Tigrean People's Liberation Front

Tigrean People’s Liberation Front Tigray 90, Tigrean Revolutionary Songs no 27

This rare cassette from Tigray, Eritrea, which is part of a long series from the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front, was “found in Muna’s grandma’s closet.” I received it from Palm Wine, Italy, who asked that I note it’s origin. Although the sound quality is not great—even by this site’s meager standards—the tape is musically and historically fascinating so I thought I’d share.


Side A

Side B


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December 23, 2009 at 7:01 pm

Nice one.

December 23, 2009 at 7:35 pm

I m happy you decided to share this. really beautiful music

December 23, 2009 at 7:40 pm

I think you meant Tigray, Ethiopia not Eritrea.

December 23, 2009 at 10:32 pm

dear aaron,
tigray= both ethiopia and eritrea

December 24, 2009 at 10:14 pm

awesome, just awesome. thanks mate. this is my christmas present from the internet.

keep up the good work.

December 25, 2009 at 9:15 am

thank you

sardar hosainreply
December 26, 2009 at 8:02 am

I invite you to visit this site.

If you can link to us

December 27, 2009 at 11:58 am

Brian, I’m happy to see you decided to post the tape, also happy to see comments of appreciation. greetings from Palm Wine, I have more eritrean tape to discover, soon

December 27, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Thank you for a great blog!

Palm Winereply
December 31, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Check another tape from the same serie here: http://palm-wine.blogspot.com/2009/12/another-tape-from-tigray-90-tigrean.html

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January 24, 2010 at 2:12 pm

thanks thanks

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February 18, 2011 at 5:40 pm

This is music from northern Ethiopia not from Eritrea. The TPLF is the liberation front which is ruling Ethiopia since 1991. The Eritreans had a similar liberation movement the EPLF which also had a cultural troup like the TPLF.

February 28, 2011 at 9:40 pm

TPLF is Ethiopian. Tigray is region in Ethiopia.
TPLF was an organization in Tigray, Ethiopia.
Eritrea had it’s own organization called EPLF.

Tigray/Ethiopia = TPLF (Tigray Peoples Liberation Front)

Eritrea = EPLF (Eritrea Peoples Liberation Front)

March 8, 2011 at 4:58 am

thanks! this is going to be played on free radio olympia, 98.5fm, streaming live at frolympia.org

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