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Dr. Ali Birra’s “Birraa dhaa Bariihee” and other Irreecha season’s favorite hit songs

Posted: Fulbaana/September 28, 2017 · Finfinne Tribune | Gadaa.com | Comments

“Birraa dhaa Bariihee” (meaning, Spring has sprung) was Ali Mohammed’s first stage song in 1963; Ali was only 14 at that time. The song was an instant hit. Performed in the city of Dire Dawa with the Afran Qallo band of musicians not far from Ali’s age, though Ali was the youngest member, little did the band and Ali know that they were planting the seeds for the renaissance of the Oromo cultural movement with that song and with that debut performance of the Afran Qallo band in Dire Dawa. Indeed, it was this musical performance that sprung the Oromo Cultural Spring that continues to shine since then. Ali Mohammed’s life has also changed by this hit song; not only he became the star performer of the Afran Qallo band during his formative years – he also adopted his “last name” from this song: he became Ali “Birra” – as the world has come to know him today. The dawning of the Spring season is figuratively used among the Oromo to indicate the bright future that lies ahead — leaving behind the darkness of the rainy and gloomy Winter season. At the time “Birraa dhaa Bariihee” was sung, the audience understood this figurative meaning of the song as it related to the Oromo political and cultural situation of the era.

Enjoy below Dr. Ali Birra’s “Birraa dhaa Bariihee” (performed in 2013 and recorded by Lagatafo Studio during the artist’s 50th career anniversary event) and other Irreecha season’s favorite hit songs.

















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Qeerroo vs. Foollee - The Need for 'Tokkummaa' through 'Ilaa fi Ilaamee'

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In the post #Irreecha2017 season, two groups of Oromo youth are emerging: the red-green-red (revolutionary) Qeerroo, and the black-red-white (evolutionary) Foollee. All used to be loosely referred to as 'Qeerroo;' it looks like this loose term doesn't define everyone anymore.

Earlier this week, we shared the following graphic calling on Tokkummaa between these two Oromo youth groups (see below in the comment-section). And, we also shared a video of the Gadaa culture of "Ilaa fi Ilaamee" in order to indicate the way to Tokkummaa (i.e. discussion for consensus/Tokkummaa). The video can be watched below in the comment-section.

Insults, bullying and other negative tendencies shouldn't be hurled at each other; it produces nothing, but resentments. We have the UNESCO-recognized Gadaa system to be used here: "Ilaa fi Ilaamee" (consensus-building through matured discussion).

There is no right or wrong way to the desired Bilisummaa, but there are different ways. Neither Qeerroo's nor Foollee's approach is right or wrong, but they're clearly different; we're starting to notice through posts on social media.

The fast-change-seekers (the revolutionary) Qeerroo are restless (by nature or choice); the slow-change-seekers (the evolutionary) Foollee are deliberate (by nature or choice). Each person should choose his or her liking and align in the group that suits his or her decisions, then discuss carefully and respectfully to understand each other (not tear each other up to cause distrust and resentments).

Points of conjunction (collaboration) are both groups' stance against the Woyane-inflicted human rights abuses in Oromia, and their love for Oromummaa and Oromia.
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Tokkummaa tokkummaa tokkummaa yaa ilmaan oromoo tokkummaa( 2x) Artist Dr ALII BIRRAA Tokkummaan waan hunda caalaa hunduu itti duulaa jabaadhaa ilmaan aayyaa isatu nuuf saaqa karaa barbadeessee tabbaaf hallayyaa isumatu nuun gala alaa jabeeffadhaa ilmaan aayyaa(2x) Jol

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