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Teddy Afro performing live in Melbourne Australia, June 2011
ቴዎድሮስ ካሳሁን ገርማሞ
|Birth name||Tewodros Kassahun Germamo|
|Born||July 14, 1976|
|Origin||Addis Ababa, Ethiopia|
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. 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.
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. Nonetheless, the album sold more than a million copies within a few months after its release.
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.
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.
Teddy Afro albums generally consist of 89 songs (28 singles and 9 albums)
|Yasteseryal Edition 2
|Best Collection - Nahom Volume 14
|Yasteseryal - DVD
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