Now you would have thought that there is nothing special being done to mark the ….. except for the hype as exemplified by the mention of the word countless times a day. Of course the word morphs to Barkume (bar= zemen and kume= shih) on Oromigna programs and Shihgna on the Amhara kilil program . I have not checked but with all the resemblance to Geez, it is probably Esira Miet on Tigrigna programs.
I know I am left with about 77 translations.
But Saint Ruphael came through for us. I fail to remember a Pagume 3 with such heavy rain. I am writing this with my clothes still wet and this despite taking shelter for most of the duration. Way to celebrate the mi……., Rafa !
The House of Federation has declared that any Ethiopian flag that is hoisted up or posted up on places and buildings should have the blue disk in the middle. I do not know why they have to fixate on it. Hailesellasie had a coat of arm (moa anbesa) and Dergue had one too (I remember the Ehdri arma). I just learned that dergue in Geez means council or committee. But still could not find out who used to rule Ethiopia in 1007 AD :could be an Axumite or a Zagwe .The grievances that people associate with past regimes should, if it must, be associated with those previous coats of arms. And the kings before that …….. anyway, does it make a difference? Did the change make anyone feel better? If it did, I think those people are not being realistic and are diminishing the realness of their problems.
Granted a flag represents the being of a country. But it is the seal that symbolizes the regime. We are unlucky in that everytime a new era comes a new seal has to follow. It is not like EPRDF is going to stay forever –how many flags can we go through? And it is not like that EPRDF was ruling the country for the past thousand years -why should people be prohibited, at this momentous occasion , from flying the plain green ,yellow and red – the only constant through the years? Or does not the past matter at all and they, in their usual self-importance, have ruled 1000 to be 16?
A small blue disk drowned in a flag hanging from the top of a building I do not know how tall = aesthetically pathetic.
And you have to fear for the shemanes ; should the edict force them to incorporate disks into the tilet for the netela and gabi.
Where was I? Oh, yes Black Eyed Peas! Or is it where I am at now? Anyway, I am expecting a solid performance from those guys. I have seen one or two of their concerts on TV and … pretty energetic. I hope they do their break dancing stuff.
Another singer I am looking forward to seeing is Tewodros Tadesse .
Now, there is no denying that his last album was a CLASSIC ; no wonder he is yet to release another one . I mean talk about great expectations! His old songs are not that bad either; his mp3 is one of our favorites at the lab. Let him do his thing and I promise to sing along to “ begude ewotana “ or may be “ emiye Ethiopia ‘’ which my siblings say was my favorite when I was little. Talk about arbegngnet kelijnet !
And Abinet? His song “ yezaren” is tailor-made for the event. I believe I have forwarded the song to Tilaye. Its message in short is to enjoy today because yesterday and tomorrow belong to someone else. That is anticipative song- writing for you.