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Song of Celebration – Gamo Gofa

The Gamo and Gofa peoples live in Ethiopia in the mountain ranges and lowlands between Lakes Abaya and Chamo in the East and the River Omo in the West. In addition to heritage varieties of barley and wheat, they are famous for growing beautiful home gardens which feature the staple crop enset. They are also known for their incredible weaving skills as well as their lively musical traditions, as heard in this celebratory song performed live at the Thousand Stars Festival in Arba Minch, 2005.