Zemana Getem Derasi

Tafese Tesfaye 1989 Zemana Getem Derasi

In observance of GreatLent, here is begena (bass lyre, King David’s harp) music from an Ethiopian Orthodox monk, circa 1996 (1989 according to the Ethiopia calendar). Contemplate your sinning ways and get with the minimally stark low-end rumble of this ancient instrument.

BTW — Dur-Dur Band Volume 5 (ATFA004) comes out next week, March 19, on LP, CD, MP3 and limited edition cassette. Get yours here.

ALSO—Go deep into Sudanese, Somali, Ethiopian and Eritrean music videos and Ghanaian TV sit-com, Nigerian cinema, tons of African TV advertisements and more at ATFA-curated weekend of YouTube videos on Network Awesome.



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March 13, 2013 at 9:13 pm

I have absolutely no idea what this sounds like… which is why I need it… thanks very much!

March 13, 2013 at 10:06 pm

harp of David – yes! love it. thanks thanks thanks!
wait a minute,i didnt know Jews do observe the Great Lent. must be the first edict of Pope Francis.

March 14, 2013 at 2:13 am

hey brian!

his name reads out Tafese Tesfaye

and this genre is called Begena (not Berena)

zemana getem derasi basically means: melody, lyrics and arragement.

great music by the way!


March 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm

mietek: “ethiopian orthodox” refers to a christian denomination, not a branch of orthodox judaism… i think that’s what’s got you confused

as for the album: every recording of this instrument is a treasure, thanks so much brian!

March 23, 2013 at 11:57 am

i am in love with your work and this blog. each time you upload something i like, i think about it alot – i think about the music and the artists and about the places they come from. it makes me sail in my imagination, and for that i am thankful. the music enriches and inspires me.

you are da tru shimkovitz!
keep it going!!!
yaronimus from israel

March 25, 2013 at 1:12 pm

wonderfull discovery at your blog … I will re-post this one, with link of your blog, of course …



May 24, 2015 at 11:33 pm

Beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing!

Calendar Ortodoxreply
December 29, 2015 at 12:08 pm

Ati scris foarte frumos despre Tafese Tesfaye 1989 Zemana Getem Derasi

ameha z egziabeherreply
April 22, 2016 at 10:26 am

really!! thank u for this.
what amazing spiritual songs

Firekidan Belayreply
October 9, 2019 at 7:55 pm

Thank you very much.
You have no idea that i’m tierd to get this audio. finally I got it. God bless you.

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