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Eritrean Youth Identities in the Era of                 			Globalization <br />                                     Mannar...
Objectives& Methodology<br />Lifestyles of Eritrean youth <br />Music habits of  Eritrean youth <br />Ethnography, partici...
Diversified Society<br /><ul><li>9 ethnic groups and languages
2 major religions
Tigrinya speaking Highland Christians
Other ethnic language </li></ul>  speaking lowland Muslims<br /><ul><li>Nature worshipping, matrilineal - 	Kunamaethnic group
Tigrinya, Arabic and English are        major languages used for public communication</li></li></ul><li>Mass Media in Erit...
No freedom of speech and expression  as the constitution was not implemented.
Single party, authoritarian government</li></ul>   Only country in the entire continent             without a private medi...
Satellite TV started by 1996</li></li></ul><li>Favorite channels<br />MBC -2 Films<br />MBC-4Talkshows<br />MTV  & the oth...
Lifestyles<br /><ul><li>Imitation of  modern costumes displayed in the film
Young women Not wearing ‘ Zuria’
Emergence of women as a major workforce
The Tigrinya women either plait or braid  their hair.
Modern women are attending beauty salons </li></ul>straightening or coloring their hair<br /><ul><li>Young  Asmarian ident...
Music Preferences<br /><ul><li>Afro American singers like Bob Marley, 50 scent, P Diddy, & Snoop Doggs are favorite singers
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Eritrean Youth Identities in the Era of Globalization

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Western living standards and lifestyles are fixed so deeply in their minds
Young Asmarian identities are expressed through modern western outfits their familiarity with the modern electronic gadgets

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Eritrean Youth Identities in the Era of Globalization

  1. 1. Eritrean Youth Identities in the Era of Globalization <br /> Mannar Indira Srinivasan.<br />mannar.indira@gmail.com & Compiled by nag.ramesh@gmail.com<br />
  2. 2. Objectives& Methodology<br />Lifestyles of Eritrean youth <br />Music habits of Eritrean youth <br />Ethnography, participant observation and in-depth interviews among Eritrean youth in the age group of 18-25 years.<br />Data collected from three residential colonies of Asmara namely Tiravolu, Space 2000, and The German Colony, where the majority houses are connected to satellite TV.<br />
  3. 3. Diversified Society<br /><ul><li>9 ethnic groups and languages
  4. 4. 2 major religions
  5. 5. Tigrinya speaking Highland Christians
  6. 6. Other ethnic language </li></ul> speaking lowland Muslims<br /><ul><li>Nature worshipping, matrilineal - Kunamaethnic group
  7. 7. Tigrinya, Arabic and English are major languages used for public communication</li></li></ul><li>Mass Media in Eritrea<br /><ul><li>State controlled media
  8. 8. No freedom of speech and expression as the constitution was not implemented.
  9. 9. Single party, authoritarian government</li></ul> Only country in the entire continent without a private media today<br /><ul><li>Many journalists have been jailed are without trail
  10. 10. Satellite TV started by 1996</li></li></ul><li>Favorite channels<br />MBC -2 Films<br />MBC-4Talkshows<br />MTV & the other music channels<br />FTV, Citraz and the other fashion TV<br />BBC and CNN<br />Aljazeera and the other similar <br />Arabic news channels <br />
  11. 11. Lifestyles<br /><ul><li>Imitation of modern costumes displayed in the film
  12. 12. Young women Not wearing ‘ Zuria’
  13. 13. Emergence of women as a major workforce
  14. 14. The Tigrinya women either plait or braid their hair.
  15. 15. Modern women are attending beauty salons </li></ul>straightening or coloring their hair<br /><ul><li>Young Asmarian identities are expressed through modern western outfits & their familiarity </li></ul> with the modern electronic gadgets.<br />
  16. 16. Music Preferences<br /><ul><li>Afro American singers like Bob Marley, 50 scent, P Diddy, & Snoop Doggs are favorite singers
  17. 17. Hip-hop and Reggae music are popular.
  18. 18. Singers are known for their distinct style exhibited in the form of their hair style, body language, dressing and fast beat in their songs and dances.</li></ul>.<br />
  19. 19. Music Preferences<br /><ul><li>The Back Street Boys’- I want it that way’, ‘As long as you love me’ are favorite songs
  20. 20. peculiar dressing style of wearing heavy metallic/leather tops tore jeans
  21. 21. wearing a hanging/stud in one of their ears feminine way of hair dressing with long hair either tied with a band or loosely braided.
  22. 22. Young boys are adopting these styles imitating their favorite singers .
  23. 23. We like Reggae and hip-hop not because it is very stylish and attractive. It talks about people like us.”
  24. 24. It is a carrier of our aspirations, projecting their political and social commentaries.</li></li></ul><li>wrtempltes.com<br />Native Music <br />.<br /><ul><li>Tigrinya music traditionally relies on solo songs using traditional instrument ‘Krar’
  25. 25. Today, they are using western musical instruments like ‘Key boards’, that are capable of mixing various musical instruments .
  26. 26. Earlier they sang for attaining statehood
  27. 27. Today they are releasing albums imitating western singers
  28. 28. Frequently visiting US and Europe for concerts
  29. 29. Eritrean Diaspora’s influence. </li></li></ul><li>Music Preferences<br />.<br /><ul><li>Abraham Afwaerki Michal Fehira, Tesfay Mengisha, Yohanese Tikabo and female artists like Elsa kidane and Helen Meles are household figures of Asmara.
  30. 30. They are part of the youth lifestyles exhibited via their walkman, slim and sleek I-pods and MP3 as well as the dress codes and the body language of these singers.</li></li></ul><li>wrtempltes.com<br />Music Preferences<br />.<br /><ul><li>American jargons and usages like ‘wonn’a be’, and gonn’a be in day toady practice..
  31. 31. Writing mobile language b/c(Because)
  32. 32. Ur (Your) etc
  33. 33. Change in their greeting style-”Waazaa up?” instead of traditional greetings. </li></li></ul><li>wrtempltes.com<br />Music Preferences<br />.<br /><ul><li>‘ Back street girls’ and ‘Destiny’s Child’ are popular among girls.
  34. 34. . Beyoncé Knowles is their favorite singer
  35. 35. ‘Independent women ‘,“Survivor" and "Bootylicious are favorite albums.
  36. 36. Hip-hop influence among young girls is seen through blonded hair, </li></li></ul><li>wrtempltes.com<br />Music Preferences<br />.<br /><ul><li>‘Singer, songwriter, actress and record produce, Mary J. Blige is an Afro-American, soul, R&B and Hip-hop performer
  37. 37. No more Drama’, ‘we are certain that you too” are her albums popular among girls
  38. 38. Girls wear the ‘China moon rag’ a scarf &wrist bands the singer wear.</li></li></ul><li>wrtempltes.com<br />Conclusion<br />.<br /><ul><li>Majority youth of highland Asmara are highly attracted to the western lifestyles
  39. 39. expressed their willingness to migrate to other countries
  40. 40. Western living standards and lifestyles are fixed so deeply in their minds
  41. 41. Popular western music genres like Hip-hop, Reggae, Rock and jazz music are part of their daily life.
  42. 42. Western music is consumed displaying their thin and sleek mobiles, Mp3s and walkman CDs</li></li></ul><li>Conclusion..<br />50-Cent; P Diddy, Snoop Doggs and Bob Marley are iconic figures, personified through the youth of Asmara.<br />Main streets of Asmara are littered with video and DVD rental shops that circulate Hollywood movies and popular music DVDs like Hip-hop, Pop, Reggae and Rhythms and Blue.<br />Young girls try to walk and talk like Julia Robert or AnjaleenaJolee, bleaching their hair to attain European appearance<br />piercing their Belly button like singers from the music bands like ‘Destiny’s child or ‘Back Street girls’ and decorating it with a studded stone hanging gracefully<br />
  43. 43. Thanks.<br />

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