Trending: Eritrea’s ‘Bob Marley’ moment? – BBC

By Paul Brown A musician from tiny Eritrea has caused a stir on YouTube, with a protest song that appears to criticise the government of President Isaias Afewerki. Eritrea is the kind of a place where protest

By Paul Brown

A musician from tiny Eritrea has caused a stir on YouTube, with a protest song that appears to criticise the government of President Isaias Afewerki.

Eritrea is the kind of a place where protest songs don’t go viral every day. It is one of Africa’s smallest and most tightly-controlled states. Yet a track named Hadnetna (or “Our Unity”) now has over 100,000 clicks. The artist behind the track is Yohannes “Wedi” Tikabo, and while his song sounds gentle and lilting, his words are not.

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  • Selamawi November 30, 2013

    I hope the Eritrean Bob Marley will not listen to the venomous pfdj foot soldiers who will say and do anything to discredit or damage Wedi Tikabo (even physical attack is not impossible for them.) Kudus Yohannes paved the way to Jesus, and it seems Weid Tkabo’s words will reverberate across the Eritrean communities and inject a new spirit. I hope that the time is ripe for another Moses in Eritrea to unite us all and save the Eritrean people.

    I look forward to hear more from you Wedi Tikabo. May God bless you and your family, an your friends, particularly those in the indefinite national service/servitude.

    May God save the Eritrean people from the damnation of the cruel archaic pfdj.

  • Seare December 1, 2013

    Fantastic Wedi Tikabo!!

    The song and its content is simply superb!

    I hope the divisive atmosphere of the Eritreans’s in the US will not corode or spoil your way of thinking.

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