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Teddy Afro (Tewodros Kassahun)

Tewodros Kassahun—known as Teddy Afro—is “the biggest star in Ethiopian musical history” (Gardner). Born July 14, 1976, Afro has released five albums, the most recent of which, … 1,537 more words


The world loves Ethiopian pop star Teddy Afro. His own government doesn’t.

By Paul Schemm

Tewodros Kassahun (Teddy Afro) Photo Credit: Ethionewsflash.

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Monday marked the first day of the new Ethiopian year, but it hasn’t been much of a holiday for Teddy Afro, the country’s biggest pop star. 716 more words


Teddy Afro new year concert cancelled, denied permission

Teddy Afro’s new year concert, which was to take place on 10 September 2017 at the Addis Ababa’s Millennium Hall is cancelled, according to sources. The artist was reportedly to receive $76 980 (1.8 million birr) from organisers of the event Joy Events and Promotion PLC, which sent an application for the concert at the start of July. 203 more words


Teddy Afro – Ethiopia Review

In his 5th album, Ethiopia, Teddy afro plunges us deeper into his trek of Ethiopian nationalism. As happy as we are to have a full album, if compared to his previous albums and keeping in mind the resources at his disposal, Teddy’s artistic capacity are not realized.  598 more words


​Politics through entertainment

(Addis Fortune) Music is entertainment on the main. However, it is also a powerful medium through which different messages can be conveyed. In the Ethiopian tradition, we also have musical works (songs) with double-edged puns accompanied by Masinko, a traditional Ethiopian single-stringed bowed lute. 546 more words

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The fusion of Paul Simon’s ‘Under African Sky’ with ትግርኛ (Tigirigna) beat, in a lyrical theme of recounting mothers in mother land (Ethiopia) and the other way round, is priceless. 156 more words


​Singer Teddy Afro's New Album Holds Fast to His Vision of a Diverse, Yet United Ethiopia

(Global Voices Online) Ethiopian singer Tewodros Kassahun’s most anticipated and highly promoted studio album was released to great fanfare at the beginning of May 2017. 1,110 more words