Whatever happened to Afwerki’s comely face? Eritrean music in an age of YouTube

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When Eseyas “Haleka” Debesay (known for singing praise songs to the president) joined forces with the Yohannes sisters to upload a “patriotic” song that mocked the youth fleeing the country, for instance, the response was immediate. The video accumulated more than 30,000 “dislikes” in under a week, before the “dislike” and “like” buttons were disabled. It also garnered around 7,000 comments, many of which called for a boycott of the artists.

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