By Lily Birra

the belief for this undertaking was once first urged to Mohammed Hassen by way of Lily Marcos-Birra , the dedicated spouse and the simplest pal of Ali Birra most likely a couple of yr in the past. What was once deliberate at that level was once to organize a quick biographical information regarding the mythical Oromo singer for his Golden Jubilee anniversary party on musical level. That occasion, that allows you to mark Ali Birra's fiftieth anniversary party given that he began making a song in 1963, might be held in Minneapolis on July four, 2013. even supposing the plan for the undertaking had a gestation interval of a number of months, the paintings at the venture started with earnestness simply in might 2013. With Dr. Gemechu Megerssa's contribution and extra formerly released articles, and brief stories of Ali Birra's song by means of Rick Sanders and Blogfoolk journal. The undertaking increased past short biographical details. The undertaking now has 5 brief chapters and evaluation articles. it's a very modest starting for encouraging others to jot down extra vast paintings approximately Ali Birra, his lengthy effective musical profession and his large contribution for placing Oromo track on musical map of the realm. As a undertaking which used to be ready lower than extreme strain of time, we didn't have the luxurious of time for rigorously proof-reading greater than as soon as all contributions. If we had a chance to proof-read all contributions greater than as soon as, most likely we'd have eradicated or diminished attainable typos and different error. We express regret if there are error.
we're deeply indebted to Matt Knowles, Andreas Hansen and Rick Sanders for giving us the permission to incorporate their first-class articles during this venture. We show our honest gratitude for Francis Falceto and Buda Musique for generating Ethiopiques 28. This construction has really garnered very good stories not just from the Oromo groups but additionally from the overseas viewers. because the results of their construction they placed Oromo track the place it rightfully merits to be, a part of the area song, finishing the lengthy forget within which Oromo track chanced on itself for many years. we have now been very lucky to have acquaintances and associates who contributed to the crowning glory of this undertaking in a single method or the opposite. We thank Catherine Jimbo Odari, a PhD pupil at Georgia kingdom collage, for typing the articles of Matt Knowles and Andreas Hansen. We thank our pricey pal Dr. Gemechu Megerssa not just for his contribution but in addition for his participation in Ali Birra's Golden Jubilee with us in Minneapolis. Dr. Gemechu Megerssa has been Ali Birra's life-long shut buddy. We have been deeply touched by way of speedy responses of Taha Ali Abdi and Assefa Tefera Dibaba( a PhD pupil at Indiana college) for his or her translations of a few of the lyrics of Ali Birra songs into English texts. we're indebted to Jawar Mohammed and Arfasse Gemeda of Columbia college for his or her support with this undertaking. We owe titanic debt of gratitude to our good friend, Elias Ibssa, who took the total accountability for type-setting and printing this venture and making it prepared for the day of occasion. We thank all people who find themselves concerned in the back of the scene in organizing Ali Birra's fiftieth anniversary. eventually, we owe profound debt of gratitude to our pricey buddy Ali Birra, who continuously made us snort, whereas answering all our questions on his lifestyles and musical trip. info from our lengthy interviews with Ali Birra shaped the foundation for crafting bankruptcy one. His interviews also are quoted generously in bankruptcy . We percentage the happiness with Ali Birra for celebrating his Golden Jubilee. we're waiting for it with nice excitement.

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