The important thing is not to stop questioning. You may recall how the fascists gave us good order, stopped those bomb-throwing anarchists, and made the trains run on time. And, in the case of Germany, also stopped the nightmare of runaway inflation, something the conservatives had failed at miserably.
This creativity is power, a power not just to express the views of the society but also to resonate what is hidden and change public opinion about policies. That is the very reason why artists are among the primary enemies of every dictator. If they can, dictators, would make art disappear, if not control it.
But art does not disappear under repression, it hides for a while, then springs up from nowhere at another time. Neither is art controllable. Creativity combines vision, conviction and imagination.
In an oppressed society, I believe a true artist always tends to be in dissent. In Ethiopia, successive tyrants have always been at war with artists who never rest from exposing injustices, corruption and other social ills creatively.
Although novelists, painters and poets have been at the forefront of the war, singers tend to be the most dangerous for dictators. This is because in a country where two-third of the population does not read, the best way of communication has been oral.
Add the deeply penetrating culture of love for music in our societies, you will find a powerful weapon of delivering your message. The recent imprisonment of two rising stars Oromo singers, Dirribe Gadaa and Haacaaluu Hundeessaa is this continuation of the confrontation between the tyrant and the art.
The two youngsters were arrested and have been tortured simply because their songs resonated with the resistance movement and they became an overnight sensation.
They are being punished to discourage others from following in their footsteps in becoming a voice of the voiceless. But this is a futile attempt, as the two singers themselves are simply following the past giants who defied repression and exposed injustice through their music.
Popular Oromo singers Ebbisaa Addunyaa was executed in his own home on august 31st,Usmayyoo Muussaa was tortured for eight years in prison, and was released to die once the regime confirmed both of his kidneys had failed due to the ordeals.
Zarihun Wadajo who has been going in and out of prison for the last two decades has also been thrown back once again. When the tyrant thought he had finally dealt with the problem, a new generation of singers sprang out in hundreds.
Unfortunate for the regime and lucky for the artists, technological advancement has made production and distribution of music faster and cheaper. Stereos are cheaper and widely available than they used to be a decade ago. There are small personal CD players that can be purchased at a fraction of what it used to cost to buy a National or Sharp stereo a decade ago.
Hence the market for Oromo music has been the fastest growing in the industry. Why do Dictators Hate Singers? Actually tyrants do not just hate singers, they are terrified of them.
A tyrant spends so many resources and recruits thousands of cadres to spread propaganda to gain legitimacy. A poor singer with a couple of instrumentalists produces beautiful music, deep with messages of resistance that has strong emotional impact on the audience.
Here are two examples of two great singers frustrating the dictator. Kuma Demeksa presents a report to Meles Zenawi claiming that he trained 60 thousand cadres. In addition to his subversive and emotionally moving music, his tactics made it difficult for the regime to shut him down.
The artist was a one-man army, he wrote his own lyrics, melody, and played the guitar himself. To avoid detection, he would often record the music in a non-traditional studio — by himself and his tape recorder.
He needed no producer or promoter. Basically his work required as little help as possible from others. In such ways he avoided detection.
After searching for him everywhere, the security forces would give up assuming that either he has left the country or dead. A new collection of his music would hit the market.
When music stores refused to buy his music due to fear of punishment, he distributed the music for free. When the 60 thousand cadres went after peasants who would play his music, guess what farmers did; they simply filled their stereos with batteries and placed them on the tallest trees in the area.History shows that in the end, people around the dictator bring about change.
Of course, a lot of high-ranking officials don't want change because they want to keep power. But there are other good people who want change. Mahatma Gandhi In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness.
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