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 ቴዎድሮስ ካሳሁን ገርማሞ
Birth name Tewodros Kassahun Germamo
Born (1976-07-14) July 14, 1976 (age 42)
Addis Ababa
Origin Ethiopian
Genres Ethiopian music
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocals
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.

Early Life[edit]

Teddy Afro lives in a suburb of Addis Ababa. He is considered as one of the most influential and famous artists in Ethiopia. His first album Abugida was released in 2001.

His second album Lebo was done in 2000 but released in 2002.

His third album, Yasteseryal was released in 2005. This album was one of the most influential and controversial. Tedy Afro's brilliant lyrics and the release of this album coincided with the elevated political tension in Ethiopia surrounding the Ethiopian general election, 2005. 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 album, Tikur Sew, was released in 2012. It is the most expensive album in Ethiopia after his fifth album "Ethiopia".

Teddy Afro's fifth album, Ethiopia, reached the top of the Billboard World Albums chart in May 2017, at which time more than 600,000 units had been sold.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Kassahun lives in Addis Ababa. He is married to Ethiopian actress, model, and producer Amleset Muchie. They have two children, Michael Tewodros and Yemariam Tewodros.[5]

Legal issues[edit]

Despite much controversy surrounding the issue, Tewodros Kassahun was jailed for two years in connection with an alleged hit-and-run incident during 2005 Ethiopian election.[6]


Teddy Afro albums generally consist of 89 songs (28 singles and 5 albums)


Album Information
  • Released: 2001
  • Record Label: Nahom Records
  • Singles: "Lidjennet Alat", "Leman Lemash", "Mona Lisa", "Abugida", "Lela alawkim", "Ayne Hul gize", "Haile Haile", "Baygermish", "Birabiro", "Haile Selassie", "Hewan Endewaza"
  • Released: 2002
  • Singles: "Lebbo", "Wazendiro", "Shegnehush", "Guadegna", "Gud Serachign", "Tizibt", "Hagere", "Wub Aleme", "Lame Bora", "Qezebiye", "Tsigereda"
Tarik Tesera
  • Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Evangadi Production
  • Singles: "Tarik Tesera" (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:
  • 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:
  • Singles: "Menta Wedije", "Yregal", "Lamie Bora", "Sdet"
Gizzie Lekulu
  • Released: 2007
  • Singles: "Gizzie Lekulu (Abebayehosh)"
Tikur Sew
  • Released: 2012
  • Record Label: AdikaRecords
  • Singles: "Tikur Sew", "Tenanekegn", "O Africaye", "Ayzenegas Libe", "Sile Fikir", "Chewatash", "Kelal Yihonal", "Tsebaye Senay", "Hilim Ayidegemim", "Des Yemil Sikay", "Fiyorina"
  • Released: 2017
  • Singles: "Ethiopia (ኢትዮጵያ)", "Sembere (ሠምበሬ)", "Mar eske tuaf (ማር እስከ ጧፍ)", "Anna Nyaatu (አና ኛቱ)", "Mematsene (መማፀኔ)", "Tamolshal (ታሞልሻል)", "Yamral (ያምራል)", "Atse tewodros (አፄ ቴዎድሮስ)", "Emma zend yider (እማ ዘንድ ይደር)", "Marakiye (ማራኪዬ)", "Amen", (አሜን) "Adey (አደይ)", "Nat baro (ናት ባሮ)", "Olan yzo (ኦላን ይዞ)"


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


  1. ^ "Login • Ethiopian News Forum". www.ethiopianreview.com. 
  2. ^ "When will the daybreak come? Popular music and political processes in Ethiopia". www.ethiomedia.com. 
  3. ^ "World Music: Top World Albums the week of May 20, 2017". Billboard. Eldridge. 20 May 2017. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  4. ^ Elias Meseret (13 May 2017). "Ethiopia's star singer Teddy Afro makes plea for openness". The Washington Post. AP. ISSN 0190-8286. 
  5. ^ "Teddy Afro and Amleset Muche dancing with Teddy's New song, Tewodros". Awramba Times. May 6, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Ethiopia: Teddy Afro's prison term reduced by 4 years". 

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