10.01 Ezra Abate Yimam

Music and conflict transformation: The Ethiopian experience

Music is not only reflexive; it is also generative, both as cultural system and as human capability, the creation of new music should contain values and power structures that are representative of a newly formed social group. It is also deemed to be an effective means of propagating and reinforcing these new shared values through the performing and teaching of the new music. Geographical configurations and general features of Ethiopia are among the most important factors in the formation and conditioning of the Ethiopian heritage, its music, art, and cultural tradition. Music traditionally in Ethiopia used for different occasions, warriors used songs of Azmaries to encourage their fighters in the war front, it brings different group of people into one, music did seem to have some traceable reflexive influence on group cultural identities that could theoretically be included in a conflict transformation scenario, a majority of conflict transformation authors claim that long-term successful conflict transformation requires an acceptance of differing cultural identities or the creation of a new shared cultural identity.


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