Musics of Many Cultures : An Introduction. Elizabeth May. The foremost authorities in the field of music from around the world have contributed twenty original essays for this volume, edited by Elizabeth May.
Ethiopian music uses a distinct modal system that is pentatonic , with characteristically long intervals between some notes. The music of the Ethiopian Highlands uses a fundamental modal system called qenet , of which there are four main modes: tezeta , bati , ambassel , and anchihoy. Music in the Ethiopian highlands is generally monophonic or heterophonic. Dorze polyphonic singing edho may employ up to five parts; Majangir , four parts. In the highlands, traditional string instruments include the masenqo also known as masinko , a one-string bowed lute ; the krar also known as kirar , a six-string lyre ; and the begena , a large ten-string lyre.
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More than 80 people have been killed in two days of unrest in Ethiopia following the killing of prominent singer Hachalu Hundessa. The year-old had emerged as a powerful political voice of the Oromo ethnic group, and had made many enemies during his musical career. Two suspects were arrested after he was shot dead while driving in the capital, Addis Ababa on Monday evening. However, police have not yet revealed a motive for the killing and no charges have been brought against the suspects.
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