Helen Meles

Helen Meles
Background information
Origin Eritrea
Genres Eritrean music
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1990s-present

Helen Meles (born 1968s ) is a prominent Eritrean singer and actress. She has released several albums and appeared in many top-rated Eritrean films.[1]

Biography

Helen hails from the Tigrayan people.[2]

She began her musical career early, at the age of eight, when she joined the Kassala, Sudan-based Red Flowers band (ቀያሕቲ ዕምባባ). The group was formed by the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF)'s local education branch. With the band, she performed in different parts of Sudan as a lead singer.

At the age of 13, Helen joined the EPLF, where she was enrolled in the organization's revolutionary school.[1] She is known for her successful transition from ex-war combatant with the group to prominent singer.[3][4] In 2007, Helen married Eritrean saxophonist Issac Asefaw.[1]

Discography

Albums

  • Vol. 1 - Kuhulay Segen - 1997
  • Vol. 2 - 'Ti Gezana - 1998 (Remix of Tebereh Tesfahuney Oldies)
  • Mamina (Remix of Amleset Abay Oldies) feat. Amleset Abay
  • Vol. 3 - Remix Of Kuhulay Segen - 2000
  • Vol. 4. - Res'ani - 2003
  • Vol. 5 - Halewat - 2006

Singles

  • Abey keydu silimatki (1990)
  • Eza adey (1998)
  • Warsay (1998)
  • Shabai /AKA/ Aba Selie (1999)
  • Debdabieu (1999)
  • Mesilka we (2000)
  • Sham (2000)
  • Betey (2001)
  • Gagyeka (2002)
  • Nacfa (2003)
  • Nibat fikri (2003)
  • Likie (2003)
  • Nisa tinber (2003)
  • Kewhi lubu (2004)
  • Manta Fikri (2004)
  • Ertrawit ade (2004)
  • Halime Ember (2005)
  • Fir Fir (2006)
  • Nihnan nisikin (2006)
  • Abaka Ember (2006)
  • Tsetser (2008)
  • Menesey (2010)
  • Rahsi (2011)
  • Fikri Hamime (2013)
  • seare (2014)

Filmography

  • Fikrin Kunatn (1997)
  • Debdabieu (1999)
  • Mesilka'we (2000)
  • Rahel (2002)
  • Manta Fikri (2004)
  • Tuwyo Netsela (2006)
  • Menyu Tehatati (2007)

National Awards

  • 2000: 3rd AbaSelie (Shabay)EriTv Award National Songs
  • 2001: 4th Sham Raimoc Eritrean Artistic Award
  • 2001: 1st Sham EriTv Award Top Ten Love Songs
  • 2003: 3rd Res’Ani, 4th Nib’At Fikri, 7th NisiHa Fikri Top Ten Eri-Festival Artistic Award
  • 2005: 1st Halime EmberTop Ten Eri-Festival Artistic Award
  • 2006: 2nd Fir Fir Top Ten Eri-Festival Artistic Award
  • 2007: 7th Beleni’ta Top Ten Eri-Festival Artistic Award

See also

References

  1. 1 2 3 "Eritrea - Helen Meles Biography". News. Madote: Eritrean history and Biography. 2009-08-10. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
  2. Tesfagiorgis G., Mussie (2010). Eritrea. ABC-CLIO. p. 281. ISBN 1598842315. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  3. "Eritrea - Turning swords into ploughshares?". News. BBC. 2002-01-10. Retrieved 2007-03-15.
  4. "Who is Miss Helen Meles?". Feature Story. Asmarino Independent News Service. 2004-10-04. Archived from the original on 2004-11-05. Retrieved 2007-03-15.
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