Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Abuse of Music by Abyssinian Azmari: the case of Tedy Afro



There are people who thrive on the fame of the dead. Indeed there are people who thrive on the noxious fumes of dead zombies. One such person is Tedy Afro who continued living on the dead spirit of Abyssinian worst dictators. This article is in response to Teddy Afro’s latest Album, the album which Tedy wrongly labeled Tikur Sew.  My intention is not to educate Tedy or any other Habesha musician. The objective of this article is to indicate how Tedy abused music and also how he wronged the late Emperor Menelik II by mislabelling the Caucasian Emperor as a black man.
Purpose of music
Humanity employed music for several purposes, positive as well as negative. Music has been part of human experience in every culture and society since time immemorial. From the earliest cultures of humankind until now music has been used to express a wide range of human emotions; love, joy, celebration, sadness, anger and fear. Music has been used to inspire patriotism, incite wars and promote peace. Music played an exceedingly great role in communicating ideas to the masses with minimum resistance and it played great roles in bringing different cultures together. In this respect, music is rightly called the universal language. Ancient and modern society also employed the healing ability of music to treat patients. Music can also heal a racially, religiously, and culturally divided society.
Abuse of music
This great purpose of music has been continuously abused by past and present Azmari Habash. Azmari musicians fail to realize that a tool as powerful as music needs to come with guidance and instructions. For a society to use the healing ability of music, they must first understand the purpose of music for human consumption. To serve its positive purpose, music is supposed to be a pure and neutral spiritual force that should serve all humanity for positive end. Regardless of their philosophy of life or worldview, gifted musician should be careful in making their work free of prejudices and hates. Most Habash musicians lack this quality of using music for positive end and have been abusing the universal purpose of music. Abyssinian music, from ancient time to present, have been composed mainly  to glorify kings, emperors, empress, war lords (like Tewodros), and those who share the bloodlines of the kings, while at the same time they despised common citizens and subjects of these emperors and dictators. Thus they employed music  to perpetuate hate message towards other ethnic groups which are outside their own narrow circle. It is out of such an unparalleled abuse of music that  Habasha musicians composed music to honor brutal dictators like Mengistu Haile Mariam, who  butchered hundreds thousands of youth during his 17 years reign.
Abyssinian’s negative music
 Though Ethiopia is blessed with rich culture and music, past Abyssinian regimes have limited nations and nationalities from developing their culture and music.  Amharic music dominated the country for over a century. Prohibition of  the nations and nationalities from developing their couture was not the only problem. Even those Amharic music and musicians have been openly expressing their hatred to other cultures in Ethiopia. Amaric music itself had been dominated by Azmaris. The Azmari of Habash, i.e., Habasha traditional musicians, through their music praised Emperors and the killing squad of these brutal Emperors. These Azmaris praised one race and despised others. It can be argued that they totally missed the important role that music serves. Many of the Artists that Ethiopia has witnessed have been serving the regime in which they lived.  Modern Ethiopian musician are educated in the Azmari culture and share the same nostalgia of the past Emperors. Ethiopian music says almost nothing about the general society. No music has been composed for the common people.  Ethiopian music is dominated by odes for kings and Emperors. During Menelik, Habasha Azmari praised Menelik and his mercenary soldiers who mutilated millions of Oromos, and Sothern Nation and Nationalities throughout the empire.  During Hailesilassie, the feudal land lords who lived on the sweats of Oromo subjects received appreciation from Azmari. This trend of Azmari praising those who live on the blood of common people continued into the Dergue Era and TPLF too. During Dergue period, those who killed innocent civilians in the so called Qey Shibibir were celebrated by Azmari( musicians) of Ethiopia as heroes.
 Azmari Teddy Afro-Reincarnating the dead
With the above background on Abyssinian negative music, I would like to say few points about Tedy Afro.  Tedy Afro, for the past few years, has been deliberately resurrecting some dead zombies, and he is making money and fame out of such dirty and unethical work. The two great Zombies that he resurrected so far are Emperor Menelik and King Hailesilassie. Anytime some one resurrect the dead, a lot of questions crop up; from political to ethical.  Is there any moral guide that stops musicians from reanimating worst dictators and mercenaries?  What is the political significance of reincarnating a barbaric mass killer like Menelik for Ethiopian people at this time? As a matter of fact, Tedy started his career from the very beginning by glorifying King Hailessilassie. This is the same king who watched in silence as millions of Ethiopians perish during the 1973 famine. 


  Dr.Tilahun Gessessei wrote lyrics about the agonizing pains of those Ethiopians and he wept as he played the song. Tedy Garmamo praised the king who saved millions of dollars in foreign bank while those Ethiopians suffered and perished. What a difference!

The musical piece Tedy composed for the late monarch seems to have rallied the majority of feudal elements who during the reign of king Hailessilassie lived on the bloods and sweats of the Ethiopian poor. Now that Tedy wrote lyrics and composed music for the great zombie of all time (Menelik), he qualify to be recognized as an entrepreneur who lives on the fame of dead monarchies. He is making himself name and money off the dead dictators. By doing so he successfully milked those Abyssinians who always dreamt the second coming of Hailesilassie and Menelik, but immensely disrespected millions Ethiopians who suffered in the hand of these dictators.

I asked myself what objective the young artist might have on his mind when he composed the Tikur Sew lyrics for Menelik.  We know that Menelik is not Tikur. That is to say he is not Tikur by choice, by his own preference. Menelik is not a ‘black man’ because he rejected his blackness. You don’t need any other witness other than Menelik himself to prove that he wasn’t black.  Shame on you Tedy; you tried your best to twist history just in the same way many Debteras did in the past Ethiopian history. Unfortunately, what you tried to reverse is irreversible.  Historians have documented it very well. You cannot make Menelik to be proud of his blackness. Menelik dismissed it in public. He told the whole world that he is Caucasian, not black.
'I am not a Negro at all; I am a Caucasian' , Emperor Menelik told the West Indian pan-Africanist Benito Sylvian who had come to Addis Ababa to solicit the Emperor's leadership in a society for the 'Amelioration of the Negro race.'
     Haile Sellassie confirmed that view in a declaration to Chief H. O. Davis, a well-known Nigerian nationalist, stating that the Ethiopians did not regard themselves as Africans, but as 'a mixed Hamito-Semitic people.(See John H. Spencer, Ethiopia at Bay (1984), p. 306.)

With regard to the great purpose that music plays to bring people together and minimize tension among ethnic lines, Tedy’s recent Album played the exact opposite. Oromo youth around the world have taken to facebook and other Medias to boycott the album which glorifies a mercenary who butchered our forefathers and mothers. This album is more dividing than healing Ethiopian people. In particular it is an insult to Oromo nation and Southern Nations and Nationalities. It is a complete disregard to the lives of those who were massacred by the invading army of Menelik.  It is an insult to the entire Oromo nation and South Nations who survived the genocide Abyssinian Army perpetrated against us.   It is an outrageous act of praising a criminal who inhumanly butchered millions of children, women and innocent men.
It would have been only human for Teddy to sing about the suffering of those who were sold to slavery. It is right if Teddy condemn the misery to which Menelik and other slave traders subjected millions of children, women and young people from all corners of Ethiopia.  What about the human dignity of those millions of Ethiopians who were sold to Arab slave traders?  How about Oromo mothers whose breasts were cut off by Menelik and his army? How about the millions of Oromo men whose right hands were cut off after they surrendered to Meniliks army? How is that a son of Ethiopia, who lives in 21 century praise a butcher and slave traders like Menelik  II?

That is what Abyssinians did to us, to the Nations in the Southern Ethiopia. Given the nature of Abyssinians, current or past, it is not surprising to see in market a musical piece that glorify criminals. What is so surprising is how we the victims react to such Abyssinian National Projects. Why do we buy albums that glorify the massacre of our forefathers and foremothers, our sisters and our brothers? Why would we sing to the beat of our tormentors? Why is that we fiancé Abyssinian projects which are intended to humiliate and destroy us?   Abyssinians like Tedy have been taking Big Marches of the Dead in commemorating the dead who killed our ancestors. They are celebrating the victory of evil over good. They are celebrating the death of millions of innocent children and women in the hands of mercenaries like Menelik. Then, why is that the Oromo nation and Sothern Nation failed to take March of the Living to commemorate our ancestors who perished in the hands of Menelik and his army?
 Debtera Tedy, here is a brief account of the two dead zombies which you tried to reincarnated as benevolent leaders.
Hailesilassie
When the facts of history are written King Haile Selassie will go down as a great coward who ran away from his country to save his skin and left the millions of our countrymen to struggle through a terrible war that he brought upon Ethiopians because of his political ignorance.  While   he was licking Europeans shoes in exile, Ethiopians were fighting Mussolini at home.  Brave Ethiopians defeated the Italian invading army. Unfortunately the mighty British installed Hailesilassie back to power.  Ethiopian patriots thought the Emperor would recognize their bravery and promote them. What that dwarf king did however was the exact opposite. He executed many of them and promoted those bandas like himself who run away to foreign land during the period of occupation.

Running away from his country when his country needed him most was not the only shame of king Hailesilassie.  He utterly denied his blackness. When Haile Selassie fled to London, Garvey tried to contact him but was snubbed, and it was reported that “the emperor did not desire any contact with 'Negroes’ “. (The New World of Negro Americans by Harold Robert Isaacs p.153)

During the great Ethiopian famine, in which millions of our nationals in Wallo starved to death, the Emperor and his cabinets were saving millions of dollars in the Swiss Bank and lived in excess in Addis Ababa. Today, despite such shames, many Habasha musicians honor the late tyrant Emperor as a benevolent ruler of his subjects. Top among such Asmari who glorify this great dictator is Tedy Afro.
Menelik
Another of Ethiopians brutal tyrant and mass butcher is Emperor Menelik who receives endless glorification form past and present Habasha Asmaris. Menlik is notoriously known in Abyssinia and around the world for mutilation of breast and hands of innocent Oromo nationals at Chalanko and Hanole in Oromia. Europeans called him the greatest slave trade entrepreneur ever known in Africa. He personally sold Ethiopians of black skin to Arab slave traders. In addition he generated income by taxing other slave traders in Ethiopia who sold millions of non-Abyssinian Ethiopians to Arab slave merchants.
Clarence writes, “Meneliks reign, first as king of SHOWA, and later as an emperor marks the watershed in the history of servile labour and slave traffic in Ethiopia.” (Clarence, page 115).  Clarence-Smith observed commercial slavery was intensifies under the government of Menilik, particularly in the newly incorporated Southern peripheries (outside Abyssinia proper). After he was crowned emperor in 1889, Menilik signed several treaties with European nations to end slave traffic in Ethiopia.  These include the Anti-slave provisions in the Ethio-Italy treaty of Wuchale and the 1889-1890 General Act of Brussels Conference on slavery.  In the next decades Menelik promulgated several acts to abolish slavery; just the same way TPLF included several citizens’ right in the current Ethiopian constitution. Yet he (Menilik) continued with slave trade precisely for two reasons.

 First the reach booty, in the from of slaves, he used extract from the newly colonized Oromo, South Nation and Somali land was irresistible (Clarence, page 116). He used the plunder from non-Abyssinian Southern captives (Oromo, South Nations, and Somali) to sustain royal finance. Clarence wrote that between 1878 and 1882 Menelik paid a punitive yearly tribute of 200,000 thalers(dollars) to Emperor Yohannes.  Menelik sustained such financial commitment by taxing commercial slave traders. In the late 1880 custom duties on slaves, at thalers(dollars) as they entered Shawa and again as they left Shawa, was estimated to raise more than 10,000 thalers( dollars) per year.

The second reason for Meneliks reticence to end slavery was his financial commitment to European arms dealers. Menilik relied on income form slave trade to purchase arms from European traders such as Soleillet, Chefnaux, Bremond, and Labatat( Clarence Page 116).

    Teddy and many Abyssinians glorify the human tragedy that the Southerners were subjected to after occupation. During the raid, conquest and occupation of Oromo land, thousands of free Oromo men, women, and children were seized and enslaved by Menilik and his commanders.  Clarence describes the process of enslavement as follows.   “ Menelik’s expeditions into the Southern Ethiopia set a ferocious pattern. As Shawan forces razed entire districts, they usually kill male defenders and enslave their wives and children.  Menelik gained half the plunders and the captives; his generals and soldiers divided the rest according to rank.”(Clarence, page 117). This is the king which Tedy Afro glorifies and wrote epic poems to immortalize him. The children and women, the millions, who were deprived of their lives, their liberty, their dignity, and sold into slavery have no place for Teddy and other Abyssinian racists.

After the Oromo land was completely subdued, Emperor Menilik continued his territorial expansion to produce more captives.  Clarence notes, “ In Walamo in 1894, Ethiopian forces seized 15,000-20,000 prisoners, of whom the Emperor took 1800 as slaves. Raids on the new colonial land( non-Abyssinian ) land persisted even after 1900.
Teddy Afro and many Habasha musicians who glorify Menlik II, Mengistu Hailemariam and King Hailesilassie are not ignorant of the wrongs that these brutal rulers have subjected the Oromo people and the South Nations and Nationalities. They know more than we know. They know more than the victims, how Habesha leaders subdued and converted the non-Abyssinian Ethiopians into their subjects.


   The killing of millions of children, women and innocent civilians in the formation of Empire Ethiopia is a heroic action that most Abyssinians are proud of.  That is why all Habasha Azmari never mention the brutality of kings and emperors. That is why they never mention in their poetry or music about the suffering of ordinary people. That is why Habasha musician don’t know how to write poems that uphold justice, rule of law, and human rights. That is why Habasha musicians are not able to compose music about equality of human kind, freedom to life, freedom to expression, and equality of nations and nationalities.  The music of a Habasha man and women is all about the unity of Ethiopia and those Emperors who rules that Empire, regardless of how brutal these rulers were/are and how the territorial integrity of Ethiopia tramped on the natural right of nations and nationalities.

Such abuse and misuse of music leaves negative impact on society. Its trail paves ways for destruction of future generation. Due to lack of knowledge Azmarian negative music of Habash has driven society down a path it was never meant to travel. I can argue that they contributed immensely to build mistrust among good Ethiopians than love and unity. Tedy‘s recent work is the worst divisive music ever.


2. The Economics of the Indian Ocean Slave Trade in the Nineteenth Century, 1989

 By W. G. Clarence-Smith

55 comments:

Anonymous said...

A rubbish piece from a light minded person.

kirikou said...

who is a hater then? this piece is just a piece of garbage, "nonsense upon stilts". Teddy did not try to condone the blood tented part of our history, he rather used moments of our glory to reconcile us and move us beyond our differences. Get over with your inferiority complex

Anonymous said...

Idiotic piece by someone who is in coma for his/her entire life. The cut paste liberators who misereably fialed to create a nation should try to liberate themselves from MN ghettos.

selam Alazar said...

If you are a real Ethiopian then you would know exactly why they said that they were different from the rest of Africa. Whether you like it or not, Ethiopians are different from the rest of African. I'm not saying that out of disrespect for the rest of Africa, but because we have a very unique culture, religious views as well as physical posture from the rest of Africa and I believe that was their view too.

And please enough with the “breast cutting, slave trade entrepreneur”. The Europeans used those claims cover up the fact that a traditional black nation defeated the modern white world. In case you didn’t know, the Italians even tried to claim that Ethiopians are white.
So using the European point of view to destroy Minilik glory makes you a “coconut”. It does not make him less of a hero.
And by the way, do you know what a “coconut” is? Well, a “coconut” is a kind of fruit which is brown colored on the outside and when you crack it open its inside is white. You are the one who is thinking like a white man not Minilik.
I have no words to express how empty and so biased you are.

Anonymous said...

Those who have a blessed mind produce such articulative and fair analysis, while those with a retarded mind continue to praise the evil because they're evil themselves. This is a marveleous article as it clearly presented the position of the habash azmaris and debteras who still dream to live on the sweat of the millions. Dear Author,
I really appreciate your thoroughly presented article. It tells these ignorant azmaris and debteras who really they're, amazingly, though they are living with their "being unique" to the present.

Anonymous said...

This is such a perfect article that reflects the outlook of more than half if not more than 80% Ethiopian empire. Habasha's hero are our most hated enemies and would be sentenced in absentia for committing genocide on Oromo Supreme Court! Those who sing the criminals also cannot be seen different from those criminals.

We will ditch them in to history of evil minded self invaders soon.
Well done, the author!

Anonymous said...

This is such a perfect article that reflects the outlook of more than half if not more than 80% Ethiopian empire. Habasha's hero are our most hated enemies and would be sentenced in absentia for committing genocide Oromos and others, on Oromia's Supreme Court! Those who sing the criminals also cannot be seen different from those criminals.

We will ditch them in to history of evil minded selfish invaders soon.
Well done, the author!

Anonymous said...

Long Live Stupidity! Narrowness and Hate!

SHAGGAR said...

Can any Debtera or Azamri refute what is presented in this article?

mesele said...

I have never read a piece of shit, rubbish and useless article like this in my entire life. You are one of the stupidest 'writer'.

Anonymous said...

Oromos always complain about Minelik, which is completly understandable, However they fail to mention Atse Tewodros for tryin to abolish slavery. if anyrhing oromos paint every king with the same brush.

Anonymous said...

someone replied for this article on this blog

http://www.prayethiopia.com/2012/06/abuse-of-music-by-abyssinian-azmari.html

Anonymous said...

It is amazing how Amaras are stupied and evils. I assume those who commented on this page are living in the United States or EU. Look at them, Rush or Fox news is much better. These people are stupied and helpless bigots. Long live Oromo Nobels.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Tedi's song is a great master piece! get over it! Your ignorance is manifested by your thinking that azmari and debtera are negative names. Empty! The only thing you know is hate. What a pity!
fyi, tedi's song is about one of the world's impressing event: the battle of Adwa where a modern European army lost for a black army. All people of Ethiopia had participated in this war.

Anonymous said...

You are one helL of masterpiece of IGNORANT DOUCHE BAG LIKE TEDDY HIMSELF !!!

Anonymous said...

It is fine to criticize Teddy Afro because he is a public figure and he could take it just like the prison term he served. However this goes beyond that. This is intended to demonize not just Teddy Afro but the entire nation. We are a people that have bad and good history just like the Americans or the British. Just because George Washington owned slaves that doesn’t make him the devil incarnate and this blogger demonizes everything Ethiopia. Sure we were ruled by backward emperors so were the Chinese, Europeans and other civilizations as well. The Americans were ruled by freely elected presidents that owned and profited from slavery that doesn’t make them the devil incarnate. Slavery was human history and conquest of one nation by other nation is part of human history. Ethiopia emperors were no saints but this kind of rhetoric leads to bloodshed. This is exactly what happened when OLF was in the transitional government with when the Derge fell. They slaughtered many innocent Amharas and Tigrays civilians in Arsi and many parts of Oromia. For what, for the crimes their leaders committed more than 100 years ago. This kind of rhetoric is intended to saw the seeds of hate and enrage the Oromos to rise up and butcher their brothers, sisters and fathers and mothers and in some cases litterly, so the likes of OLF could grab power and throw the whole country and region in turmoil. I want to ask you the blogger, what kind of benefit would there be if the Oromos rose up against the Amharas or the Tigrains. How you you benefit?? Is bloodshed among nations the ultimate goal? Isn’t that the worst kind of crime that anyone could commit? I tell you folks, this blogger is no blogger but a politician, the worst kind. The one that incited poor Oromo farmers in Arsi against their poor Amhara farmers and slaughtered them not in 1800 but in 1991. This is an OLF operation full blown.

Anonymous said...

If you have courage, instead of hiding behind a blog, reveal yourself to the Ethiopian people and the international community so when and if your rhetoric leads to bloodshed we could hold you personally responsible, just like Charles Taylor and others who incite people with this kind of rhetoric.

Anonymous said...

For all who claim to be the 'true' Ethiopians:
Simply If Minilik is your missed hero, then I and many Ethiopian(probably more than 2/3) are non-Ethiopians and please help US to be independent. No one loves either murderer of his father or those who glorify him and his works. I was not racist, but now I have to be. You guys who are still glorifying those devils are have really missed them. It is sure that you really need to re install your old divine-sent leaders. Just keep on doing that!

Anonymous said...

No one is saying that we love the bad thing that Minilik, Tedros or Yohannes did. What we are saying is stop hateful rhetorics. You demonize not just Teddy Afro but Birtukan Mideksa on this very same blog. For God sakes, if an Oromo says I am an Ethiopia that doesnt make them the devil incarnate. If Kenenisa Bekele marries Tigrain which he did that does make him non Oromo or a traitor. Are you really Oromo to resort to this kind of hateful blog. Have you ever lived with other tribes? Do you seriously think you could reconcile people like that?? I dont think so.. I think you missed the mark big time.

Anonymous said...

The internet is the wild west, the frontier so to speak. You can find all kind of garbage in it. This is another garbage you might come across to, just like pornography, nowadays all you need is a computer and heart full of hate to engage in this kind of hate mongering.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

You hateful divisive criminals use code words like debtera to mean Amharas and Orthodox Christians Oromos alike. You talk about Oromia for Oromos which is a code word for ethnic cleansing. You talk about past injustices to advance your hateful divisive political agenda. You criticize past feudal systems for engaging in systematic suppression of Oromo culture and but you engage in psychological warfare on anything Ethiopia, its culture, languages, even religion. You show yourself to be not just anti Ethiopian but anti-Semite just the same way Ahmadinejad and his icon and idol Hitler. He thinks Israel should be wiped off the map and you talk about dismantling and dismembering the Ethiopian empire. If Ethiopians Christians want to associate with King Solomon, it isn’t out of desire to be white but to feel closer to their mighty Christian God. We aren’t Negros but a proud African black people. We are Oromos, Tigrays and Amharas, Gurage, Sidams, and many more. We respect and love the Oromo language and the Oromo culture and we acknowledge past mistakes but we don’t dwell on them. You on the other hand want to brainwash some Oromos to hate those that aren’t like you. Your leaders publicly state that your quest for self-determination doesn’t mean a war on other nations or nationalities or their rights but they go to places like Arsi, Bale and Hararge and engage in Orthodox Church burning like the KKK used to do in the south here in America. You openly talk about killing Neftegnas and the interahamwe talked about killing cockroaches in Rwanda and we know the end result. You scratch past wounds if they exist and embellish any act of injustice to fit your version of history. You glorify anything anti Ethiopia. You use tactics that Shabia mastered and the end result is more repression and more evil.

Anonymous said...

Ethiopia has no space for any extremists! Ethiopia is a country that represents all human races because it the origin of the first human kind! What is your headache whether Minilik is black or Caucasian, you are just doing your racism!

Anonymous said...

Wow!!! what a wonderful article compiled by such simply to say wonder. this article must be read by this days generation to have a knowledge about what amharas done to their predecessors. the amharas will not be foriven, one day they will gate their return. "tit for tat"

any wat i am greatfull to the blogger.

Anonymous said...

I wonder why Habesha's software can't be updated! Today's remnants think as their boggy forefathers! Al-habesh please stay away from keyboard!

Anonymous said...

fuck u all stupid Galla u smell pussy tinbatam hula

Anonymous said...

The last commentator, you should be ashamed of yourself for using a dispicable deragatory term. There is no need for such language here. But this blog isnt your run of the mill blog and THIS BLOG IS SALAFIST INSPIRED VITRIOL AGAINST ALL THINGS ETHIOPIAN.

Teddy Fikre said...

You sir...and i use that lightly...are a flaming idiot...in league with Seble! This article applies 100% to you as well homie...i am sure you are not going to approve this message though...smh

to put it lightly you are nothing more than a barn knocker and Meles Zenawi's mouth piece...

http://browncondor.com/events/2012/06/20/stfu-barn-knockers/

SHAGGAR said...

The comments speak by themselves. The Debteras and Azmaris, instead of attacking the theme of the article, are attacking the Oromo people.

Anonymous said...

yeah right like we are stupid. You, once you realize the vast majority of the comments are against what you stand for resort to calling your self deragatory terms to demonestrate to your terrorist friends that you are a victim. You are not a victim, you perpetuate hate to advance your own political agenda. You are in bed with the likes of Hamas, Al Shabab, and Al Queda, and Shabia. You learn from the very best when it comes provoking and inciting people against each other. Shabia are the master of your techniques, we arent fooled.

Anyways may God bless you and may find Peace. I pray for you.

Cheers

Anonymous said...

THE REASON WHY ETHIOPIAN POLITICAL CRISIS NEVER END IS THE GOD FOR SOME IS DEVIL FOR THE REST. TEDY IS JUST GLORIFIED THE ACT OF DEVIL FOR WHICH GOD PUNISH TEDY IN HEREAFTER. THE DAY HABESHA THINK AS 21CENTURY ETHIOPIA'S PROBLEM COME TO AND END. ACTUALLY THE WRITTER SUPPORTED HIS ARGUMENT WITH EVIDENCE. IT IS THE CULTURE OF HABESHA TO THROW RUBISH WORD WHEN THEY FAILED TO CHALLENGE. THE ONLY THING THEY KNOW JUST ..........

Anonymous said...

Hey Dim Wit anti-semite,
This article backs up our claim that Ethiopians trace their ancestory to King Solomon. This is a proof that you most likely reject since it doesnt fit into your vitriolic rant. It so happens it was just published today. If you dont trust the link go on BBC Africa section, or just google Ethiopia under news. You must hate having to type the word "Ethiopia" but oh well. The word Ethiopia to you is like the holy water to the devil.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18526428

Anonymous said...

HERE IS ANOTHER ONE FOR YOU.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47907675/ns/technology_and_science-science/

Anonymous said...

ANOTHER, It looks like that your argument that Minilik I was created out of thin air doesnt look good, sorry. God works in a mysterious way. this happened the day after you posted your vitriolic rant. Perhaps the good lord is protecting Ethiopia from voltures and hyenas like you.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/06/120621130645.htm

Anonymous said...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18526428


This supports the fact that Abyssinian are non African.

Anonymous said...

Dim Wit anti-Semite grand ayatollah Ahmadinejad’s cousin,

Do you see anywhere in the article where it says Tigrays and Amharas only. I know Abbysinia is your favorite word. It says Ethiopians, that means Tigrays, Amharas, Oromos, so on so forth. This article doesnt include you, you belong with your Hamas and Hezbollah terrorist in Gaza or an Israeli jail.

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Anonymous said...

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2012/0621/Queen-of-Sheba-left-genetic-legacy-to-Ethiopians-study-finds

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47907675/ns/technology_and_science-science/


"Speakers of Semitic and Cushitic tongues were shown to have genomes about half comprised of genes from non-African origins."

So Unlike OLF propaganda that likes to brainwash our Oromo brothers that they are different, this disproves that theory, scientifically. I bet they got an egg on their face now. Those Shabia, Wayanes and OLF got an egg on their face. But knowing them, they are incabable of admitting they are wrong and admitting the truth. They pile lies on top of lies, they are masters of fabrication of lies out of thin air.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes we need to know who we are so that we don’t get lost in the wilderness. Right now Ethiopians are in wilderness blinded by tribalism, clanism, and heart full of hate. We confuse what is our right such as political representation, linguistic and cultural respect with vengeance and hate. We confuse righteousness with evil deeds. We confuse our friends as our enemies. We confuse democracy with separatism. We belittle and demonize our history, culture, language, religion, and successes past and present. And the worst thing is that we do it knowing the truth and the path to reconciliation but we seek short cut to short-lived ill gotten power and glory that is doomed to fail in the long run because it isn’t blessed by almighty. Wayane is bound to fail so is Shabia just like Saul the first king of Israel. Saul disregarded God's commandment. You are also found to fail.

SHAGGAR said...

The following dissertation paper is yet another interesting piece on music and abuse of music. Please read and discover how past and present Abyssinian rulers abuse music, including Oromo music for their selfish goals.


http://gadaa.com/OromoStudies/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Mollenhauer_OromoMusic_Dissertation.pdf

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymWqTIiMxQc

Anonymous said...

Link-text goes here

Anonymous said...

Hailessilassie the traitor

Anonymous said...

This article is rubbish. Let me explain why:

1. It does not try to be objective. Give us historical evidence before making this wild claims like 5 million Oromos killed etc. Do you really believe Oromos will fill almost every military and civilian leadership posts in Minilik's administration if your wild claims were really true? Think about it. Minilik himself is half Oromo. How can he would want to kill 5 million of his own people? I'm not saying he was a saint or he did not commit crimes against Oromos or other people. But it was just to subdue to his rule just like everywhere at that time and never intentional ethnic cleaning as you want to portray it. To compare Minilik with Hitler is simply an extremely exaggeration beyond any proportion and shows how you have lost any kind of sense for reality. How can you compare Hitler who intentionally wanted to eliminate a whole race with Minilik, whose administration was full Oromos? This doesn't make sense at all. It is ridicules and shows only your absurd bias.

2. What Teddy praised about Minlik was NOT how he came to power or how he subdued people etc. or his internal policies. No, Teddy praised him only for defeating an European army and by that making ways for the independence of Africa. Do you really think it is wrong to praise Minilik for his historical role at Adwa? What is wrong with that? Don't you think it is worth praising what Minlik done at Adwa?

It seems you are blinded by hate and absolutely lost any kind of balance and objectivity. Typical OLF, simply full of hate no factual substance!

The article says more about your deep seated blind hatred rather than shading light on Tiddy or Minilik. It just exposes who you are not who Teddy is or who Minlik is.

Anonymous said...

One thing to add: You confuse the term "black", which is skin color with the term Caucasian/Caucasoid. Being Caucasoid has nothing to do with skin color. Whether you like it or not, Ethiopians and horn of Africa, including Oromos, are still categorized as Caucasoid and NOT Negroid. Caucasoid/Negroid has nothing to do with skin color but with facial features. And the facial features of people from horn of Africa is closer to Europeans than Negros. It is just a fact. So don't confuse terms like black/white and Caucasoid/Negroid, the former are skin colors and the later are facial features.

"The term Caucasian race (also Caucasoid, Europid, or Europoid)[1] has been used to denote the general physical type of some or all of the populations of Europe, North Africa, the Horn of Africa, Western Asia (the Middle East), Central Asia and South Asia.[2] Historically, the term has been used to describe many peoples from these regions, without regard necessarily to skin tone.[3]"

So, if Minilik said he is Caucasoid, then he is absolutely correct because Ethiopians are not in the category of Negroid people. But because you confuse skin color and terms like Caucasoid/Negroid, you imply as if Minilik said he is white. No, he never said he is white. Being Caucasoid has nothing to do with being white.

It seems Minilik had more knowledge about these terms than you do, despite so much information is available on the net now. Shame! Read before you confuse things and expose yourself.

Anonymous said...

Hey dude! For your info there were no any Semitic people in Africa at early ages. Queen Sheba was Kush. As her name 'Saba', which means in Afaan Oromo 'people' , indicates she might be Oromo or raised by Oromo man as 'Gudifacha'.

Anonymous said...

The way I see it, we have extremist from all sides in the present day Ethiopia. Some in the Oromo community are stuck with what has happened during the time of Menilik, giving many nostalgic habashas the wrong impression that the plight of Oromos and other oppressed people in Ethiopia is all about what has happened during the time of Menilik. Menilik did what many kings and leaders of the time did by trying to get his share in the scramble of Africa. We need to focus on recognizing why Oromos and other oppressed people find it difficult to share the feeling ethiopianess the Abysinians have. Until very recently the history of Ethiopia is presented from the perspective of kebre negist and some hateful (understandably) “historians” like Bahrein, Atsme, etc. The history of the Oromo people was taught with the intention of belittling the historical place of the people and in fact denying their legitimate quest to benefit from their country’s resource and develop their rich culture, build up on their past way of social and political structure. TPLF did nothing but perpetuate this trend after a long battle to do away with Amahra elit leadership only to replace it with Tigrayn elites with even more malicious intent.
Those trying to label the struggle for self determination as nothing but tribalism, look at why you believe what you believe in. Think hard and tell me it is not because you come from Amhara (and few others) origin especially those extremists who try to deny past injustices against other nationalities and then we can talk. All we need is to have a country belonging to and representing its entire populace economically, culturally, historically, and of course politically. Don’t try to be smarty like TPLF who allowed federal structure based shared language on paper but is exploiting the resources and political power by few Tigryan elites out of paranoia, narrow tribalism or some hidden agenda. If that is not going to work then we will have our own separate ways. Trying to mystify Ethiopia and hoping to keep it together at any cost is never going to work as the people understand its rights now more than ever and will get it by will or by force.

Anonymous said...

I dont care if Queen of Sheba was Oromo, Agaw, Somali, Amhara, Tigray, Welayita, but she is ours. I dont care what language she spoke but she is Ethiopian/Kush. I am pround of our cushtic heretige. I dont care what you call it, just dont belittle our history. Dont engage in history revisionism. We have history, both cushtic or and semetic we have history. Dont tell me the cushtic history exclusively belongs to Oromos. Dont tell me Abebe Bekila belongs exclusively belongs to Oromos because he never said that. Dont say Kenenisa belongs to Oromos only or Mirutse Yifter to Tigrays because they never said that.

Anonymous said...

Who knows this people have gone mental. The reason why Minilik II acended to the throne and expanded his empire was because people like Queen Worqitu, Balcha Aba Nefso, Ras Gobena who are Oromos so I highly doubt he had deep seated hatred for Oromos but these lunatics have convinced themselves of there lies. If they repeate the same things thousands of times with no concrete evidence, they think it could become true. Like they keep saying Abysinia any chance they get, somehow thinking it could be some kind of psychological weapon of some sort. They keep repeating words like Habesha, Abysinia, Azmeri, Debtera when making political points.

Anonymous said...

I found your articles to be of a nuisance to be quiet honest. If what you were looking for is an outrage on your article God you had it. I do not understand why the tekur sew should be a case? The next thing is yes Menelik should not be regarded as a human being and I will not call him an emperor to begin with, But the fact that you wanted to focus on the title is a shame. Yes Menelik disgraced our oromo nation , he played them lkie a fool he created a monster at the same time he gave as Lij eyassu.
Anyways i do not want to linger on how stupid this would be seen.
Gaaru gadaa.com seems to accept fame hungery non-politicians. Raakina oromo kna dubatu osso hin tane rakina oromo irati kan waa bitatu isiin kesat hodomata. Take a side for God's sake.
ofcourse ethiopians are not fool blooded africans. MAAKAMNE JIRA
OROMOS ARE Nubians of the pharo decendants .. the sematics are the arabs ,
Mr article writter next time you decide to type please read first enyuma ke baradhu.
I see myself oromo first then my host countries citizen and ethiopian. I see deluded oromos who think they are ethiopians and deluded ethiopians who think Ethiopia is the ever heavenly plot on earth. Get a grip people.

Anonymous said...

To be honest, this article is nothing but the reflection of thought in many (millions) of Oromos. No wonder that the habesha commentators are defending their men.For them, minilik is such a hero, because it enabled them to grab the fertile land of Oromo, spread their language, culture, etc. So, I suggest the blogger and the author of this article not to give up to the bizarre of the habeshas and keep on disclosing their covert agendas/mission.

Anonymous said...

I am Oromo and most of my closest friends are not. On top of that half my family is Amhara and I love them dearly, I am not full of hatred for habeshas. So I'm coming from a very open minded place. So I have a question for everyone who commented on this blog, why is everyone attacking the author? Minilik did kill lots of Oromo's. You can't argue that. Its a fact. So for people who wants peace and love in Ethiopia why are you idolizing and defending Minilik? By defending his actions you are indirectly promoting his actions. So its okay to to kill Oromo? Are we not people? We have the right to feel angry. Unless you are oromo you will never understand what it feel like to be mistreated your whole entire life. On top of that to a famous artist like Teddy Afro put Minilik on a pedestal is an insult to the Oromo people.

I was such a huge fan of Teddy Afro but I am offended by this song. What offends me even more is the fact no would acknowledge what Minilik did. Everyone is brushing it off and calling the author names and full of hatred. The author touch on a something else that is really important, why is that many artist sing about lets be one, lets united and all that crap but how come none of the singers sing about reality. About the political prisoner, about the people who lost their sons,daughters, fathers,mothers, grandmother and grandfathers. And why is it that when Oromo's talk about their history and what was done to them they are called names and the enemy of Ethiopia.

The reason Ethiopia has a hard time becoming united is the FACT (Abyssinian -Ethiopians, Amhara's,Tigre's) won't acknowledge the unfair treatment of the Oromo people over the last century. If you want to move forward as nation and as a people, stop defending political leaders that killed million of Oromo's and other ethnicities. Of all the Amhara's that I know only few will actually admit the unfair treatment of the Oromo's,Sidama, Gambella, and other minority in Ethiopia.

In conclusion, I still love my Amhara family and friends. Please stop attacking the author and actually think about what he/she wrote. And those who do not agree, then go do your research. Learn about about Oromo people, our history, our culture and our politics. Please people educate yourselves and on the history of Ethiopia. Learn about the other ethnic groups and was done to them. The only way to move forward is through education.

Anonymous said...

This is the most ridiclous piece i have ever read about Teddy Afro. The author is either totally ignorant and watned to make a hate letter about Teddy or either didnot heard the album in the correct way and try to understand it lyrically and historically. YOU SHOULD REMOVE THIS RUBBISH BULLSHIT FROM THE NET. THE INTERNET IS ONE OF THE BEST CREATION OF HUMAN BEINGS AND IT SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR RECKLESS, STUPID AND ACADEMICALLY UNCONVINCING WORKS LIKE THIS.


TRY TO DO SOME RESEARCH BEFORE YOU ACCUSE OF SOME ONE THRIVING ON THE DEAD TO MAKE MONEY. FOR AT LEAST HE IS THE ONE DOING SOMETHING ABOUT WHAT HE BELIEVES IN, THAT IS GOING OUT TO THE PUBLIC AND SPEAKING WHAT HE TRULY BELIVES IN. INSTEAD OF OPENING A SHITTY BLOG AND TRYING TO TRASH A TRIBE'S NAME AND REPUTATION AS WELL AS PEOPLES NAME AND WORK.



YOU ARE A LIVING PROFF OF THE MELES (LEGESE) ZENAWI GENERATION OF YOUTHS AND ITS ADMINISTRATION CREATIONS. YOU ARE THE LIVING PROFF THAT ETHIOPIA HAS NO REAL MAN STAND UP FOR ALL SINCE THE "TIKUR ANBESSA " MILITANTS IN 1935.



YE MUT LIJ HULA


Anonymous said...

There is a road named "Gallows" I hope you may know the meaning of the word. So I don't think King Minilik is the current issue for the majority of Oromo people.