Teddy Afro

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Teddy Afro
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Teddy Afro performing live in Melbourne Australia, June 2011
Background information
Native name ቴዲ አፍሮ
Birth name Tewodros Kassahun
Born July 14, 1976 (age 39)
Addis Ababa
Genres Ethiopian music
Occupation(s) musician
Instruments Singing
Years active 2001–present
Labels Nahom Records
Website http://www.teddyafromuzika.com

Teddy Afro (Amharic: ቴዲ አፍሮ?; real name: Tewodros Kassahun, Amharic: ቴዎድሮስ ካሳሁን?, born 14 July 1976) is an Ethiopian singer and one of the most popular artists in Ethiopia.


His first album Abugida was a milestone in contemporary music in Ethiopia, his poetic- lyrics and new ideas brought new life and light to a music scene that was on a steep decline since the 70's. His songs about Emperor Hailesilase I and the great athlet Haile Gebresilase were among the best selling and most played songs for years. His third album, Jah - Yasteseryal, was released in 2005. This album was one the most influencial and controversial. Tedy afro's brilliant lyrics and the release of this album coincided with elevated political tension in Ethiopia surrounding the Ethiopian general election, 2005. His politically and socially inspired songs acted as a call for unity and peace and made the 17 years of TPLF-led government in power concerned.[citation needed] To suppress the patriotic feelings Afro was inciting through his songs, the government banned four of his songs including "Yasteseryal" from playing on Ethiopian media outlets.[1] Nonetheless, the album sold more than a million copies within a few months after its release, [2]

His fourth and most recent studio album, Tikur Sew, was released in 2012. Its lead single Tikur Sew, which is the namesake of the album, hailed Ethiopia's Emperor Menelik II as a champion for all African people, citing his feat of leading the Ethiopian people to victory at the Battle of Adwa.

Legal issues[edit]

Tewodros Kassahun was jailed for two years by the Ethiopian government in connection with A pedestrian's death by Kassahun's car.


Released works[edit]


Album Information
  • Released: 2001
  • Record Label: Nahom Records
  • Singles: "Lidjennet Alat", "Leman Lemash", "Mona Lisa", "Abugida", "Laylalawkim", "Ayne Hul gize", "Haile Haile", "Baygermish", "Birabiro", "Haile Selassie", "Hewan Endewaza"
Tarik Tesera
  • Released: 2004
  • Record Label: evangadi production
  • Singles: "Tarik Teserra" (Anbessa)
  • Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Nahom Records
  • Executive Producer: Elias Fikru
  • Singles: "Yasteseryal", "Bel Stegne", "Lambadina", "Promise","alamin"
Yasteseryal Edition 2
  • Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Nahom Records
  • Executive Producer: Elias Fikru
  • Singles: "Yasteseryal", "Bel Stegne", "Lambadina", "Promise", "Alamin", "Seleme", "Kier Yhon", "Shemendafer", "Balderesu", "Semie lelieleh afe", "Lemn Yhon", "Tizita", "Hab Dahlak", "Itegie", "Ngeregne Kalsha"
Best Collection-Nahom Volume 14
  • Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Nahom Records
  • Singles: "Menta Wedije", "Yregal", "Lamie Bora", "Sdet"
Tikur Sew
  • Released: 2012
  • Record Label: AdikaRecords
  • Singles: "Tikur Sew"


DVD Information
Tarik Tesera By Tewodros Kassahun
  • Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Nahom Records
  • Executive Producer: Elias Fikru
  • Singles: "Tarik Tesera" (Anbessa)
Yasteseryal - DVD
  • Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Nahom Records
  • Executive Producer: Elias Fikru
  • Singles: "Yasteseryal", "Promise", "Anbessa", "Seleme"


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