By Bereket Kidane,
It has been said that TPLF is obsessed with copying everything EPLF does. It has gone too far in the last few years. Eritrean art in its all forms, from music to theatrical plays to paintings and murals, are being directly lifted and plagiarized. Which begs the question: does Tigray have no home-grown talent of its own or is it just too lazy to create or produce its own art?
There are no copyright laws or laws protecting intellectual property rights in the Horn of Africa, which has made it easier for Tigrayans to declare open season on Eritrean arts.
Images of Tegadelti in various scenarios representing Eritrea’s history of revolutionary armed struggle have been directly lifted. They just put a TPLF flag on them and run them for public consumption. Same thing with songs and plays. Even slogans have been lifted. There is no end to their plagiarism.
It’s clear that Tigrayans have no respect for intangible assets that belong to the Eritrean people but they should stop this unethical behavior and come up with their own art. Show some creativity for a change.
A Tigryan singer Selamawit Gebru imitating one of Wedi Tikabo’s “Guwal Leminey” music on her “Konjo Mewded” single hit.