Tafese Tesfaye 1989 Zemana Getem Derasi

In observance of Great Lent, 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.

Side A

Track 1

Track 2

Track 3

Track 4

Track 5

Track 6

Side B

Track 7

Track 8

Track 9

Track 10

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9 responses to “Tafese Tesfaye 1989 Zemana Getem Derasi”

  1. Anonymous says:

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

  2. mietek says:

    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.

  3. kariya says:

    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!


  4. peter says:

    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!

  5. Yaronimus says:

    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

  6. 2b0rn0t0b says:

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



  7. Ale says:

    Beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Ati scris foarte frumos despre Tafese Tesfaye 1989 Zemana Getem Derasi

  9. ameha z egziabeher says:

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

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