Ethiopian pop star Teddy Afro (Tewodros Kassahun) singing Orthodox mezmur : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzl8LWjZgsE
Would one of our Amharic speakers be able to give a translation?
Traditionally Orthodox songs are sung in all Ge'ez; not Amarinya. It sounds like this recording is using both Ge'ez and Amarinya; mixed.
It is a very powerful song I must say. Starting with excerpts from 'our father prayer' and then transitions into the Ethiopian Orthodox prayer to the Holy Virgin not the whole prayer but in peaces. Rather creatively. The song sways along with points of God our savior, "descended from david" and so on.
The song appeals to the Mother of God to intercede for mankind.
It is a very penitent piece. I have never heard sung this way. The arrangement is not Orthodox but secular Ethiopian traditional. The arrangement used is usually used with love songs and such which is Tedy Afros fame. As such many conservative Ethiopians will not look too favorably upon the song for this reason.
I feel the song is challenging to listen to.
I was surprised. Very surprised.
I beleive the artists is trying to test the waters of how far he can go. Maybe he may think that this style of mewze'ka
will replace traditional 'mez'mewr'
or add to it even if only to reach the younger generation. I do not know.
I am a conservative and feel that the artist is reaching a little bit far and should be careful with what he is doing.
Art is art and Holy is Holy. These are not good mixes to me.
Rome got caught in this mixing of art and holy tradition and produced many good things I imagine but also has to live with the reputation of 'art' in regard to its religious artifacts which is unfortunate. The Cisteen Chaple is to me a really difficult experience. The paintings are outragious and provocative but at the same time have a intent to express 'holyness'. This same thing happened with choral and liturgical chant in the western church which is now viewed as 'art' as well do the the large scale use of these religious forms in secular venues such as Opera and so-called 'classical' music.
I prefer to keep sacred sacred.