Helen Berhe – Nigeregn ( Ethiopian Music )

The music of the Ethiopian Highlands uses a fundamental modal system called qenet, of which there are four main modes: Tezeta, Bati, Ambassel, and Anchihoy. Three additional modes are variations on the above: Tezeta minor, Bati major, and Bati minor.



Some songs take the name of their Qenet, such as Tizita, a song of reminiscence. When played on traditional instruments, these modes are generally not tempered (that is, the pitches may deviate slightly from the Western-tempered tuning system), but when played on Western instruments such as pianos and guitars, they are played using the Western-tempered tuning system.