Video: Things “Habesha Girls” Say & Do

Tadias Magazine
New Media | Art Talk & Review

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

New York (TADIAS) – A recent video created by Beshou Gedamu offers a comedic perspective on everyday conversation and activities among Ethiopian and Eritrean youth in the Diaspora. “Shit Habesha Girls Say is inspired by the Shit Girls Say video,” Beshou said in a brief interview. “I caught on pretty late and decided to take upon myself to do one about Habesha girls.”

“I wanted to do it from a different angle and actually cast women who would play those parts,” Beshou said regarding her production. “I have no experience in film-making so I had to get help and content.” She added: “I decided to use crowdsourcing to gather content and the help I needed. I owe it all to social media like Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and my network. The hardest part was actually coordinating and finding time to accommodate everyone’s schedule.”

A video released earlier than Beshou’s, featuring a mostly male cast with the same title, also portrayed “habesha girls.” That video was directed by Aynalem Geremew.

Here are both videos:

Video by Beshou Gedamu

Video created and directed by Aynalem Geremew featuring actor Yonathan Elias

18 Responses to “Video: Things “Habesha Girls” Say & Do”


  1. 1 mimi Feb 21st, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    lol i actually wanted to make one too! i think they are great. Hopefully no one takes this seriously enough to argue over it

  2. 2 Sewe Feb 21st, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Hello all,

    I had the opportunity to watch the videos /movies and was puzzled. I am still trying to figure out what the message or purpose behind it was. Are we trying to show how our own people act and say and at the same time laugh about them?? We all see what occurs and how some ladies act at the clubs, so why glamorize it.

  3. 3 Habesha Arteest Feb 22nd, 2012 at 12:03 am

    I enjoyed Beshou’s sense of humor. Comedy is a funny way of being serious and a humorous reflection of ourselves. I think it’s healthy. The guys were funny too but they over did it. The ladies do subtlety underline serious points not only about the foibles of the friends and their generation, a play in which laughter predominates and the termination of the plot is happy, but also observant of the shifting, expanding, mixing, and evolving, cultural and generational shift, culture-shock,conflict, and rebirth. To laugh at ourselves is good…it’s healthy, its mature.

  4. 4 Mru Feb 22nd, 2012 at 12:38 am

    “VODKA WITH CARNBERY”:-=) That has to be the funniest line besides “you smell like shinkurt.” -:)

  5. 5 Harlem Girl Feb 22nd, 2012 at 1:15 am

    hahaha, still it’s done from the man’s perspective. I want to see SH*T Habesha guys say part II – same expression but “Black on the Rocks” replaces “Raspberry Vodka.” What say you?

  6. 6 Meron Feb 22nd, 2012 at 3:44 am

    @Areest,

    I like you. I agree with your point. Thank you.

  7. 7 Cali Gurl Feb 22nd, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I liked both videos! Very funny!

  8. 8 coffeebean Feb 22nd, 2012 at 10:12 am

    What happened to originality? Too many copy-cats.

    The title should have been “Shit American Habesha Girls Say,” or even better, “Shit some DC Habesha Girls Say!” Why put every Habesha girl in the same box? Is this the kind of Habesha culture we want to mainstreamize?

    You can do better!

  9. 9 Ras Mitat Feb 22nd, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Dope video ladies and gentlemen!! I know the Taxi driver…for real, he’s like my cousin. The lady that doesn’t want to date abesha men also doesn’t like teddy afro music.. ayeeeee, meeeskin, no wonder!! :-)

  10. 10 Johnnie Walker Black Feb 22nd, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Looking forward to the Habehsa men episode AND the unparalleled flavors of the Johnnie Walker Black Label!

  11. 11 beshou Feb 22nd, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    hey everyone!

    Habesha Arteest – you are spot on. I wanted to capture certain nuances of our culture, the current generation and at the same time have fun with it.

  12. 12 DJ Feb 22nd, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    I like, I like!!!

  13. 13 alem Feb 22nd, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    lol….”We are all cousins somewhere down the line,” lol. I am sick of this fake cousins biz..for real!!

  14. 14 Mario - min agebash Feb 23rd, 2012 at 11:38 am

    The teddy afro alarm clock got me y’all :-) I can sympathize with that. The club scene is right on the mark. OMG don’t you love it when a woman is up to dance with you but her no-good-do-good friend get’s in the middle. That happens to me all the time and it sucks big time!!`Ladies, let me tell you something, next time you act like that think about putting yourself in the man’s shoes. . “min agebash?”

  15. 15 meron Feb 23rd, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Its sad how cliquesh habesha girls can be…you go to parties you can’t help to see them retreating somewhere in a corner,while everybody is mingling having gud time..how do u expect wondoch to approach when your homegirls are staring him down like pack of wolves?…..then you go complaing habesha men got no balls to approch,low self esteem,zero confidence, minamin…

    It makes u wonder whether most. Of them are too weak can’t stand alone? That they nid constant assurance from their ten galfriends who have no clue what they are going themselves…….and what’s sup with this cousin thing?…its getting OLD

  16. 16 tg Feb 23rd, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Anchiiiiiiiiiiii……kills me evrytime

  17. 17 Addis Girl Feb 23rd, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Well, first of all, it’s not only in the diaspora, okay, the same s**t also happens at home, its like normal. Second of all, sorry I don’t like tej, tella, filter, katiqla, or any of that s**t., okay. Give me my vodka-cranberry, baby!!! and leave me alone, okay. Finnally, abesha guys, not all of them, but some of them, need to learn some manners, okay. For example, If I am with another guy, that means I am probably not interested in you, okay. Finito. Thank you for your attention everyone!!! Have a very good one!!

  18. 18 NYCgirl Mar 12th, 2012 at 12:07 am

    “Does my hair smell like wet?” – so funny and true! I’m sure the DMV girls can relate more with some of the scenes; I enjoyed both vids. Thanks and keep ‘em coming.

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