Jamaican American’s astonishing Begena play and geez language skill

borkena
November 6,2018

Dr. Tsegemariam, as she is introduced, is an American citizen whose father is from Jamaica.

In her appearance on Seifu show, she said that she lived in Ethiopia for three years twenty years ago. She came back only one year ago, and this time with her son, Joshua, whose Christian name is, as in the tradition of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church, Betreselassie.

From what she told to Seifu, she seemed to be very fascinated about Ethiopian history, culture and the Ethiopian Churc

“Ethiopian culture is wealth,” she told the talk show host, Seifu who was unable to get her to talk more about it. It would have been a lesson for those of us who tend to overlook the relevance of culture in all its forms.

And she noticed very well that the generation is rather pursuing western culture including in dressing style. She likes the traditional Ethiopian cloth and she even went to the extent of calling for a traditional cloth day.

Her strong interest in Geez language is very visible as she was trying to recite spiritual geez lesson. And she thinks that “everyone’s soul speaks geez as it is a language of God.”

Her begna playing skill is truly astonishing too. Watch the following three parts interview (in Amharic) with Seifu.

Part II
Part III

Cover photo : Screenshot from Seifu show video


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