Every week, we highlight different communities (we don’t use the word tribe for we are many communities united by one common identity) by listing a few facts about them and then showing a music video from the community we are highlighting for the week.
This week’s crown jewels highlight are the Amhara community. Located mostly in central and northern Ethiopia, the Amhara community is comprised of many subset of smaller communities located within but not limited to Gondar, Gojjam, Wollo, Lasta, Shewa, Semien, Angot and Fetegar. Amhara people are a mix of Semites who migrated to Ethiopia and indigenous Kushite people.
Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia, is the dialect that is native to the Amhara community. Amhara people, like other Ethiopians, are deeply spiritual and place a premium of family and faith. Hard working, industrious and belief in shared struggles and shared success are some of the hallmarks of the Amhara community. Kinship, church and age status are play a big part of the Amhara culture.
The Crown Jewels of Ethiopia is a weekly segment we publish to pay homage to all Ethiopians. The point we are trying to make is that we can celebrate what makes us different and embrace the unique beauty of each community while remembering that we are Ethiopians above everything else. Below is a video by Dagne Walle that shows the patriotic devotion and the eskista style that is at the heart of Gonder and the Amhara community. Enjoy this music and remember, we are one before we became many.