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Girmay Gebru - Author, Poet and Journalist

Kiros Alemayohu (1948 - 1994)

Kiros Alemayohu

Kiros Alemayohu was one the most talented artists in Ethiopia. He was the most original and visionary Tigraigna artist and highly appreciated by his many fans.

Kiros was born to his father Girazmach Alemayehu Meles and Mrs. Qeleb Gebre mesqel in the eastern part of Tigray region, in a village known as Saesi Tsaedaemba in 1948 (1940 E.C). He went to school in the nearby city of Wukro and then joined Atse Yohannes High School in Mekelle.

Kiros was a prolific song writer and singer. He popularized Tigrigna songs through his albums to the non-Tigrinya speaking Ethiopians. Before joining Ras Theatre in 1975E.C (circa 1982-1983) where he published his first Album, Kiros had worked as assistant trainer of Tigray Musical Troupe. Some of his songs include "Anguay fisis", "Fililiy" ,"Selam Hawa", "Suwur Fikri" "Adey Mekele". Kiros along with other musicians had played in Libya and other middle eastern countries.[1] A memorial library is under construction in Wukro near his birthplace.

Kiros died from intestinal complications in 1994.

Welcome to Meqalih Yared Bahili Tigrai
Kiros Alemayohu

This section is dedicated to the legend Tigraigna artist, composer, and song writer - Kiros Alemayohu.

Kiros Alemayohu was one the most talented artists in Ethiopia. He was the most original and visionary Tigraigna artist and highly appreciated by his many fans.

    The Mission of this website is:
  • To promote and encourage Tigraian artists and their work
  • To promote Tigrai Art, Music and Culture
  • To encourage and inspire Ethiopian music in general


St. Yared - is the father of Ethiopian religious music with its notation which is still valid to this day. He tried his hand at writing and composed a book of hymns. He traveled to Europe and shared his experience with his fellow Ethiopians.

The contribution of St. Yared to Ethiopian civilization was not limited only to education and music. He played an important role in enhancing literature, theology, philosophy and history. In his Digwa, a book of hymns and prose, he demonstrates his knowledge of verification and provides the fundamentals of theology, philosophy as well as history by explaining the nature of God, the importance of the love for wisdom and by laying the corner-stone for early Ethiopian church history.

The peoples of Tigray have enriched Ethiopian music and dance. They have unique dance, melody and drumming system. Their language is rich in vocabulary, proverbs, sayings, idioms, riddles and folk tales which have broadened Amharic language and folklore. Tigreyan writers who compose their works in both Tigregna and Amharic languages have contributed immensely to the development of Ethiopian literature.

In the past two thousand years Tigreyans have played a vital role in Ethiopian history, government, politics, military, economy, commerce, religion, social life, architecture, culture, education, art, music, linguistics, literature and philosophy.

an excerpt from Fikre Tolossa (Ph.D) article

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Gebru Asrat

Gebru Asrat is a former president of Tigray Region (1991–2001) and one of the top leaders and executive central committee member as well as politburo member of the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF), and the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front.

Gebru was born in Mekelle, a city in Enderta county, part of Tigray province of Ethiopia and attended Atse Yohannes High School and Haile Selassie University at the height of the Ethiopian student movement of the early 1970s. After the TPLF defeated the Derg in the Ethiopian Civil War, Gebru became governor of Tigray.

Ethio-Eritrea War: - When Ethiopia refused to demarcate a desputed border( despite the ruling by the international court in Hague)http://www.pca-cpa.org/showpage.asp?pag_id=1150 a costly war which led to the death of tens of thousands of people on both sides.[2] By the end of the devastating war, the Ethiopian army recovered the town of Badme and drove back Eritrean forces until they controlled around one-third of Eritrean territory, including Barentu region.

However, Meles Zenawi signed a controversial UN peace treaty that was seen to have favored Eritrea. This decision angered many Ethiopians and caused an internal division inside the Ethiopian ruling party. The faction critical of Meles, led by Defense Minister Siye Abraha, and Gebru Asrat, the then influential governor of Tigray disagreed with those aligned with Meles over "key issues of ideology", accused their supporters of corruption and Meles of failing to act quickly or decisively enough over the crisis with Eritrea. "Meles was certainly seen as a reluctant warrior," according to a source quoted by IRIN.[3] The party was divided into two groups. One group, which included Gebru, Tewolde Wolde Mariam, Aregash, and Siye Abraha, believed that the leadership was bent on serving foreign "imperialist" interests. The other group which included Meles Zenawi argued that the TPLF was sinking into decadence, involving itself in Bonapartism.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org

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