Azmari

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Azmari playing masenqo in a tejbeit, Lalibela, northern Ethiopia

An azmari is an Ethiopian singer-musician, comparable to the European bard or the West African griot.[1] Azmari, who may be either male or female, are skilled at singing extemporized verses, accompanying themselves on either a masenqo (one-stringed fiddle) or krar (lyre). Azmari often perform in drinking establishments called tejbeit, which specialize in the serving of tej (honey mead).

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  1. ^ "The "Azmari", Poet-Musician of Ethiopia". The Musical Quarterly 61 (1). January 1975. 

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