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Daniel Nebiat and Tiruedel Zenebe
Born and raised in Asmara, Eritrea, Daniel Nebiat picked up the krar (a five or six-stringed lyre) at an early age, performing traditional songs and singing in Tigrigna, his language. Growing up, he was immersed in traditional and contemporary local music while also listening to American pop, country and blues music. Nebiat's early musical talents were evident during the traditional New Year celebrations, when children go door-to-door singing collecting blessings and money -- as a 12-year-old, he collected enough to buy his first krar, and he persisted at teaching himself to master the instrument despite familial pressure to choose a more acceptable path. Since arriving in Canada in 1996, he has performed at a range of events, from community celebrations and festivals, to such presenters as Wavelength, Batuki Music and Roy Thomson Hall patio series. A member of the 2017 JUNO winner Okavango African Orchestra, he's also released two solo albums.
August 11, 2017Music
Eritrean krar player and vocalist Daniel Nebiat, member of the 2017 JUNO award winning group, Okavango African Orchestra performs on the Concert Stage with vocalist Tiruedel Zenebe, a popular performer of traditional and contemporary Ethiopian music.