From: Biniam Tekle (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Nov 19 2008 - 10:28:21 EST
Eritrean space pub opens Monday, 17th November, 2008 [image:
Traditional Eritrean dancers entertaining guests at the opening of The
Traditional Eritrean dancers entertaining guests at the opening of The Space
*By Roger Mugisha*
It is hard to compel a Ugandan audience to listen to their traditional music
all night long but during the opening of the Eritrean Space Pub and
restaurant on Acacia Avenue, we all had to bite the bullet.
And it was not Ugandan folk music either; it was piped Eritrean sounds and
cultural dances. The upside however, was the beautiful Eritrean dancers who
intoxicated the guests with shoulder and waist gyrations.
Clad in their traditional regalia of white tunic for the men and long gold
and black dresses for the women, the night was purely one to remind guests
of Eritrea. Space restaurant, former Fusion 9, hosted an esteemed clientele
of honourable consuls, ministers and businessmen to a sumptuous Eritrean
dinner with dishes served out of clay pots.
The much sought after delicacies like the Enjera (famous rice pancake that
is a staple) and the freshly ground coffee were the highlights of the
buffet. Tesfalem Gheranth, the honorary consul to Eritrea, put aside his
grandeur and pulled it off as master of ceremony.
The surprise appearance by Abraham Hadgu (an Eritrean singer) had the
Eritrean community go amok as he spun webs of musical nostalgia through his
Kirar (famous Eritrean string instrument).
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