This text provides an overview of popular music in Eritrea.
Eritrea’s popular music scene is widely regarded as starting in the 1960s. The Eritrean music scene boomed with the arrival of Kagnew Station, a US army radio installation in the capital Asmara, which aired American music to the public. The sounds of 1960s western pop had a profound effect, and from that time on, stars such as Bereket Mengisteab helped cement Eritrea as a musical force in the region.

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As a member of the egalitarian Kunama people, Dehab Faytinga fought for the recognition and representation of Eritreans and the Kunama people. Faytinga became heavily involved in Eritrea’s political atmosphere by gaining extensive training and working for a government department to create the first Kunama radio program. Her work only continued as she was elected as a member of the National Union of Eritrean Women in the district of Tokombia..

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It is true that many individuals renowned for their unique contributions in different disciplines, scientific innovations, artists and many more are born talents observed to demonstrate their talent from early childhood with minimum level and developing it through time either through education or through the hard way, trial and error. The young Eritrean artists we observe now-a-days displaying their innovative works during national occasions and festivals develop their carrier through researches and trials. The same applies when we come to artistic works. Our guest today is one of the renowned Eritrean artists who did not get formal education on the field but developed her talent with time through practice.

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The link between gender-based violence and HIV as both a cause and consequence of HIV is increasingly recognized. Studies show that women living with HIV are particularly vulnerable to sexual, physical and psychological violence, reporting violations of their sexual and reproductive rights, including coerced abortion and forced sterilization. Addressing gender-based violence is therefore critical to preventing new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths.

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Dahab Faytinga, a former Eritrean freedom fighter turned musician, has been instrumental in promoting the Kunama language and culture to a global audience. Dahab, who is half Kunama on her father's side and Tigrinya on her mother's side, is the daughter of Faytinga; a celebrated war hero who was among the first Eritreans to fight for the country's independence. Faytinga in Kunama means the "fighting gun".

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This CD is particularly interesting and attractive, since music from Eritrea is rare. The artist is a lady described by a French observer as ‘somewhat the equivalent of a comrade-in-arms of Charles de Gaulle, with the talent of Edith Piaf and the beauty of Brigitte Bardot (at her peak!), Eritrean version’.

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Little music has been heard from Eritrea, a small country on the north east coast of Africa, by Western ears in recent years. Eritreans have had other things to deal with than releasing their music out into the wilder world, like years of war with neighbouring Ethiopia and a struggle for independence.

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Musica dei Popoli e il festival fiorentino, giunto quest'anno alla 29 edizione, organizzato da FLOG, che presenta al pubblico quanto di piu significativo avviene nel campo della produzione musicale di ispirazione tradizionale del mondo.

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I sing about peace, love, and togetherness, since war, conflict and other disturbances did not bring any positive change to Africa, but it only creates refugee crisis, pains, agony, discomfort and economic hardship. I bring a music of hope to the people.

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Faytinga, la « soul sister » d’Erythrée comme on l’appelle souvent à Asmara, est avant tout une kunama (communauté ethnique matriarcale du nord-est du pays). « Chez les Kunamas, on ne fait rien comme les autres, explique-t-elle avec orgueil. Les femmes sont les égales des hommes, elles choisissent leur mari et personne n’irait reprocher à une jeune fille kunama d’avoir un enfant avant le mariage. ». Faytinga revendique sa propre identité musicale : « Le rythme kunama existe depuis si longtemps que je n’ai besoin de rien d’autre. ».

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Faytinga e una delle cantanti piu note della musica eritrea, forse la piu amata nel suo paese. A 14 anni e entrata nela lotta di liberazione dall'Ettiopia, ed ha cambattuto fino al 1991. Faytinga e un simbolol di tutta l'Eritrea, e della lotta per l'emancipazione delle donne africane.

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