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 Jewel highlight are the people of Tigray. Based primarily in the northern parts of Ethiopia, the Tigray community is one that is as storied as it is influential in the shaping of the Ethiopian heritage. Although Tigrinia is the dialect most often spoken by the Tigray community, there are other dialects like Saho, Kunama and Erob that is an integral part of the wider Tigray culture.

Respect for elders and hard work are mainstays of the Tigray community. During Ashanda, the Tigray community gather and celebrate filseta (end of fasting). Unity and shared success, as well as shared suffering, are what made the Tigray community vibrant and resilient.

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 Kidane Birhane that shows off the beautiful dances and cultural expression that is at the foundation of the Ethiopian community. Enjoy this music and remember, we are one before we became many.