Ethiopian History 101, By: Teddy Afro
First I thought to give the title of this post ‘Teddy Afro punch the ‘ New ‘Historians’ in the gut.’ But, I decline it, to give a more wider caption. And I call It History 101, by: Teddy Afro.
The New Teddy Afro album is amazing as always has been and I prefer to give my reflection on the title of the album called ‘Tikur Sew’.
In Tikur Sew Teddy tries to give a history lesson for Ignorants but, not in a conventional way rather in a new & lovable way.
1. E pluribus unum , Out of Many, One
The first thing that I found Interesting in ‘Tikur Sew’ is Its mentioning of different Patriots & war lords who plays pivotal role in the battle of Adwa, from different Ethnic Group :
❥ First It mention Dejazmach Balcha Aba Nefso, an Oromo patriot
❥ Then Emperor Minilik ( Aba Gagnaw) , from Shewa, Amhara
❥ The Next is Fitawrari Habte Giorgis Dinagde ( Aba Mela ) , a Gurage Patriot
❥ It is Ras Mengesha Yohannes, Tigrian Patriot ( The son of Emperor Yohannes IV from Tigray) turn to be mentioned and followed by.
❥ Ras Alula Engida, another Tigrian Patriot,
❥ And Finnaly, Empress Taytu Betul , another Amhara from Gonder. Comes to Teddy’s enumeration.
Therefore, the first lesson that Teddy try to forward for us is, Adwa is not one man’s or one ethnic group success rather many’s.
2. Teddy Depicts Minilik as African Tikur sew (Black Person)
<< በኔ ግምት የአድዋ ድል ትልቅ ጭብጥ ‹‹የሰውነት ክብር›› ይሰኛል፡፡ ቀደምቶቻችን ወደ አድዋ የጋለቡት በግፍ የተነጠቁትን የሰውነት መታወቂያ ለማስመለስ ነው፡፡>>
From this we can understand that The Battle of Adwa is not battle for boarder transgression or else, it is simply a battle for Identity, that Identity is what Teddy mention as Tikur Sew’s Identity.
3 . Yes, is The Word
The Other thing that I got Impressive is, Teddy’s expression of ‘ unless I say ‘Yes’ for Miniliks & Taytu call to fight with the Europeans, I may lose my Identity.” This is a lesson that told us Ethiopia as One say ‘Yes’ to Miniliks Call for war, without any assumption of their difference.
4. Teddy Mix Amharic & Oromiffa
Teddy try to mingle Amharic & Oromiffa (the two major Ethiopian languages, majority of Ethiopians speaks) . The language of this two ‘competing’ Ethinic group (Oromo & Amhara ) is one of the main agenda in a recent political discourse as well as policy making. So, Teddy’s shoot here is an ‘on target’ shoot.
Teddy says :‘ Ijoollee Biyya Keenyaa ’ in Oromiffa that literally means ‘ የሀገሬ ልጆች’ in Amharic or ‘My Compatriots’ in English . This is a great leap forward to me, for those who feel they are aliens & stranger in the main land.
5. The Music is, MARVELOUS .
At last I want to post some verses from Teddy’s another hit called ” Sel Fiker“:
አፈር ይዞ ውስጡ አረንጓዴ፣
ለምን ይሆን የራበው ሆዴ፡፡
ብራናው ይነበብ ተዘርቶ አትሮንሱ ላይ፡፡
የነ ፋሲለደስ፣ የነ ተዋነይ፡፡
የት ጋር እንደው የኛ ጥበብ መሰረቱ፣
የኋላው ከሌለ የለም የፊቱ፡፡
That Is why I say, Teddy Is Incomparable !