The three main zema chants of Ge’ez, Izil, and Araray which are represented by three birds. or the chant tradition of Ethiopia, particularly the chants of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, is attributed to St.
Digua, a book of chant, atronse (book holder), a drum, and a processional cross are also seen here. Yared, a composer and a choreographer who lived in Aksum in the 6th century AD.
“The Ethiopian churches have been custodians of such religious objects for centuries,” Hailemichael added.
“And therefore the will is there, the capacity is there, the capability is also there, and it should not be an argument at all for not responding positively to the demand of the people of Ethiopia because we can take care of it.” — Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook or chant compositions of St.
Yared, the great Ethiopian composer, choreographer and poet, who lived in Aksum almost 1500 years ago.
Teddy, who is widely known for his songs mixed with reggae rhythms and local sounds, heart warming and enlightening lyrics, shoulder shaking and foot stomping beats, blends his latest offering with sacred musical terms, such as compositions.
The British rescue operation is estimated to have cost the British military some million sterling, which converts to billion of dollars today.
“The whole of Ethiopia is a museum of its cultural heritage,” Hailemichael said at one point during the interview.
“I hope that the two governments will, down the road, begin to talk about these things,” he stated.
“Not only government to government, but institution to institution…so there is quite a lot of understanding among the British public.” Ambassador Hailemichael also dismissed the long-held myth that Ethiopia does not have the capability to properly store the objects should they be permanently returned.
“My government is not interested in loans, it is interested in having those objects returned.” The gesture from V&A was made on the eve of the museum’s current exhibition that opened on April 5th showcasing its Meqdela collection on the 150th anniversary of the battle.
According to among the nearly two dozen objects featured at the V&A show include “a priestly gold crown, a gold chalice (both 1735-40), several processional crosses and imperial jewelry” that were forcefully removed from Ethiopia.
Hailemichael, who attended the opening, indicated that he appreciated the public awareness value of the V&A exhibition.