all. HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY, DEQI ERE!!!

  2. All I can say is wow! This year is turning out to be one of the best Independence Week celebrations. Happy Independence Week to all Eritreans!

  3. ኣሌክ - Alec youMay 21, 2015 at 7:57 AM

    "Eritrea’s Cosmopolitan Capital City, Asmara, has been sparkling with great artistic performances"

    Yes Indeed--The land of Deqi-Hdri...Eritrea the Hope of Africa!!!..

    Happy Independence-Day Eritrea!!!....Long live Eritrea/Shaebia!!.. Zelalemawi-K'brn Mogosn N'swatna!!!!... Awet N'hafash!!!..

  4. Teàwet Alec brother..Helmena gahdi koynu..ade na berihatelna iya..
    Anesuru l jemahiri..

  5. Interesting, all you have to explain now is why are all Eritrea artist leaving Eritrea every chance they get. Why would anyone go to a country to express themselves through art when there is no freedom of expression?

  6. Congratulations ERITREA!!! God/Allah bless the land of ERITREA, the people of ERITREA, the government of ERITREA and the spirit of ERITREA. The name ERITREA is pure, clean, uncorrupted and after all the proud word. We are proud of our martyrs who gave us our Independence. VIVA ERITREA!!!! God bless

  7. ኣሌክ - Alec youMay 21, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Teàwet-Teàwet brother Cane-- Indeed Helmena gahdi Koinu.!!! :)

    Awet N'hafash!!!....

  8. What is freedom of expression look like in your own country?

  9. Because they don't know what's good for them, I guess. There're people like that in this world, believe it or not. The best thing for you to do though, is to ask "them" because I'm not "them". I want to warn you about one thing in advance, so you won't get shocked: you'll find most of them to be from your country, to the south of us, using eritrean identity.

  10. Deki Halal Meriet, let the celebration begin and let the history and the story of the bigger than life Eritreans from all walks of life who paid the ultimate price to liberate their land and people be told again and again.

    Deki Ere, let us celebrate the achievements of our country. But in the middle of our celebration, let us take a moment to go back in time to see and remember where we were yesterday, where we are today, and chart our journey come morning.

    Long Live to the bigger leaders who were there yesterday and still they at it taking their country and people to the Promised Land.

    It is the season for celebration till the end of August and let the celebration begin for Eritrea is blessed!


  11. "Eritrea...hope of Africa"..u are lucky ,most in africa dont see or visit this website ; if they do you will be a laughing stock. Think twice before you post such very much exaggerated nonsense.

  12. So why are you day&night visiting This site?

  13. Let the celebrations begin. Rihus Qinyat Netsanet!

  14. CHEERS !!!!!!!!!!!

  15. ኣሌክ - Alec youMay 22, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Yep, u don't like the sound of that bcuz u are our sworn enemy lurking in Eritrean sites day in & day out. And to our African bro and sis well i leave that to them. Okay beggar...Byeeeeee.....

  16. ኣሌክ - Alec youMay 22, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    This beggar is pathetic bro, i think his daily-bread comes from commenting trash. Poor gere'gelae!! LOL....

  17. I am glad Koite is around again! 'Rhuse awdeamete yegberelna nekulena'.


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