Teddy Afro

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Teddy Afro
Teddy Afro.jpg
Teddy Afro performing live in Melbourne Australia, June 2011
Background information
Native name
ቴዎድሮስ ካሳሁን ገርማሞ
Birth nameTewodros Kassahun Germamo
Born (1976-07-14) July 14, 1976 (age 42)
Addis Ababa
OriginAddis Ababa, Ethiopia
GenresEthiopian music
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2001–present
LabelsNahom Records
Websitehttp://www.teddyafromuzika.com

Teddy Afro (Amharic: ቴዲ አፍሮ; real name: Tewodros Kassahun, Amharic: ቴዎድሮስ ካሳሁን; born July 14, 1976) is an Ethiopian singer-songwriter. He is known for using his music to comment on the African and in particular his country's political climate[1]. He is considered as most famous artist in Ethiopia. His recent song with a title "Korkuma Africa" (roughly translated as "Africa punishes its children") was about immigration of Africans and their suffering on their ways out of Africa was a finalist in the All Africa Music Awards.

Early life[edit]

Born in Addis Ababa in 1976, Teddy Afro made his debut in 2001 with the album Abugida, quickly establishing himself as a prominent voice in his native country. Mixing reggae, traditional Ethiopian styles, and pop music, his sophomore LP, 2005's Yastesereyal yielded a major hit in its controversial title track, which criticized corruption in the country's government. Four of the album's songs were subsequently banned from media outlets, though "Yastesereyal" sales and influence remained strong.

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.[2] Nonetheless, the album sold more than a million copies within a few months after its release.[3]

His fourth album, Tikur Sew an Amharic word for "black man", was released in 2012. It is the most expensive and most widely sold 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.[4][5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

Discography[edit]

Teddy Afro albums generally consist of 89 songs (28 singles and 9 albums)

Albums[edit]

Album Information
Abugida
  • Released: 2001
  • Record Label: Nahom Records
  • Singles: "Lijinet Alat", "Leman Lemash", "Mona Lisa", "Abugida", "Lela Alawkim", "Ayne Hul Gize", "Haile Haile", "Baygermish", "Birabiro", "Haile Selassie", "Hewan Endewaza"
Lebbo
  • 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)"
Yasteseryal
  • Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Nahom Records
  • Executive Producer: Elias Fikru
  • Singles: "Yasteseryal", "Bel Sitegne", "Lambadina", "Promise", "Alamin"
Yasteseryal Edition 2
  • Released: 2005
  • Record Label:
  • Executive Producer: Elias Fikru
  • Singles: "Yasteseryal", "Bel Sitegne", "Lambadina", "Promise", "Alamin", "Seleme", "Kier Yhon", "Shemendafer", "Balderesu", "Semie Lelieleh Afe", "Lemn Yhon", "Tizita", "Hab Dahlak", "Itegie", "Nigeregne Kalshima"
Best Collection - Nahom Volume 14
  • Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Nahom Records
  • Singles: "Menta Wedije", "Yregal", "Lamie Bora", "Wede Hagere Bet"
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"
Ethiopia
  • 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 Yizo" (ኦላን ይዞ)

DVDs[edit]

DVD Information
Tarik Tesera
  • 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"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Orgeret, Kristin Skare (2008-11-01). "When will the Daybreak Come?". Nordicom Review. 29 (2): 231–244. doi:10.1515/nor-2017-0188. ISSN 2001-5119.
  2. ^ "Login • Ethiopian News Forum". www.ethiopianreview.com.
  3. ^ "When will the daybreak come? Popular music and political processes in Ethiopia". www.ethiomedia.com.
  4. ^ "World Music: Top World Albums the week of May 20, 2017". Billboard. Eldridge. 20 May 2017. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  5. ^ Elias Meseret (13 May 2017). "Ethiopia's star singer Teddy Afro makes plea for openness". The Washington Post. AP. ISSN 0190-8286.
  6. ^ "Teddy Afro and Amleset Muche dancing with Teddy's New song, Tewodros". Awramba Times. May 6, 2017.
  7. ^ "Ethiopia: Teddy Afro's prison term reduced by 4 years".

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