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Jebena Presents Anis Shoshan: The Artist Of Peace

Overnight, Anis Shoshan, a Tunisian poet became a household name around the world. On April 22, 2015, Hannibal Television aired a program called “Taalu Nehkiyu” (Let’s Talk). Anis was sitting at the studio when he was given the microphone to blast his poem of peace that immediately went viral, and carried his name beyond Tunisia and the Meqrib countries, to the rest of the world. His revolutionary poems go back to the days of the Tunisian uprising, and one of his poems entitled “Alesh Ya Hekuma” (Why O’ Government?), harshly criticized the government. Anis Shoshan is nicknamed the Artist of Peace.

In the following poem translated by Awate.com, Anis addresses the issue of peace, society, racism and religious extremism. The youtube clip of the poem is embedded on this page. Enjoy.

PEACE

Peace on you, and peace on us
Peace to you, and peace to us,
Peace to those who respond to the offer of peace
And even to those who don’t
Peace,
On the name of God, peace
The eternal refuge, the God of the faithful
Peace in which we grew up
Peace kneaded with the ground of this country
A peace we no longer dwell in
Peace that no longer dwells within us
The peace that we observe,
As it packs its luggage to leave our lands, slowly, and gradually
To be replaced by submission and surrender,
And Islamization devoid of Islam
As if the Islam of our ancestors doesn’t concern it.
Do you know why peace leaves us?
Do you know why we are engulfed by darkness?
Simply, because we are a fearful society
We are a society that fears diversity
My words, might not please some of you,
Or most of you
Or, all of you
I know!
But I will say it
Because I refuse to be like a sheep
We are a society, that refuses to admit
We nest in backwardness
We are a society that screams with all insolence
Claiming to carry a different thought
We are a society, that indulges in arrogance, in a vacuum
And claims to be a cultured
Woe to me, what a disgust!
We embrace diversity only as a mask
The difference of colors harms us
The difference of forms harms us
The difference of thoughts harms us
The difference of religion harms us
Even the difference of gender harms us
Thus, we attempt to kill our diversity
And we became a lethal poison to each other
We are a society sillier than the fool
Yes, we are a society sillier than the fool
We dispute over trivialities, exaggerations, and superstitions
We consistently refuse to dive into the deep
And I don’t absolve anyone
Neither civilians nor politicians
Or anyone who is calm in the dull quietness
Neither the one who claims we are holy
Nor the one who blindly follows the West
Or those who want to recreate the glories of the caliphate, and slavery
And to the amputation of legs over differences
Let us today, try to dive inside ourselves,
inside our deepness
Let us try to embrace our souls
Let us try to embrace our diversity inside our souls
Here I am,
In front of you
With my color,
with my hair,
And my poems,
And with my whimsical thoughts
I am not afraid of you
I am not afraid of your differences over me
Because I am of you
And you are of me
Let’s create art
let’s dive into the dreams
To build a culture immune of ridicule
To instill sophistication in ourselves,
In its superior state
Let’s dissolve traditions, races, specters, thoughts, colors, and religions
So we do not see, except a human.

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  • Fanti Ghana

    Hello Everyone,
    Kirar players, you are in trouble!
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=f5lJN_g3Qus

    • saay7

      Selamat Fanti:

      Nice! I will now officially throw away my Krar. 🙂

      Now here’s a video dedicated to you, Eyob and Abi:

      To you because you told us not to mess with any of the gazillion versions of Bati;

      To Eyob because he will tell me “this is horrible! Here’s the original!” and then refer me to a scratchy mc scratchy version;

      To Abinet because he almost had accident once staring at the woman in the video:

      http://youtu.be/lKnqPschcVs

      Saay

      • Eyob Medhane

        Sal,

        No scratchy version, today. Instead, I will take you to Desse, with the immortal..(She is still alive, despite old age and she will live for much longer) Woizero Maritu Legesse…

        https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Yi37EhgS1ME

  • saay7

    Selamat Adomo:

    Blues rules. Robert Johnson (Cross Roads), Muddy Waters (the inspiration for the Rolling Stones and every British rock band of the 1960s), Bo Diddley ( (RIP)…. I saw BB King in 1980s, unfortunately, that was when he was in his “pop” phase and he refused to play his guitar (Lucy) for anything but “The Thrill is Gone.”

    You mentioned Tigre and Tigrinya blues. Have you checked out Amharic blues? You should check out Yoseph Bekele (I hear he gave up worldly music for religious mezmur now: that gave me the blues:) His “ewedeshalehu” is an Ethiopianized version of the classic “Bad to The Bone.”

    https://youtu.be/mrhMgKkGrX0

    Then there is this: enjoy him before he gets a call from God.

    saay

    https://youtu.be/4QwHlrOVPyQ

    • Eyob Medhane

      Sal,

      I think Yoseph Bekele left the “worldly” music scene, because of lack of talent.. 🙂 Sorry. He sucks..The song that impressed you, the blues, actually was originally done by the immortal Alemayehu Eshete…Let me show you a blues. It’s about….well..blues…

      Tadele Roba…

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1xrQ7MGcn8

      • saay7

        Haha Eyobai:

        What a hater you are. Actually both songs, your fave and my fave (Alemayehu who? jk. Never was into him although every Eritrean of my generation is, I think it is the law), are in the same album: Nahom Favorite 16. In fact, they are one song apart and that song is Getish Mamo’s Besidet Lay Fikir:) Now THAT one, we can both agree, is lame lame lame:) It is so toothless that it is probably Mizaan’s favorite song.

        saay

        • Eyob Medhane

          Sal,

          Oh boy..you are about to lose your ‘closet Ethiopian’title. The backup singer you dismissed as “chipmunk” is actually one of the most favorite falseto sound that Ethiopian traditional Azmaris use for all of our 3000 years history.. 🙂 It’s authentic, it’s home grown and we are very much proud of it..I am on a mission to make you like it and also Alemayehu Eshete…

          Let me start with Alemayehu. Here is a two generation fusion of Alemayehu Eshete and Henok Abebe..Listen to this like Alemayehu, then I will be back with something that will make you love the ‘Azmari’ voice…

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df5RTPTt00k

          • saay7

            Hey Eyobai:

            Chimpmunk is chimpmunk:) Just to help u understand the difference between chipmunk voice and female voice, here is a non-chimpmunk voice (Kuku) in a duet with Alemayehu. Notice Alemayehu’s motown-style “singing-for-hearing-impaired” hand-motions. just to help u understander difference between female voice and chipmunk voice:)

            And, dude, a female from Tigray is Tigraweyti and not Tigraway. Tsk tsk tsk.

            saay

            https://youtu.be/ljvZwj6qqV8?list=PL4DD29A5E2CF2668B

          • Eyob Medhane

            Sal,

            I just actually figured out today that Gash Saleh knows music better than you… 🙂

            Ah… the 70s, black and white films, funny haircuts, weird hand gestures…VERY conservative women clothing….Very interesting… 🙂

            P.S Tigrigna for me is what Afan Oromo for you. So, get off my case… 🙂

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Eyob,

            Habesha musicians are doing fine. without leaving their original heats they have joined international tones. here go slow and memory with that beauty brown Tigist,

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqMkCfDHc5s

          • Eyob Medhane

            Kokhob,

            Ahhhhhh…This singer is one of the most horrible, horrendous, awful singers that Ethiopia has ever produced, in my opinion. Did I mention horrible? Ewwwwww….

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Eyob,
            My friend ካፈቀሩ ከነንፍጡ ኣይደል ! when I said I love Ethiopia it is with all Ethiopia have. Lol.

          • saay7

            Hey Eyob:

            I was trying to figure out how to make your head explode? Something that has to do with Arabs…Then I got it: Amharic set to Arabic music! Gosaye and his “Ewedehalehu Bla”. (If you want amharic set to Flamenco music, then try “Tuxedo” Links for both provided below.)

            Bonus: No backup singers with chipmunk voices involved in the creation of this song:)

            http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_3523108

            saay

          • Eyob Medhane

            Ha Sal,

            No Ethiopian music will do with out the unique Ethiopian Falsito..Be it Gosaye or anyone..Your Arab link Gossaye song, by the way is his least known song.. 🙂 But, his most popular one is this one… Enjoy… 🙂

            https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=geKfZR_rRog

      • Saleh Johar

        That is beautiful Eyob,
        Still, I prefer that song without its western additions. You could be too young to remember but there was a famous enough azmari bet in Addis. I believe the name of the owner was Brsat. And she had an out of this world voice. Every time I went there I request that song and another : ere Bati-Bati. It was fun.

        • Eyob Medhane

          Gash Saleh,

          I wish Sal understands it like you do. I think the famous Azamari bet owner you are speaking of is Biseat Seyoum. I know that because in recent interview, she said she had ‘Azmari bet’.. 🙂

          I would like to invite you one of her really early comedic Azmari songs..(I am sure you heard of it, but laugh with it again)

          One trivia about Biseat is even though almost 100% of her songs are in Amharic, she is Tigraway. (I think she had two or three Tigrigna songs, but I don’t think she is good at it) 🙂

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edcs_3FiH-E

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Eyobai,
            correction – she is tigraweyti instead of she is tigraway. Tigraway is for male.

          • Eyob Medhane

            Kokhob,

            How about I do this..She is Tigreian… 🙂

            Thank you for the correction…

          • Pass the salt

            You watch EriTv a lot, I guess, for nothing. I don’t which Tigrigna words you’re picking. May be the crazy ones only.

          • Eyob Medhane

            Pass the Salt,

            Huh? Do I watch Eri TV a lot? I didn’t know that..Thank you for letting me know…

  • Kim Hanna

    Selam Adomo,
    .
    I am curious when you said that you have old collection of Tigrignia songs. Do you have some that was popular on Ethiopian radio around 1960-1965 Tigrignia songs. A particular song I have in mind ushering in the unity of Ethiopia and Eritrea, talked about Addis Ababa and Asmara–the distance between them and was playing on the radio frequently. It was sort of the blues with a fantastic voice behind it. I don’t remember his name. I am pretty sure he was not very popular in Asmara later on in the sixties, after attitudes begin to change.
    .
    K.H

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Hello Awatistas

    Today, the world of music, and particularly of blues lovers, has lost one of its giants, BB King. He died last night at age 89. BB King is perhaps the last of the great blues generation, a genre of music closely related to and associated with the hardship that African Americans experienced. The man thought to be the Godfather of blues, Robert Johnson, left 29 tracks recorded in the years 1936/37. Robert died mysteriously at age 27. He is considered one of the best blues guitarist and a man who contributed hugely to emergence of blues as a distinctive musical genre. BB King generation is credited from keeping that torch alight and making blues the bedrock of future music genres. Blues aficionados and music historians believe that blues, like jazz, is an American music. Most of the literature I read try to explain African roots, but the music had evolved in the deep south, around the Mississippi Delta, as an expression of the hardship African Americans faced.

    Blues is just blues, it’s the feeling, it’s an emotion, it is a motion it is life, full of moments of hope and sorrow. What makes it different is the feeling; you can’t fake movements and expressions by ear-deafening amplifiers and fiery note-picking. You can’t fake it either with the stage acts that often accompany other music such as heavy metal and rock. It is from the heart. Blues legends such as Elmore James, Sun House, Muddy Waters, Albert King, Freddie King…Buddy Guy…BB king tear up while their guitars wail; the licks they produce are deliberate; the phrasing are all meant something; the solo is deliberate; any move they make is purposeful; all those musical acts accompany stories. They tell stories from the depth of their hearts.

    At first, the blues sounds to be easy, especially for music whose skeleton is the pentatonic notes, such as Sudanese, Ethio-Eritrean, Somali…Malian…because, unlike jazz, you have very few notes to play around, and pretty much restricted moves; you don’t have that bigger a space to keep improvising over endless chords. However, once, you try to learn blues, you get amazed by how sophisticated the music is.

    I run for the first time into BB King music in 1984. Right after the liberation of Teseney, a friend gave me that cassette, it took me time to appreciate the music; but it was not like the discos of that time; and I would not brag about it. I just listened to it whenever I got the chance. I did not even care who the heck BB King was. I lost it sometime in 1988. That was it until around 1996/97 when BB King was featured in Public Television (PBS). Once I listened to the sound of the guitar, the cassette that I had lost 10 years before clicked. It was a good show. Even though it was totally different, images of the Rababh of Barka flooded my head.

    The blues is probably the closest genre to Ethiopian and by extension to the regions music. First it is played in minor pentatonic notes; laid over three chords. And that scale gives it the shared property with the music of our region. But what differentiates is that a minor scale is played over a major, and in that a slightly different major, chords. That plus the blue notes (sweet notes added to the minor pentatonic/or even major, gives the blues the hear wrecking and soulful deep feeling.

    BB King guitar has a name, it’s called “Lucy”, they have been together for decades; his last show was in October last year. RIP BB King The Great .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fk2prKnYnI

    and here is BB King singing for his beloved guitar, “Lucy”

    • Nitricc

      Mahmuday your post made me think something different. Is blue a black thing to what is country to the whites? I know that blue was originally blacks creation.
      Saying that is the following song can be classified as a blue? If not how would you classify it?

      http://youtu.be/B1MS6ejT9ek

      • Mahmud Saleh

        Dear Gen.Nit, Ted…SAAY, ADOMO

        Adomo, thanks for the reply. You have a blues guy here too, so welcome.

        Gen.Nit: So, this is originally Mahmoud Ahmed song, abi can correct me if I’m wrong. It sounds to me that the key is D flat, and it is in a major pentatonic. It has all the feel of easily getting converted into blues standard. The blues has its own rules. It has a feel, you just have to make it sound bluesy. That feeling is created by following a standard blues bars (usually 12 bars; it’s the span of the melodic line from the key note (home back to it) played over special major chords called dominant chords (particular notes harmonized around I, IV and V notes of the song). That plus the beat or shuffle, and the bluesy notes in the scale make a song bluesy. Players know how to attack an instrument in order to create that suspension and get that soulful sound that could only come out from an injured heart. Another important point is knowing how to resolve the suspension and tension back to the key note (starting note of the song, or making a home run), that’s making the ears of your audience want to relax, go back to the home key note. They call that part of the progression a turnaround and it follows pretty much similar feel although with minor differences according to the experience of the player. Some like BB King developed their own way around, others use the relation between jazz and blues and make quick chord successions and then back to the Key note. The purpose is to create a soft landing if you will, or a cadence. I think that’s enough for now.

        But what makes this music addictive is its authenticity. It’s deep from the heart, and usually, it’s tempo/beat is based on patters of sounds of daily occurrences such as the rhythm a group of workers create in the field, hitting the ground with hoes at a regular interval, the sound of horses galloping, the wheels of train…The beat/shuffle that easily comes to me is the way a camel walks ( you got it, I am a typical wedi-Tigre), for you it could be when your heart gets bluesy beat when your chick comes to your mind)…ha…ha… There are different varieties: The delta blues…Chicago blues, Texas shuffle/blues…

        In our music I could think of many songs that were written based on or influenced by the blues. For instance Osman Abdulrehim’s “nefaHito entezKewn”…”tnebr neira Qoxara…” and many others.

        One final notes: listen how Abona Tewelda Redda attacks his guitar notes. He appears to have been influenced by great blues guitarists. He uses all the sweet bluesy notes and that’s what makes his style distinctively his personal signiture. Every Eritrean guitar player has probably tried to copy Tewelde Redda.

        Ted: Thanks for your reply, I could not reply in time because of …you know it…TIME.

        Correction: I wrote that BB King’s guitar’s name was Lucy. The correct name is Lucille. Lucy was the name of Albert King’s guitar, another blues’ great. Here is Albert singing his signature song ” Born under a bad sign”. Accompanying him is the great Stevie Ray Vaughn (RIP both). SRV was a protégé of Albert King.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X72fXW5Cs3U

        • Abi

          Hi Mahmud
          You are right. That was originally by Hirut Beqele and Mahmoud Ahmad.
          Honestly, I don’t like this version. I call them ” leza bisoch ”
          They should be banned.

          • Mahmud Saleh

            Hey Abi (Abi seb)
            Thanks man. I think the young people will like it; they made it appeal to the hiphop/pop generation. That’s the beauty of music. You can twik it a bit and there you have an old song with new blood. I thought the compilation of both songs was really good, but that’s SAAY’s expertise.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Mahmuday,

            I am learning how to balance . Now both are correct. Lol. Do you know the answer of that cleaver fox when to two huge animals ask her who is handsome? “ንስኻ ነቦኻ ትጥመሰል ንስኻ ‘ውን ነቦኻ ትመስል”

          • Abi

            Hey Mahmud
            I like the old songs and singers. I HATE remixes. Nothing like the original. I don’t like those who sing someone’s old songs.
            BTW, we found out the ” other guy” has a better taste of music.

          • saay7

            Hey Mahmuday:

            SAAY has no expertise; he is a miskinay hobbyist who happens to know that music is the universal language of the world and borrowing, remaking, remixing is the rule not the exception. My favorite songs are those that are cross-cultural or cross-generational adaptions Like a hip hop band doing a cover of Led Zeppelins “Kashmir; or African reggae giant Alpha Blondy doing a cover of rockers Pink Floyd, or Israel’s Ishtar and her Spanish band los Ninos do a cover doing a cover of The Animals; or Gypsy Kings doing a Spanish version of The Eagles “Hotel California” or Jimi Hendrix blows the lids off Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower”… So, as a rule of thumb, anytime someone universally trashes all remixes and says “the original was better” (EVERY SINGLE TIME), you know you are dealing with a grouch like Abi.net. This is why I call Eyob the oldest young man I know: you give him anything new and he will find a scratchy version and tell you, “this is better!” 🙂

            saay

            https://youtu.be/4GvNURCG6Xc

            https://youtu.be/-CuoPHc1B1M

          • Mahmud Saleh

            KBOOR SAAY
            Great take. I hope abi takes a note. BTW, Bob Dylan thanked Jimi Hendrix in many occasions for the great work Jimi did on that song. Who knows what the status of that song would be without Jimi. My other favorites would be Robert Johnson “cross road” later made popular by Eric Clapton (Cream), and Bob Marley “I shot the sheriff” also by Clapton.
            How about Tilahun singing M.Werdi, or Teddy Afro… I know you’re not happy about the latter.

  • Nitricc

    It is amazing how some people are gifted. How is explained what this kid knows?
    https://youtu.be/X2A5VoKo9q8

  • SenaiErtrawi

    Action item:
    “Let’s dissolve traditions, races, specters, thoughts, colors, and religions
    So we do not see, except a human.”

    Yeah, let’s do it!

  • AOsman

    Kokhob Selam,

    This one is yours, you need to compose the Tigrigna version and maybe produce a video version like that by Announ.
    Your Jebena is back, no one can beat you to that.

    Regards
    AOsman

    • Saleh Johar

      AOsman,
      Don’t entice KS to do the same unless he secures a permission from the copyright holder of the video clip.

      • AOsman

        Good point….in the meantime he can furnish us with the Tigrigna post without the video.

  • Announ

    I, like most others, had not heard of Anis Chouchène (as he transcribes his name, with the French spelling) a week ago. And I was among those deeply moved by his poem. So much so that I thought it deserved as wide an audience as possible and I translated it into English, then shared it on YouTube. My translation is different to that offered (there is more than one way to translate things, of course), but it’s embedded in the video so it’s easier to follow. I hope you enjoy it!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LECBb-dM64Y

    • Anis Ch

      Thanks for translating 🙂

      • Saleh Johar

        Thanks for visiting Ustaz Anis,

        Your poem has become a hit among Eritreans and we thank you for injecting us with a genuine Tunisian inspiration.

      • Announ

        Thank you for your beautiful and inspiring poem, Anis 🙂

      • teweldino

        Hi Anis,

        Thank you for your uplifting poem. Thanks Awate Team as well for hand-picking this gem and making it available for those of us who do not speak Arabic.

  • Tesfa Mehari

    Thank you

  • T..T.

    Hi all,

    In the Eritreans’ case, the opposition is tolerant because they are not using force. The opposition is in full compliance with Anis’s description of peace because of its stands for democracy that fosters peaceful transition intended to save the country from civil wars and their ugly destruction.

    The overall tolerance of the opposition represents the different levels of tolerance of each organization and each member. Yet, the opposition’s tolerance of difference with the Isayasists and Mogogoists should not be interpreted as weakness here and there.

    Still more, the tolerance of the opposition does not signify acceptance of Isayas’s policy or what is going on against the Eritrean people. The opposition is aware of the difference between the Isayasists and Mogogoists. Although most of the Isayasists do not approval of Isayas’s policies and what he is doing against the youth, the Mogogoists by virtue of their support of the status quo they only hate Isayas but they are in support of Isayas’s policies. That is why the opposition calls the Mogogoists the worst future enemies of the Eritrean people.

    The tolerant Eritrean opposition defines the anti-people and anti-constitution groups based on their support of the Isayas’s policies. According to each opposition member, THOSE WHO COMMEND A CRIMINAL ARE LATENT CRIMINALS, only a matter of time and, therefore, knowing this fact the opposition’s tolerance is not acceptance of difference it has with the latent criminals.

  • Ismail

    Thanks Saleh; you never miss what is valuable and useful. In this nearly insane world we happen to live such words of brilliant human beings are rare medicines to whoever wants to listen and restore his/her humanity. Thanks again, Saleh.
    Ismail

  • Belay

    Dear Awate staf,
    Anis Shoshan is 21st Century, Martin Luter King.
    Electrifying speech, wonderful.
    Thanks Awate.com
    Selam NeAkum,

    Martin

  • said

    Yes PEACE to you All: Incredible how out of utter negative irrational and passionate, often destructive, collective behavior and attitudes, rational and constructive corrective collective behavior is born as the outcome of ultimate collective realization of survival and preservation of the general collective interests. This could very well be true despite how bleak, totally chaotic and utterly apparently unmanageable the current Eritrean reality now appears.

    The inherent collective energies currently manifested in collective communal internecine tribal, ethnic and sectarian differences that some lead to wars that are currently ravaging some countries like Somalia, We have our share of civil war, ELF and EPLF or Iraq for that matter. As each tribe, ethnic sub-group and sect tries try to violently and passionately assert its communal and narrow political agendas could very well evolve and rechanneled into positive and constructive energies by the very mere momentum giving rise to the passions and cohesive powers of the sub-groups and communities vying to assert their narrow interests and agendas.

    In many ways, the very same power of survival unleashing the negative energies causing division and internecine strife in the very first place could very well transform into positive collective energies and consensus building under the weight of logic upon realization of the extent of self-destruct; the utter irrationality and senselessness of the wars and social strife to achieve their intended purposes of fragmented narrow agendas.

    The game of true survival and improvements in every aspect of the true human and communal socio-economic and political advancements and improvements in this peculiar time of age predicate on two cardinal principles:

    1. The “Global Village” principle, “Competitive Advantage” and fitting into a role in the broader “Global Village” increasingly defined by a fast converging world on the power of achieving “Critical Mass” and a contributing “Technological Relevance” for self-improvement in a broadly competitive world; and,

    2. The Tide of political liberalization sweeping across the globe as the normal consequence for the unleashing of collective creative energies warranted by the requisites of “Positioning” groups, unions and larger communities of nations in the game of fiercely competitive world. “Liberal Representative Democracy;” “transparency” and “Accountability,” solely become the meritorious criteria upon which large communities can relate into and ultimately fit into the kaleidoscope of a prosperous global economy.

    The changing geopolitical dynamics in Africa with the Western Powers and Africa in general reaching agreement ,engagement and rapprochement and apparent basis for potential improved political and economic relations would see the emergence of Three Major Regional powers significantly independent or to some degree of the Western Powers Sphere of Influence’s Dictates although would exist in relative good harmony with the universal political values and political culture ascribed to by the Western Democracies. Nigeria, South Africa and probably Ethiopia and one would hope profoundly transformed Eritrea would constitute in the coming years the Tripod of the emerging indigenous regional powers influencing and controlling the economic, political and military agendas of our region.

    Eritrea, solely being the Pariah unfit alien component to the new emerging, relatively more harmonious in some part of Africa, would, ultimately, be forced, in a bid to integrate into the cultural and political reality of a dominantly of varied people of east African Christian and –Islamic of fast burgeoning demographics, to resign to the truth of a changing African world. The Concept of One truly democratic Secular and respecting religious and culture value “Eritrean” would ultimately evolve several years from now hopefully from now as Eritrea’s current exclusivist ethno-cultural structure could not be maintained and cannot survive by mere force and size of Eritrean population supporting the Asmara regime and dependency on brute force and tiny far-away increasingly alienating and disinterested diaspora.

    There is always that true hope and real light at the end of the tunnel, the work of God that reverts humanity to rational thought under the force of self-preservation and true ultimate survival.

  • Dear All,
    This great poem serves as a mirror in which all human being should look at themselves, and face the virtues and faults in their humanity.

  • Semere Andom

    Hi Gadi: Please do not ask me for a proof that you translated this 🙂
    Excellent!!. It has been ages since I heard the “Saad” pronounced 🙂
    This reminds me of an old joke when black west African tourist visited to Saudi Arabia and went to a restaurant and asked the waiter, ,who was Egyptian the following:
    “Hal Ledeykum Lahmun Meshwuyunn”?
    the Egyptians run to the kitchen yelling, “ya gemmaa, yagemmaa al-suHabba hunna” 😉

    • Dayphi

      افصح الله لسانك يا ود عندوم….
      Indeed, a charming humour of the ” al-suHabba huna “. Here too, the verser read his poem in SaHaba’s lingo, just in more simplified easy to understand style. Obviously, my appreciation is extended to our Ustath Saleh Jowhar for his translation that is honestly as eloquent and enjoyable as the Arabic version of brother Anis Shoshan. Thanks to all of you.

      • Saleh Johar

        Deyphi and Semere,
        I heard similar joke that still makes me laugh. Two Nigerians asked an Egyptian on the street for the direction of alazhar university in classic Arabic. He looked at them and said: sedeq Allah AlAzeem.

        • Dayphi

          ههههههه يا استاذى….اتْورّمتْ تشَبدِي وكنت افطس مضِّحِك

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Dear AT
    simply DELICIOUS, and relevant to our current topic of negotiating differences; thank you.

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