Self-Portrait “Dream is the beginning of creation. I am a dreamer. My dream is a wheel. I dream in my imagination. I dream in my intellect. I dream in my talks. I dream in [others’ faces]. I dream in void. I dream in chaos. I dream…,” wrote artist Ermias Ekube

Zelo’yu Zihilu, Collected Poems. Meles Negusse. Asmara, Eritrea: Atlas Printing Press, 2008. i+105. The Poet Anyone with the habit of looking through newspapers has probably read a number of Meles Negusse’s poems. He is well-remembered for his famous poem Armadiona (Our Cupboard) since it said how many families felt when

This evening STV1 (Swedish TV) featured a documentary on ABBA. It was “mycket bra” as a Swedish would have said about it. It kept me thinking if there is any such iconic group in Eritrea, if not in an international context, at least at national level. Maybe you could chirp

This evening STV1 (Swedish TV) featured a documentary on ABBA. It was “mycket bra” as a Swedish would have said about it. It kept me thinking if there is any such iconic group in Eritrea, if not in an international context, at least at national level. Maybe you could chirp

The Artist Artist Yosief Abraha exhibited art works at Casa Delgi Italiani here in Asmara from February 12 to 15, 2011. This exhibition with around forty works of collage and water colour attracted a big audience. Some writing on the comment book said that they finally found something they can

The Author Watching Samuel Mengisteab act in Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex as Teiresias, the blind prophet who reveals a number of things about the characters to develop fully, was really mesmerizing. Although the whole Tigrigna production of the play in 1996 engrossed every audience in its viewings, particularly Samuel appeared a

The Playwright If you read Beyene Haile’ book and feel that you do not understand anything, whose problem is it? Is it going to be yours or his? With all the acclaim and prominence he got from his last two books – Dikuan Tiberh and Titsbit Bahgu – many have

Chiqa Adi. Ghenet Sium. Asmara, 2002; pp. 117-148. When an artist comes up with a work on a subject s/he knows well, there may exist wider opportunity on the artist’s side to bring out the essence of the issue to the public with almost complete picture. When women write works

ሓፈሻዊ መእተዊ ፊልም “ትማሊ” ንከባቢ ዓሰርተ-ሓደ ኣዋርሕ (2009-2010) ወትሩ ሰንበት ብመገዲ ኤሪ-ቲቪ እትፍኖ ዝነበረት ተኸታታሊት ፊልም እያ፣ እዚኣ ፊልም’ዚኣ። ንገለ ክፋል ቃልሲ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ኣብ ከባቢ ዕስራ ሰዓታት — ማለት 45 ክፋላት — ከተርኢ ዝፈተነት’ያ ነይራ፣ ጸሓፊን ኣላዪን’ታ ፊልም ኣቶ ኢሳያስ ጸጋይ ኰይኑ። ቅድሚ ሕጂ’ውን “ሰሚራ”። “ጕያ”ን “ንእሽቶ ሓወይ ክንዲ

Great Work of Art Comes from Within As January 14th, 2011 had an exceptionally bright morning for the coldest season of Asmara, it was a pleasant element to discuss about art outdoors over a macchiato. The artist was so punctual that he had already been waiting – his almost empty

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