The soloist plays an electronic keyboard introduction and then his voice undulates, rising and falling in pitch. One would think the melody is a random improvisation until the notes are repeated, and the Western listener realizes the song has a chorus and verse. This is Oromo music, a tradition which was nearly lost, but it has become popular once more.
Oromo Music Collections
The music of Oromia is sung in Afaan Oroma, one of the most widely used Ethiopian languages. The music and the language are important to the culture of the Oromian people as they seek to gain political power in Ethiopia.