total playing time: 2h.34m
format: Double-CD with 88-page book with history, interview,
photos. All in English and Tygrinia.
Recorded between February 2000 and November 2003 in Holland
Koeienverhuur Studio in Purmerland by Dolf Planteydt.
I found Tsehaytu by coincidence in Rotterdam, Holland, discouraged
playing much anymore. I build her a new krar and after some practice
sessions, we decided to record the CD together. There isn¹t really
Eritrean music recorded, from those days.
The songs are as authentic as possible, Tsehaytu playing all the
instruments; the krar, kobero and bass-krar. To western ears it is
These strange, beautiful rhythms and these moving, almost blues-like
ballads. The 17 songs are from different periods of Tshehaytu¹s
the very first successes till brand new material, commenting on the
developments in Eritrea.
With many people involved, we worked for four years on the project,
respect and love for Tsehaytu's music and person. She deserves to
documented and remain remembered as a great musician.
The double CD, with more than two and a half hours of music, also
book with an incredible interview about her life, culture and history.
also contains many old photos and the lyrics.
I wanted to make this wonderful music available to the western music
but of course I realise it is the heritage of Eritrean culture and
how important Tsehaytu was for the Eritrean people, both young and
Hopefully you can help me spreading the news in the Eritrean community,
Eritreans know about this release. And make it in any way available
If there are any suggestions or questions, please let me know.
All the best, and lots of listening pleasure!
1. Atzmtom keskisom
2. Iley li habelmalet
6. Sport malet
9. Askarbay gomma
1. Bisenselet feqri
2. Mejemeria feqri
4. Ilkanere beantebo
5. Lale bola
6. Kabacha meflayey
Tsehaytu Beraki is an absolutely legendary singer from Eritrea. Born
in Quatit, a small village, she soon picked up the krar (5-string
after moving to the capital Asmara she became a famous singer in bars,
attract men to the local traditional beer houses. In the 1970-ies
discovered by producer Tewelde Redda, who took her to Addis Abeba,
for Philips some 7² singles. She also appeared on television
Ethiopia and Eritrea. She was a very big star. But the political situation
got more and more intense. Eritrea was fighting for independence,
Tsehaytu got involved in the struggle. Her songs moved from love songs
more polical statements and comments. She was actually playing and
at the front, for eight years. Heavy days. One time her concert was
seven people died and Tsehaytu was badly injured. After her faction,
ELF, was pushed into the Sudan by the rivalling EPLF, she didn¹t
give up and
went back to the villages, to sing and support the women and children.
Her courage and inspiration still mean a lot to all Eritreans. When
situation became too bad, she too had to flee into Sudan and in 1988
ended up in Rotterdam, Holland, where she still is.