Traditional Ethiopian household tools collected by composer Tesfaye Lemma have become the centerpiece of an exhibit opening in a relocated community center, the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago.
"I collected these age-old traditional household tools cultural artifacts primarily to challenge educated Ethiopians who reside in the United States," Tesfaye said."There needs so much to be done to improve and build new ones.
“I wanted these tools to communicate with the people, to demand them to create more."
Tesfaye joined others to discuss his collection, the opening of the new Chicago museum and the need for such a museum for Ethiopians in the diaspora: Dr. Erqu Yimer, director, ECAC from Chicago; Tesfaye Lemma from Washington, DC and Tebabu Assefa, community advocate and culture promoter from Takoma City, Maryland.
In addition to his music, Tesfaye once operated his own center for Ethiopian Arts & Culture in Washington, D.C. in the early 1990s. The center closed several years ago when Tesfaye fell ill. He now writes and lives in a nursing home in Washington, D.C.
Listen to the discussion in Amharic.