Music & Entertainment

The most common Ethiopian musical instruments are: Kebero (drum), Masenqo (a violin-like instrument), Krar (type of guitar) and Washint (a bamboo flute). In rural areas, singing is usually accompanied by the kebero and masenqo. In urban areas, there are western influences on music and modern instruments are used. Music plays a prominent role in community life – at weddings and ceremonies. The Eskista dance makes extensive use of the shoulders, neck and head. Groups of people dance together, often in circles. The Tigrinya song and dance style has a different pace with dancers taking small steps in a circle.