and even the Imperial Bodyguard soon set up
their own brass influenced orchestras.
Traditional instruments used in Ethiopian music include
a one stringed violin like instrument that is played with a bow
known as the masinqo; a 6 figured krar played either with the fingers or
less often with a plectrum; a flute made from bamboo called the washint and various drums
from the stick played negarit; the hand beaten kebero
and the atamo which is played by tapping with the fingers or palm of the
Other popular instruments in Ethiopian music include a
large harp (begena), a trumpet known as the tsinatsil and a
ceremonial flute called the embilta.
The above is a
music video featuring current Ethiopian music based on
It is estimated that there are some one hundred and fifty
unique dancing movements across Ethiopia and this is reflected
in the diverse range of Ethiopian music which varies from folk
music from the Horn of Africa to ancient Christian based music
and the Muslim musical form of 'Manzuma' amongst others.