Thursday, August 30, 2007

From Ethiopia with love

Tonight I happened upon a television show called "TTEO TV" that features the music of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. Having never seen footage of African Christians, I was mesmerized by the haunting music and fascinatingly choreographed videos.

Searching for videos online, I discovered the stunning singer Mirtinesh, who looks like a supermodel in nun's clothing and sings like an angel.

You don't need to know Amharic, the Ethiopian language, to appreciate the devotion of the Tewahedo songs. This Mirtinesh video, like a number of the Tewahedo songs I found, nearly brought me to tears.

More Tewahedo spiritual songs are on YouTube.