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A Break From Politics: Jebena Presents Fairuz


For decades, the Lebanese singer, Fairuz, has remained one of the most known singers in the Middle East. Her romantic and patriotic songs, her soothing voice and dignified performance has earned her the love of many generations.

To this day, very few singers have reached Firuz’s stature. Today we present to you one of Fairuz’s songs: Years Gone By, Comeback To Me.

Lyrics of the Arabic song was translated by Saleh “Gadi” Johar.

Years Gone By, Comeback To Me

We met before sunset 1
and sat by the old bridge
And strolled in the misty valley
Where the distance and roads blurred
And no one knew of our place
Except the sky and the leaves of Fall
He told me of his love, I love you
And then the sad clouds descended on us

Oh years bygone, come back to me
Comeback to me, comeback once more
And leave me at the doors of childhood
So I can run in the sunny streets

Oh years bygone, come back to me
Comeback to me, comeback once more
Bring back the departed happiness
In some edges, of the open spaces

I remember what they gossiped about me2
When I waited and you forgot to come
And winter fell on me3
When I waited until Summer but you didn’t come.

1. could mean at sunset, or just before sunset.
2. talked, but contextually, it’s gossiped
3. Winter[ered], means “it rained” in Lebanese Arabic.

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  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Dear Awatistas,

    Below is a link calling us for “unity of purpose” and to have a strategy for success. Keep in mind we have to have a common understanding the kind of regime we have.

    http://www.sallina.com/#.VM1AvUdmMCE.facebook

  • Nitricc

    Haha i think it is true. Lol they got a point.nts- Habesha Dating: http://youtu.be/JRP5tcXtFV8

  • Kokhob Selam

    This time you are dead

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Strictly for the Eri-lovers
    Its FekQl Operation weeks, coming February 10-15
    Reason: Here YPFDJ acts as if it owns this history, while some of our oppositions spend their time trying to undo it. That’s the separating criteria, folks. I have been calling to deny PFDJ a free ride on our sacrifices, yet many scolded me as living in old glory. You know what, you build on top of what you founded yesterday. This is our history; it is the history of all Eritreans. This is what drives me to give our revolutionary sacrifices a justly ending- the founding of democratic Eritrea. This is what makes me say, Eritreans deserve better.
    What makes Eritrean revolution special is the fact that it involved all corners of the country and all the depths of our social components. Many so called revolutions involved only a part of their countries, Go check them out, either a certain region, or religious sects, or a certain ethnic group, and then they march to the capital. Eritrean revolution represented all Eritrea, and the heavy sacrifices have been shared almost evenly. So, what is the merit of shunning this fact? How could you win the silent majority when you try to downplay their history? Think.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQ14kyMw2uo

    • Nitricc

      Mahmuday; thanks for the link and that comes the responsibility and burden that comes with it. all i can say is, no worries! we have no choice but to carry on and dispense our obligation. rest assured; it is a promise.

      Now, do you want to know how our state of unity is strong? listen to this song and see how we can sing one song in different language? our state of the nation is strong but not prefect; for now.

      here i dedicated for Mahmuday.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wX6M-vM4VI

      • Kokhob Selam

        using the heroes name and letting those innocent girls and boys sing (using their kindness) trying to attract others will not change the truth. in fact most of the heroes were killed by the criminal group on power today. ask Mengstu,Gadafi, Sedam and all dictators and they will tell you. they were much, much smarter than DIA.

    • Kokhob Selam

      This is completely our history. PFDJ want to take it or want to go damaging it. others want to tell us our history was for nothing since the result is a disastrous -(being under PFDJ) and want us to go back. still others want to convince us reforming PFDJ is the way out etc. all is due to our wrong way of solving contradictions in our revolution days.

      one thing is very true, all this heroism will end useless if PFDJ will be replaced with the same type of dirty group and Eritrea deserves better by paying a little we will have to make a change that we mean to make it -democratic nation. no escape.

  • saay7

    Whoa Mahmuday:

    What a game! A come from behind crushing victory for Seattle. You know Mahmuday, winners win and losers lose. And your team is a winning team. I am stunned, humbled, and go Russell Wilson. The guy has a killer instinct.

    Now on to watch the Pats and Colts game. I am out of predictions… Because winners win and losers are hard wired to lose.

    I was going to link u an EPLF video then I remembered this is politics free zone 🙂

    Congrats Mahmuday!

    saay

    • Mahmud Saleh

      Hey SAAY
      I am still intoxicated with victory, yes, I am feeling like a …..I don’t know how long it will last….anyway, where is nitrickay? I bet he’s licking his wounds. That’s what a miracle mean. Seahawks the greatista dashed G’s almost sure victory.

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Nitrickay

    I have got some ሓፈሻዊ ፖለቲካዊ ትምህርቲ ንኒትሪካት

    “One can attain immortality not by ruling for multiple decades, but by instituting governmental structures that do justice to the living, the dead and posterity. Political wisdom is to have enough ambition to aspire for bigger and better things and enough humility to know your limitations. Our Isaias, however, has plenty of the former and none of the latter. The opposition should not be his mirror-image.” Semere T.Habtemariam

    “The opposition should be pruned up and rejuvenated for it to be seen as an alternative by displaying democratic practices, first, within itself and then in the society at large; and by projecting manifestations of future Eritrea, it should stand out diametrically opposite to what PFDJ is known for.” Aboy MaHmuday

    The following is specifically for you.

    It’s Ogbagabr (martyred, 1983). He is using his Krar; this song was written and made popular in the years 1979-1980; he was with Brig.70. Ogbagabr was from the founding members of the central music troupe, but he left them because he felt doing music was not a soldier (tegadalay) enough. Ogbagabr was feisty, and self-confident guy, he would not listen to petty instructions from his commanders, he was his own. He was a rebellious artist. When the central troupe was reconstituted, in 1981, he refused to come to Arag. Listen to what Ogbagabr is saying: he tells the daily life of tegadalay. It was a grueling 12 years. People think of those years in terms of battles, but the most grueling and time consuming part was activities tegadalay carried out in order to survive.

    The point: keep reminding me of buddies I lost during those years (just your humorous part, not the wild part); keep remembering that Eritrea is a country people like Ogbagabr gave their lives for; it deserves a better custodian.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN7P_oF7Tmk

  • saay7

    For Nitricc only:

    Watch and then give me your feedback. You can ask Mahmuday for help in translation:)

    Saay

    • Nitricc

      SAAY why are you doing this man? I had to listen to it five times just out of pride not to ask Mahmuday : – ) and it is deep! if i have understood it right, this is what i think the point is! it is not who won the argument between two clashing positions or being victories by legality; the real victory is when you amend your differences with the people who disagreed with.
      Now, SAAY, what are you saying? I don’t want be like my friend Aman-H who tells you what you mean : – )
      so, i am going to guess why you brought up this.
      A) you wanted me to make a peace with Dedebit grad.
      B) here is the point for taking the idea of reform. it is a win win situation and that is the real victory.
      C) Eritrea should drop the” I won legality” thing and make a peace with Ethiopia.
      D) Nitricc should not be all happy and giddy because he wins every time he goes against Semere Andom.
      E) none of the above.

      • saay7

        Nitricc:

        I forgot to tell you, Mahmuday is grading you 🙂 since its deep, Mahmuday will also monitor if u internalize the message. Now it’s time for toothless football predictions:

        1. Patriots kill Colts. They have to. It’s Tom Brady vs what’s his name 🙂 If I am wrong on this, all hail House of Stark.
        2. Seahawks get defeated by packers. Wish I said this with confidence but I am still saying it. This is because I want my original prediction of Packers Patriots super bowl to be true.

        saay

        • Nitricc

          SAAY, you called it in mid season that Packers Patriots super bowl, you did, although in a process you cost us Haqi, he was so distraught by your prediction, vanished with out a trace. in case he is reading, Eagles will go no where with Kelly’s system. his system worked in collage but in NFL, no.
          SAAY, i am going to stick going against you for pure bragging rights for the rest of the year.
          so, Colts kill the Pats. I know Seahhawks will lose but just to be the opposite to you, Seahawaks will beat the Packers. you see, Mahmuday, i got your back : – )

  • Nitricc

    Ladies and gentle man; here i am to declare that Nitricc is worst and sucked at it in predicting on this NFL playoffs season.
    And my hats off to HOS, Mahmuday and SAAY. yes, i was beat, i was wrong and i sucked at it. Here i said it. now, i still maintain Seattle is going no where! take that Mahmuday lol; now, i heard SAAY claimed he understands Amharic well, here it is, i was taking a lesson on Amharic slangs and let me pass that to SAAY lol. next time, i will talk to you in Arada language. i hope Tarifawaleh lol

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu0DVz-xE6g

  • Nitricc

    SAAY and Mahmuday

    let me give you a ride in Asmara with the eyes of ESAT’s eye. i wonder what TPLF is thinking? not good.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USJZ8gojhbg#t=68

  • Nitricc

    this girl is something else! she born in Sahil and here love for her country is not surprising. even people who never been in Eritrea are welling to die for Eritrea. true, she coined it perfectly. Qidmi Qedamay. Eritrea is a lucky country.
    I feel bad for Pitter; what a story, what a voice.

    http://eastafro.com/Post/2015/01/09/video-eri-tv-interview-with-meadi-sne-tibeb-star-ariam-woldeab/

    • saay7

      Nitricc:

      The author, Adiam, is probably a gifted writer but the show did her a disservice:

      1. She told the entire plot of the book. So why am I buying the book?
      2. The interviewer made her read entire sections of the book.
      3. There is no audience segmentation in Eritrea: kids, old people watch R rated movies together. Similarly, here, excerpts she was reading (They sound like Penthouse/Playboy letters) are fit for her age group: certainly not children and certainly not the grandpa who was interviewing her.

      Warning: if you are not in Nitriccs age group, it’s unwatchable. Well you can but good luck washing the perv vibes later on.

      saay

      • Nitricc

        SAAY, i was surprised too. but from her body language, she did not expected to reveal that much. I guess, the culture to say no to elders might have played on that particular moment. SAAY, you are making it is like adult only show.lol
        Actually the reason i brought her is that on the main awate forum page, Aman-H asks the question what Eritrea values are and no one gave him an answer to his satisfaction. Tsigereda posted an answer and half of it was heavy tigrigna i was lost. Aman-H abandoned the inquiry when Haile told him he does not know. I was going to say something but the answer should come from a person who lived and knows the culture. so, on this thread to bering Adiam was to make a point, my point was look Adiam, she was born in Himbol Sahil and here i am was born in Chicago, USA but look how we both think when it comes to our country and people? is not the greatest value of all not to forget who you are and where you came? it may not be surprising when people born in Eritrea and left, not to forget and love Eritrea; how do you explain people who never set a foot in Eritrea but they love to death Eritrea?
        in my book that is one of the Eritrean’s value. not to forget who you are, not to forget where come from and to love your country.
        this was the main reason i brought Adiam up but i had to get going and i cut it short.

      • Semere Andom

        Hi Sal:
        I agree with all the points. I am not Nitriccs age group but I watched it and dejavau, a many books with the same plot have been written depicting the same/simialr situations during the armed struggles. The books sounds like Qeya Mosobey by M. Adonai:-)
        The interviewer, I think Asmerom Gerezghier needs Sem A by his side to give thumps up or down 🙂

  • House of Stark

    My pick are as follow
    1) New England
    2) Colt
    NFC
    1) Green Bay
    2) Seattle
    If Carolina upsets Seattle, I want be surprised.

    Conference champ
    AFC :- Colt
    NFC :- Green bay

    Super ball champ

    Green Bay

    Sorry, Mr AT Person of the year, Nitricc said I had to bear this bad news.

    • Nitricc

      House of Stark
      SAAY will agree with you : – )

      okay, let me give you and SAAY my pick. I know Mahmuday won’t like it but i always go out of the box.

      Revens will beat Patriots

      Green bay will beat cowboys, mind you Aron Ragers is in one leg.

      Carolina will beat Seattle upset of the year.

      Denver will destroy Colts.

      lets see how i do and then we go from there.

    • saay7

      HoS is in Da House!

      1) Patriots: agreed. Can’t go against a machine. They are Mr Smith and The Ravens ain’t Neo. Patriots clip Ravens.
      2) Broncos: you mean you are predicting that the team Nitricc was betting would lose against Indianapolis (let’s pause and laugh at him) would win against Denver? In the Broncos vs Colts, the battle of the horses, I am betting on the old horse using the rule of poetic justice: the Colts dumped Manning (old horse) in favor of Luck (néw horse). I am betting on the old horse, limping and all. PS: I am sick of the Nationwide commercials. Broncos send Colts to the glue factory.
      3. Panthers defeat Seattle. Why? Absolutely no reason at all: I would like the noisy Seattle crowd to shut the hell up. And what is football without an upset? Plus I would like to see Mahmuday rant and rave, particularly is there is controversial refereeing. Also Seattle stole our (San Fran) super bowl. The Seattle rain washes away the tears of the Seahawks.
      4. Packers defeat Cowboys. Although both are 12 and 4 and this is theoretically two perfectly matched teams…Romo ain’t Rodgers. Packers send Cowboys Packing.

      saay

      • Nitricc

        since SAAY is taking Packers, i change my mind and i am taking the cowboys. just to go against SAAY and to say, i told you so lol.
        HoS please note my change of stand. cowboys will beat the Packers.

        • saay7

          Nitricc:

          Where is Haqi? Now that guy could call a game? Ermias wasn’t bad either but you chased him off, I don’t remember the reason now. I am not even sure if it was you but something upset ermi and he left to teach us a lesson and I don’t know what the lesson is.

          Die, seattle, die.

          saay

          • Nitricc

            SAAY, Haqi is in deep depression since his beloved team went face first; he gave up on football. the last time i remember was when you commented the super ball preview was the game between Packers and the patriots ; Haqi was fuming that you didn’t include an consider the phllies. so, upon the demise of his team he might just say screw it.
            Ermias; i don’t know. we were fighting but finally we worked it out and he disappear but he is here with us but he uses “guest” there are specific words he uses and that how i detect him. and the lesson was, the usual, plot an argument and make a an ultimatum to leave and get back to it under a guest nick. the point, Ermias is here.

          • Shum

            saay7,

            I believe it was you that chased him off, unknowingly. If memory serves me correct, he was distraught over your tangle with HaileTG during the infamous “Koboro Junkies & Hairy Legs”. He felt you disrespected him and stormed out from the forum in his heels. Before you say “Kab behalus, degamiu”, I had to make the hirsutic reference to jog your memory 🙂

        • saay7

          Nitricc:

          Then you will like this. Welcome to the toothless 1990s:)

          • Nitricc

            SAAY, Nice try lol. people will come up with things just to see what they like. nice. as long as the Fraking continues so do the plummeting price of gas. the entire midwest is waiting to fraked and unless something happens to fraking, expect gas prices to go even lower. anyway back to NFL.
            SAAY, tell me one NFL team who never changed its helmet or uniform from its inception till now. and the team existed over 40 years. no cheating…lol

          • saay7

            Nitricc: I have no idea…is it the Cowboys? “Americas team”? All I know is that in 1979 I had a Cowboys jersey and I had no idea what American football was then. It was just the power of American merchandizing penetrating deep…

            Fracking is an amazing science. When I was a kid, the joke was that Saudi Arabias oil is Eritrean oil that just went downhill to zero sea level (desert.) Fracking is drilling vertically then horizontally. Hope they don’t find oil in Zalambessa 🙂

            SAAY

          • Nitricc

            SAAY don’t do that man! then we have to go to war to claim Zalambessa. we let them have Badime and we will have Zalambessa. oh boy. SAAY Zero sea level? now that is funny.
            Fracking is amazing and very creative but it is not known how and if fracking negatively impacts the environment. i am sure there is something, any time you screw with mother nature, there is a price to pay for generation to come.
            back to my Q
            it is the Browns. since their inception; they never change or manipulate from their original helmet. just last year they commercialized their stadium. till last year it was called the browns stadium but now not any more. it is called now some company name. the reason i paid attention to it is, you know sometimes the NFL forces the teams to wear the throw back uniform and helmet and the browns wear the same thing and i was told that all there. that is how i knew.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Hey nitrikay,
            Are you watching the game? GO seahawks! The Panthers are in dire strait. Look nitrikay, even poor saay admitted it grudgingly. Can you believe it? Out of three NFL teams of California none advanced to play offs. Unbelievable! Look at that. Wow! Saay, take it easy ma man. Two touchdowns within minutes.

          • Nitricc

            Mahmuay, okay I sucked at this prediction, go ahead say it lol. i was bad. well, i was way out on your Seattle team but the Revens throw the game away. they played for 58 minutes the 2 minutes did not play cost them the game. all they had to do run and run why pass? i don’t get it. but i lost, i was wrong on my prediction. okay SAAY, you win.
            Carolina have the best front seven and i thought they will hold you guys in check, but, no, the seahawks did everything the want. fine go head Mahmuday, you win lol. Mahmuday, give your take for todays game. colts vs denver and cowboys vs packers.
            so lets this
            Nitricc 0 SAAY 1
            Nitricc 0 Mahmuday 1

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Nitrickay,
            It’s a tough call, both the GB and the CB are about the same. I will tell you this thopugh: We’re not afraid of neither of them. CB beat us by not so decent measure, we beat the GB, but all in all, our boys are well positioned for the SUPER BOWL. Please convey that to SAAY, and tell him to take it easy.

          • saay7

            Mahmuday:

            What game? The Seahawks were on? I didn’t see it 🙂 I didn’t see the poor Panthers (more like panters) working so hard to get a field goal with some crazy seattle bird doing crazy acrobatics and blocking…twice!

            I didn’t finish the game. I saw an Eritrran movie and it was so bad I decided to organize an emergency “story-telling workshop” in Hollywood. I know Engineer Rodab eats it up but my God it’s awful. The movies title is Ta waHazit lbey…no sorry that’s a Korchach song…this one is Ta something something.

            Saay

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Ahlan saay;
            And welcome to the world of the great Seahaks. Get ready for another year of SUPERBOWL! History could be made by clinching it twice consecutively.
            On the movie: I have the same feeling, and actually I don’t buy it and I don’t watch it online unless forced by my wife. She always bribes me with the traditional coffee; you know the Tigre cofffee has about seven courses and takes alot of time. I love the coffee and my wife, I guess prepares the occasion so that I can watch the movie with her ( she knows I don’t like them) while enjpoying the traditional coffee. I do really fake watching it (just don’t tell her).
            The gossip among those complaining about the qualities of these quick-fix movies is that some vacationing folks from the diaspora pay a couple of thousand dollars to a prospecting producer, a quick plot is developed, actors called in and the scenes are shot. All within that vacationeer’s time in Asmara. The vacationeer becomes the distributor (owner), and the ill-produced DVDs hit the market making saay sigh.
            Side note: Semere has been hinting agedasi hagerawi akheiba with you; he is really worried about your unexplained retreat “Tsom” from awatista. My sources tell me he’s on a big agenda of discussing big issues with you, among which is the dismantling of your school of “chauvenists.”

          • saay7

            Mahmuday:

            Congrats on the Seahawks: they are monsters. (All on steroids, but, hush, let’s keep it within us for now. All that supernatural strength and speed and energy…in a rainy, depressing city? no way:)

            Tell iSem that after the successful democratic coup, awate team did dagmawi sr’rE and I have been asked to focus on the front page and let Mahmuday run the Chauvinist School at the Forum. Didn’t you get the memo when we sent you the Awaitsta of the Year merit badge?

            saay

          • Mahmud Saleh

            SAAY
            It is an irony knowing that Semere was the engineer of that Democratic coup; the good news, the great HTG keeps playing his great role.
            I did not get the memo; perhaps, SGJ is using the old days Gadab (personal) mesengers (aTwaf).

          • saay7

            Mahmuday:

            Tell Sem A, he is just looking for ባዶሽ, a direct outcome of his ቀቢጽ mentality, because he was not able to see things from ሰለስተ ማዕዶ. What can I say: የኸርዞ! Because he doesn’t know the real Eritrean ሕርያታት, angry as he is about things that happened in the 1980s. He is part of the ምትፍናን of Eritreans, part of the cause of the ዕልቕልቕ. No matter, it is going to change by ወድዓዊ situations. We just have to treat all these provocations as the ጥር ንዋት of future conflicts.

            But we have seen it, the ህቦብላ. It will subside, once we consolidate our ብዙሕ ቁጥባዊ opposition. Yeah, ወርጹጽ: we have to approach the oppo not by their names but ጸዓት by ጸዓት. We have to develop a መልሃጂያ and look at it ጽላት by ጽላት. We have to separate the productive sector from the ኣወቃቃዒ. We have to level our ዘይምዕሩይ situation. This is a country where we say no Eri left behind because everybody has paid their ዑርቡን, even if some of them are temporarily charmed by ዞባዊ ጎብለላት as well as the siren call of ዓውለማ of our ክፍለ ገደቦ.

            I just exhausted myself talking like IA 🙂

            saay

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Saay
            My bad friend Abu Noah alkasalawi has been MIA. His last comment on religion was superb though.
            Your mastery of the “sebaay” is beyond perfect as the truly yours and your own cousin hope pointed it out.
            I have a friend who is a good actor specializing in playing PIA character at the end of each year. I guesstimate questions which could be asked, and my friend responds. When the real interview of PIA comes, then we grade each other. My friend is down today because you out performed him.

          • saay7

            Mahmuday:

            A year ago, January 2014, a group in FB was doing an online Forto commemoration festival. It was an art festival: music, poems, fine art. I had promised I would contribute something…and as the deadline approached I had nothing. So I did an impression of Isaias critiquing Eritrean art. It’s a long audio piece and at some future date I hope to publish it:)

            Sem A is probably our greatest satirist. He just needs a long Mai Xelot shower to wash off the Italian ghetto and YG influence:)

            saay

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Ahlan saay
            Yes that would make one alnahda edition. Hope to see it up.
            Semere is tuning his approaches. The guy is becoming more “realistic”, just to separate it from your emperor’s realism. It seems the Rome ghetto incident has left on him an indelible memory. Nitrickay thinks getting him to attend his local mekhete meetings would do the trick better than shipping him off to Maryam derAanto.

          • Semere Andom

            Hi Sal;-)
            ሰማያዊ ስኒ አብ እዝንኻ
            ትሽዓተ ላህጃ ኣብ ሓንጎልካ
            መፍትሕ ሰሌዳ ኣብ አጻብዕካ
            ክንዲ ጭር አብሊካ
            ክሉ ዓም ዎ እንቱም ብኼር
            ናማሕሙዳይ መልእኽቲ ደኣ
            ብሕሽክብ አቢሉ
            ብዓራብ ተዛንዩ
            ብቀጣን ስጋለት ሰጊሩ
            ክም ቅዋም እርትራ
            ብዘልፋ
            ክም በጊዕ ሰንዓፈ
            ብተስፋ
            ክንዓርፈ

          • saay7

            Awesome Sem A:

            I admit it: I suck at ክንዲ ጭር አብሊካክሉ ዓም ዎ እንቱም ብኼር… That’s SGJ’s job, he is awesome at that. I asked him to do that, didn’t he? 🙂 Honestly, I spend 10 hours a day talking to people on Skype, phone, gotomeeting, webex…and I associate audio communications with work. Or, even worse, Paltalk….so my apologies for not calling the people I love:)

            Sem, we have to do an intervention on our friend Rodab: he is lost in Eri youtube, watching and appreciating crap…you have to satirize him, after you satirize your hero YG. I noticed his devoted cult didn’t rush to bring us his latest article, by the way. Blasphemy! Why didn’t you:)

            saay

          • Hope

            Folks,
            Love your chat,kind of jealous.No time for that except my addiciton to the Awate Website.
            BTW,
            SAAY’s latest Al Nahda is NOT only Perfect(without quotaion marks so as to appease Hayat) about the ” Sebaay”,but his analysis over all on the destructive impact of “Isiasism” on the Youth/National Service Vicitms,where only 1 out of 10 High School Grads has a chance to go to school.
            My disappointment is that as to how come we have not appreciated all this crap for the last 20yrs.
            SAAY,can you write a follow up Al Nahda on this issue, please?
            I.e.,as to why we have not figured it out and have failed to take a concrete action.
            I officilaly submitted my questions to Ustaz Saleh Johar and by default,it might cocern you as well.
            That should be a big topic of the day–as to why we have failed as a Nation and as a People NOT to take a concrete action against this kind of unheard of destructive Isiasism.
            Vet and half Cousin Mahmould Saleh and Haile TG should join you on coming with some answers on this topic and challenging question.
            We have known the problems and the possible solutions but why have we failed in getting practical and realistic actions?

            Mind you,my own Aunt(Senior EPLF Teghadalit)told me to my face in 1992 in Keren that I had to leave and go back to where I came from and finsih my school as the EPRP(Secret EPLF Party ) has had a serious agenda against the Youth and the Students/Intellectuals.
            I could NOT believe myself after I witnessed her prophecy materializing live as we speak–after 20yrs!!
            God have MERCY on US.
            We lali senet eghil kulina!

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Dear Hope
            – Eritreans have gone through expected after-revolutions euphoria and shocks. Hayat Adem depicted the flow of events excellently, although in her own way (you know what I mean)- cheers Hayat.
            – Up to 1998, things went fairly positively according to the the game book expected by reasonable folks.Don’t give a hoot the we-told-you-so folks roaringsi.The only force that had liberated Eritrea ran it while preparing its transition.
            – Was there a chance of organizing a national reconciliation process and the formation of a unity provisional government under which referendum and the transition process could have happened? You bet. Bad for us, MaHmuday was not the president. But make no mistake there could have never been a situation where different armed groups could have been welcome into the country. The military is sensitive, and only one command ensures the security of the nation.
            – Events that had taken place around 1998 and after, we are all aware of, which materialized the total veering of PFDJ from its founding principles, resulting into the undemocratic coup of 2001.
            – Many citizens have been resisting, many paid the ultimate prices; politicians, musicians, journalists, civil servants, soldiers..etc. Don’t listen to Hayat gualey. She’s full of YG stuff ዒቕ ክሳብ ዝብላ ጸጊባትሉ። And listen to brother Amanuel only when he talks about the social fabric of our society, otherwise, መንኮርኮሩ ኣብ ሳጃ ሰብዓታት ተሸኪሉ;
            – What’s needed now is a forward looking, hopeful, and pragmatic strategy. As you repeat it, there is no future Eritrea without a national reconciliation; you can’t win the 21st century by thinking 20th century.
            ክንዕወት ኢና.

          • Saleh Johar

            Ahlan btsay Mahmuday,

            The following part from your comment is really a gem: “- Up to 1998, things went fairly positively according to the the game book expected by reasonable folks.Don’t give a hoot the we-told-you-so folks roaringsi.The only force that had liberated Eritrea ran it while preparing its transition.”

            True. Who cares what others did or said, we were the victorious and we have the right to decide on behalf of the people. We didn’t only liberate, actually we conquered, and we earned the right to lord over the people. No regrets. Our attitude is the traditional expression of a conqueror, it is not military intoxication or arrogance as some of the lost sheep claim. Indeed, nothing happened until 1998 if you were with us, let those who claim we jailed people, teachers, elders, opponents and people whose faces we did not like, say so. We decide on everything and we decided it never happened. Let’s also decide to erase from the memories of the rascals that we had of a long honeymoon with the EPRDF, jailing and exiling opponents from Addis Ababa, killing and kidnapping people from Addis to Dessie to Humera. Why didn’t they choose to submit to us? They deserve what they got. Our relations with Ethiopia was to our narrow benefit, not the nation. But who cares, e are conquerors. Indeed, it was milk and honey until 1998. “Don’t give a hoot to the we told you so gangs. We never listen, not to the rejected anyway! It was excellent until 1998, for evidence, look where we are. Dams, electricity and importantly Hade Hzbi Hade Lbi, a united nation, strong, a regime whose pastime is trampling over the weaklings. Indeed, though their we told you so is a result of our rejection, our refusal to admit the quagmire we led Eritrea to, our 23 year hellish rule, as opposed to 30 years of another hell, is a testimony that until 1998 it was good. So Mahmuday, who gives a hoot as long as we change so little the more we change. And change, particularly in attitudes, is something only the weak do. We are conquerors, nor weak. Keep it up Mahmuday, you uplifted my spirit.

          • Semere Andom

            Hi Saleh:
            I was also uplifted but unlike you I was not thankful, I had to wait until someone had to shame me for not thanking the kindness of friends and here I am following in your foot steps to also acknowledge the veracity, truthfulness that came from the heaves. It was manna. Thanks Wedi-Saleh again.
            Also Emma shame on you, Hayat shame for not recognizing the gem that Saleh has mined. Hurry acknowledge and thank Wedi-Saleh because gems will soon be dime a dozen as new technology will do to carbon what mother nature does and produce flawless gems such as diamonds. Now is your chance to enjoy the gems by attributing it to its mother nature, who is non other than our own Wedi-Saleh. Pay close attention not to attribute it to MaHmuday
            Sem

          • saay7

            Cousin Hope:

            Isn’t this a politics free zone? Antum bejakhum can’t you let’s us take a break and talk music, sports, arts…. Anyway, because you are my special cousin, here’s your answer: you said, “how come we have not appreciated all this crap for the last 20 years. SAAY, can you write a follow up Al Nahda on this issue, please?”

            I don’t know about “we”, but I can tell you about me. This is why I thought, for a long time, this dude is the most qualified to lead Eritrea (Nobody was even remotely close.) Here’s the sebaay (qul hua allah tgbae deebu) digging deep into the Eritrean psyche and verbalizing it.

            saay

            http://vimeo.com/113552580

          • Hope

            Thanks Special Cousin.I meant it!
            We=those naive majority like me,not like you as you already picked up your double edged sword/pen in 2001 with ‘Tiwgah Emo”.
            I am just expressing my frustration…..as to why as a Nnation and as a People have been that much blind,deaf/dumb and mute.
            I don’t get it.That is why I am asking you to focus on this weakness,dumbness,muteness,silence,weakness,for lack of a concrete action despite it has been needed badly.My apology for being in the wrong spot here.

          • Semere Andom

            Good Sunday Mahmuday and Sal:
            Mahmuday your last comment reminds me this old Eritrea lady who in Sudan who called every Muslim person “Mohammed” and now your are linking the “chauvenists” description by Sal to poor Sem? Hisebelu
            Do not confuse everyone who seemingly disagreed with Sal that he/sh described him as chauvenists.
            Sal, you did not correct him? Also I not approve Mahmuday as a messenger as he has proved to be “Luuk Halibo”
            Both if I did not see the latent joke/humur/nukta/waza please explain, it defeats the purposes but better be considered/counted humorless than being perceived as the awatista who called Sal a chauvenists

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Ya Abu Noah,
            Waza senbet eyu. So let’ pill off the surface layer of the onion: I swear you have never called saay “the bad head of the school of chauvinists. ” Oh well, just to get it straight, sga seahawks ileka you never called him running the school cross Breeding Eritreans in order to create a new generation of PFDJ-2. Hfoonay was mentioned as someone mediating the reversal of the coup. If it was not clear, it was strictly due to the translator who happens to be an Ex – EPLF jindi. Now that should be humorless, cold and dry. And I swear I will not play Jon Stewart here, never ever again. Because the last person I thought understands my jokes has failed to do so. Too many swearing, but here is one more swearing: I swear I won’t remember that I have sworn not to make jokes again. Happy senbet my baddest friend.

          • Semere Andom

            Hala MaHmuday
            Neqefetay teqebileya aleku , waza ka qetslu. Ezi neqfeta neay kem mealtawi hibsti iyu:-)
            hade gize fetinkas, dagim fetin mnalbash iti laeleway eda natka ykewin
            misunderstand ktgebirn misunderstood ktkewinin zelon zineben iy, now Tim alaya 🙂

      • Hose of Stark

        Dear Saay7
        Old horse, ah ah!!!!. Some times to pick the a young colt is much more satisfying.

        • saay7

          Hey HoS:

          I guess so. That was painful. Manning should shoot a new Nationwide commercial and say, using their jingle, I just took a beating.

          At least, unlike Nitricc, I didn’t back the Cowboys. I am sure he will say we was robbed.

          Admit it: are you really confident that the Packers will beat the unnatural Seahawks? And the Colts will beat Patriots? Really?

          saay

  • haileTG

    ንቋቑሖ’ዶ ይበሃል እዩ ሞይታ፡
    መዓስ’ከ ነይራ ብህይወታ፡
    ከይጨጨሔት፡ ኣዲኣ ከይሓቖፈታ፡
    ከይነቆሐት፡ ኣኺላ ሰዓታ፡
    እንድዕላ’ምበር ሱሳ’ላታ።

    ኣይደልን ኣይተቃቡሩኒ፡
    ርሓቑለይ ኣብ ቆይቂ ከይተእትውኒ፡
    እንታይ፡ ቀተላ ኣይትሕተቱኒ፡
    ከምዛ ዘይትፈልጡ፡ ከምዛ ዘየቃተልኩሙኒ፡
    ተማሂረ’ለኹ፡ ናተይ ናይ በይነይ’ያ ሕጂ ተድልየኒ።

    ሃይለ

  • Nitricc

    Okay lets do some sport. I know it too late now but when our Haqi predict the Philly Eagles with fat slop; i meant to tell him they will be eliminated in the first round playoff. i was wrong! they never made it. haqi, come out and apologize to SAAY who predicted patriots vs packers. after this weeks playoff results i will give you my pick. but the Pats won’t be in the super ball. if anyone predict Ohio state to be in national champion please come forward, you are the one. when i watched them lose to V-tech, i wrote them off, again i was wrong. you got give it to mayers; he is good and Ohio state will win over Oregon.
    now, Cinci Vs Indiana. I take Cinci, take a not they never won a playoff in the last 4 years they have been in. it os about freaking time.
    Revens Vs Steelers. I take the Revens. i know they are under dog and they are playing in Pts. but still i take Ravens.

    • saay7

      Nitricc:

      Don’t mess with Haqi: the man has a perfect record at calling games when it matters:) I think his was a cautionary tale: the game is unpredictable this early and back then the Eagles looked good and everyone expected the Cowboys to fold.

      You called it: Ravens destroyed Steelers. On the Cincinati v Indianapolis game I think I will pick your opposite. For reasons you gave and the Colts are hosting. At the very least I expect you to tell me why the Colts are such a “toothless” team.

      By the way the 49ers are interviewing even Martians for coach. All we need is someone who says his mission statement is: destroy Seattle.

      saay

      • Nitricc

        SAAY, Haqi sleeps while he watchs the game, so, there is a good chance he misses the game : – ).
        anyway; I told Haqi when cheep kally was haired, if he didn’t win super ball within two years, he will never get there; because others teams will prepare for his style. his game style works well for collage, everyone is 18-20 years but in pro; it is impossible to maintain that kind energy out put. the point, Haqi is doomed. the eagles going no where with cheep.
        regarding Colts vs Cinci
        Cinci, have everything but a qourterback and the colts have nothing but a quarterback. now, you tell me SAAY, which one would you take? well, that is the reason i took cinci.
        one more thing. Cowboys will win over the Detroit lions.
        one more thing the Seattle will not make it to the super bowl, sorry Mahmuday.
        49ers, should go after John Guruden if they can make him leave the analyst gig he has.

  • Rodab

    Happy 2015.
    2015 ኣብ ውሽጥን ደገን ንዝነብር ህዝብና ዓመት ሰላምን ራህዋን ሕምባሻን ይግበራ።
    ንዓኻትኩም ከኣ ወረስቲ ጸጋን ጥዕናን ይግበርኩም።
    P.S. Himbasha courtesy social media.

  • Rodab

    A powerful Tigrigna movie – zeytefetseme hiwet – has been released.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TFBZnjrAPI
    Good Sunday.

    • saay7

      Hey Rodab:

      I actually saw this movie. I was thinking of doing a review…

      I won’t ruin it but there is a scene where the heroine is asking a, um, professional for an answer to her question and the professional goes into a long “Hilmi derho”…

      One thing I like about this movie is it shows that unlike the image displayed by other Eritrean movies not everyone lives in big fat villas

      saay

      • Rodab

        Alora Sal,
        This is a refreshing movie. I hadn’t seen Tigrigna movies in a while. I love the way they opened and closed it, including the blooper clips.
        Art (mainly movies and music) is one of the very few fields that are showing signs of life in today’s Eritrea.
        The potential is there ready to propel awaiting green lights.

        • saay7

          Engineer Rodab:

          You didn’t think the messages were heavy handed and too many? There are enough messages in the movie to put Western Union out of business.

          Now if u want a well done series that has clever dialogue, amazing chemistry…then go for Sdra. There is a segment I would like to chop for our final and binding we won! crowd 🙂

          Saay

          • Rodab

            Sal,
            Well yeah, ‘two birds in one stone’ is common in Tigrigna movies where ‘subordinate’ or egre-megediKa messages are inserted to re-enforce the master message. Drug-addition was there to tell people ‘you see what you did, instead of sending abroad the qualified…” but hey, let’s not spoil it.
            SaliH Saed did a wonderful job, damn it we don’t have annual movie awards, Golden, Oscar and what not.
            Anyway the fact that the movie generated 17K+ viewership in less than 24 hours says it all. Really nice movie!

          • saay7

            Selamat Rodab:

            More like 5 birds with one stone…:) Agree on the art renaissance of sorts (music, movies, comedy shows) but not much in the book department. Did you see “Suwue tezaribu” and “Mama tHamem Ala?”

            Sports? Just the solo sports are doing well (running, biking.) We are not doing too well in team sports.

            Anyway, I should say something nice about “zeytefetsme hiwet”: the cinematography is good, the acting is good, and so is the dialogue. The melodrama and the 5 brocollis (heavy-handed “its good for you” messages:) is what I didn’t like.

            saay

          • Eyob Medhane

            Sal,

            I have to return the favor, I guess.

            This song is an old song ruined by some young punk…But, why was it chosen for you, it has some Bilen dance influence in it… The original singer of this song is Gashaw Adal (RIP) The cover is by… (God knows what his name is ) Just watch the dance
            http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=und1rETET-8

          • saay7

            Haha Oldest Young Man Eyob:

            The credits say the name of the “punk” is Wendi Mok (wendiwesen mekonen)

            I say the cover is better (**much better**) than the original.

            I have a doctors appointment to have my eyes checked because I didn’t see any “Blin dance” as you claimed.

            saay

          • Rodab

            Sal,
            Here is the most TigHarigna song. Bisrat was born after or around independence and I have no idea where the got the idea or influence to do this.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CkL5m84FaA

  • Rodab

    BBC News features African proverbs. Today’s was sent from Sierra Leone and reads,
    “When you don’t get along with a hunter in town, don’t follow him to the bush”
    I thought it was interesting and searched for more there on the BBC website. There were many including the following sent from Ethiopia which was in Amaringlish (and Tinglish, really),
    “A cow gave birth to a fire; she wanted to lick it, but it burned; she wanted to leave it, but she could not because it was her own child”

    Few more, just for fun:

    An Ethiopian proverb: The child of the Blue Nile River went thirsty.

    A Liberian proverb: A monkey that eats with both hands will sooner or later fall from the tree.

    A Zambian proverb: A stone under water will never know when it is raining.

    A Ugandan proverb: Tears are best dried with your own hand.

    A Swahili proverb: A bad dancer blames the drummer.

    A Hausa proverb: Travelling slowly doesn’t stop one from arriving, says the tortoise.

    A Somali proverb: Even our tongues and our teeth sometimes clash.

    A Sudanese proverb: If a dog bites you and you don’t bite him back, it will say you have no teeth.

    Source: BBC News – Africa.

    • Abinet

      Rodab
      Good ones!
      There is an Amharic proverb that I always think of every time I read about EPLF/ EPRDF . I like to share it with you.
      “KeAbro adegih gar atsaded ”
      I hope you get it

  • Saleh Johar

    Someone wrote me an admonishing message and said, “why are you posting Arabic songs we don’t want to see these songs.” I think I saw a similar comment on one of the threads. I would like the person to visit the eleventh century, first, because he has a long way to go before he arrive tot the 20th century. Why the 20th century? Below is a quote by Imam Abu Hamid AlGhazali who lived in the eleventh century!

    “A person who’s not moved by the Lute and its tunes; by Spring and its flowers; by the pastures and its birds; has a sick mood needs cure.”

  • T..T.

    Thanks Awate-staff for the translation and sharing the song.

    Indeed, most of the Eritreans have vivid memories of their childhood. This is not a break from politics. It is really, the real politics that haunt each of us. For some who have combined memories of pre-independence days and post-independence days, their memories are associated with fearful events. The fear depends on whether parents’ over-protectiveness of their children is express by:

    The child is wanted to make a dart (run) for the house (in pre-independence days).

    The child is begged to make a dart (run) for the border crossing into Ethiopian or Sudan or Yemen (in post-independence days).

    Therefore, the bygone days respectively are about:

    Experiences of fear and hope (promising revolution) – vivid memories of childhood with neighborhood children,

    Experience of fear and run away (lost promise of the revolution) – vivid memories of fears while crossing the border and new life away from family. And those who do not cross the border suffer from a walking-fear that follows them so long they are within the reach of the Isayasists.

    In childhood reminiscence, the memories are recalled with those of same intakes. Those of post-independence childhood days are full of horrible experiences and upheavals throughout each
    child’s childhood journey. These are the days or bygones that Eritreans do not nurture with gracious talks and that is why the embraced memories are told with quivering voice and eyes welling with tears.

  • Rodab

    I recently discovered a wonderful app for non-stop Eritrean music. It’s called HabeshRadio.
    Can be found on the app store and is free.
    It has a calming effect and I recommend particularly for those who get worked up over nothing:-)

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