Helen Meles

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Helen Meles
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Background information
Origin Eritrea
Genres Eritrean music
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Instruments vocals
Years active 1990s-present

Helen Meles is a prominent Eritrean singer and actress. She has released several albums and appeared in many top-rated Eritrean films.[1]

Biography[edit]

Helen hails from the Tigrinya ethnic group.[2]

She began her musical career early, at the age of eight, when she joined the Kassala, Sudan-based Red Flowers band (ቀያሕቲ ዕምባባ). The group was formed by the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF)'s local education branch. With the band, she performed in different parts of Sudan as a lead singer.

At the age of 13, Helen joined the EPLF, where she was enrolled in the organization's revolutionary school.[1] She is known for her successful transition from ex-war combatant with the group to prominent singer.[3][4] In 2007, Helen married Eritrean saxophonist Issac Asefaw.[1]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Vol. 1 - Kuhulay Segen - 1997
  • Vol. 2 - 'Ti Gezana - 1998 (Remix of Tebereh Tesfahuney Oldies)
  • Mamina (Remix of Amleset Abay Oldies) feat. Amleset Abay
  • Vol. 3 - Remix Of Kuhulay Segen - 2000
  • Vol. 4. - Res'ani - 2003
  • Vol. 5 - Halewat - 2006

Singles[edit]

  • Abey keydu silimatki (1990)
  • Eza adey (1998)
  • Warsay (1998)
  • Shabai /AKA/ Aba Selie (1999)
  • Debdabieu (1999)
  • Mesilka we (2000)
  • Sham (2000)
  • Betey (2001)
  • Gagyeka (2002)
  • Nacfa (2003)
  • Nibat fikri (2003)
  • Likie (2003)
  • Nisa tinber (2003)
  • Kewhi lubu (2004)
  • Manta Fikri (2004)
  • Ertrawit ade (2004)
  • Halime Ember (2005)
  • Fir Fir (2006)
  • Nihnan nisikin (2006)
  • Abaka Ember (2006)
  • Tsetser (2008)
  • Menesey (2010)
  • Rahsi (2011)
  • Fikri Hamime (2013)
  • seare (2014)

Filmography[edit]

  • Fikrin Kunatn (1997)
  • Debdabieu (1999)
  • Mesilka'we (2000)
  • Rahel (2002)
  • Manta Fikri (2004)
  • Tuwyo Netsela (2006)
  • Menyu Tehatati (2007)

National Awards[edit]

  • 2000 3rd AbaSelie (Shabay) EriTv Award National Songs
  • 2001 4th Sham Raimoc Eritrean Artistic Award
  • 2001 1st Sham EriTv Award Top Ten Love Songs
  • 2003 3rd Res’Ani, 4th Nib’At Fikri, 7th NisiHa Fikri Top Ten Eri-Festival Artistic Award
  • 2005 1st Halime Ember Top Ten Eri-Festival Artistic Award
  • 2006 2nd Fir Fir Top Ten Eri-Festival Artistic Award
  • 2007 7th Beleni’ta Top Ten Eri-Festival Artistic Award

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Eritrea - Helen Meles Biography". News. Madote: Eritrean history and Biography. 2009-08-10. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  2. ^ Tesfagiorgis G., Mussie (2010). Eritrea. ABC-CLIO. p. 281. ISBN 1598842315. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Eritrea - Turning swords into ploughshares?". News. BBC. 2002-01-10. Retrieved 2007-03-15. 
  4. ^ "Who is Miss Helen Meles?". Feature Story. Asmarino Independent News Service. 2004-10-04. Retrieved 2007-03-15.