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Teddy Afro is one of the best Ethiopian singer. From the subjects he choose to the ontent up to his performance shows that he ...

Teddy Afro is one of the best Ethiopian singer. From the subjects he choose to the ontent up to his performance shows that he
i blessed with musical talent. And i am the lucky spectator or listner of his beautiful music. And here is part of his life which i found from the web. The only thing idid is make a collage of his photos and with articles put it like online magazine. Just for the site,

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  • 1. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to: navigation, searchTeddy AfroBirth name Tewodros KassahunBorn Addis AbabaGenres Ethiopian musicYears active 2001–presentLabels Nahom RecordsWebsite http://www.teddyafroonline.comTeddy Afro (in Amharic: ?? ???; real name: Tewodros Kassahun, in Amharic: ????? ????, B. 14July 1976) is a popular Ethiopian singer and critic of the ruling Ethiopian Peoples RevolutionaryDemocratic Front (EPRDF). His opposition to the government has led to legal troubles.Rise to fameIn 2001, Teddy Afro released his second album, Abugida, named after the Abugidasyllabary of the Geez language. Several tracks quickly caught the ear of many listeners inEthiopia - "Halieselassie", a tribute to the late Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie I; "Haile, Haile",a single in honor of the Olympic long distance champion Haile Gebrselassie; and "Mona Lisa", asong about the measure of human beauty.His third album, Yasteseryal, was released in 2005. The release of this album coincided withelevated political tension in Ethiopia surrounding the Ethiopian general election, 2005. Hispolitically- and socially-inspired songs acted as a call for unity and peace and made the 17 yearsof TPLF-led government in power concerned.[citation needed] Consequently the governmentbanned four songs including "Yasteseryal" from playing on radios and TV(http://www.ethiopianreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=10689&p=53228). The most popularsong of the album "Yasetseryal" claims that there is no real change in Ethiopia but a newgovernment and the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) fight against the Derg was nothingbut an infamous military junta.The album sold more than a million copies within a few monthsafter its release, becoming the biggest selling Ethiopian music album to date.[1][edit] Legal troublesAfro was accused of hit-and-run manslaughter and was imprisoned in April2008.[2] Some sources claimed that the accusation was politically motivated, following therelease of several songs critical of the government, especially during the May 2005 nationalelection.[3] Afro pleaded not guilty to these allegations, and his court case and imprisonmentwere national talking points in Ethiopia.[4] Some members of the opposition viewed hisimprisonment as part of the regime in Ethiopia attack on symbols of Ethiopian unity,[5] Afro wasconvicted of manslaughter on 5 December 2008 and the judge sentenced him to six yearsimprisonment and a fine of 18,000 Birr (apr. 1800 USD). On 18 February 2009, Afros prisonsentence was reduced from six years to two years by an appellate court.[6] On 13 August 2009,Afro was released from prison eight months early on account of good behaviour in prison.[2][Released works[edit] AlbumsAlbum InformationAbugidaReleased: 2001Record Label: Nahom RecordsSingles: "Lidjennet Alat", "Leman Lemash", "Mona Lisa"Tarik TeseraReleased: 2004Record Label: evangadi prodactionSingles: "Tarik Teserra" (Anbessa)YasteseryalReleased: 2005Record Label: Nahom Records
  • 2. Executive Producer: Elias FikruSingles: "Yasteseryal", "Bel Stegne", "Lambadina", "Promise","alamin"Yasteseryal Edition 2Released: 2005Record Label: Nahom RecordsExecutive Producer: Elias FikruSingles: "Yasteseryal", "Bel Stegne", "Lambadina", "Promise"Best Collection-Nahom Volume 14Released: 2006Record Label: Nahom RecordsSingles: "Menta Wedije", "Yregal", "Lamie Bora", "Sdet"[edit] DVDsDVD InformationTarik Tesera By Tewodros KassahunReleased: 2004Record Label: Nahom RecordsExecutive Producer: Elias FikruSingles: "Tarik Tesera" (Anbessa)Yasteseryal - DVDReleased: 2005Record Label: Nahom RecordsExecutive Producer: Elias FikruSingles: "Yasteseryal", "Promise", "Anbessa", "Seleme"
  • 3. Teddy Afro aka Tewodros KassahunTeddy Afro, Ethiopia’s biggest pop star, was born on 14 July 1976 to parents of artistic talentsand fame. Afro, born Tewodros Kassahun, is known as Ethiopia’s Bob Marley, thanks to hisoccasionally socio-political lyrics and his frequent use of roots-reggae rhythms.While his mother, Tilaye Arage, was well known in Ethiopia for her professional dancing in heryounger days, his late father, Kassahun Germamo, was a renowned and highly-regardedEthiopian songwriter. Since musical talent runs in the family, it is easy to conclude that TeddyAfro was predisposed to have admirable musical talents too.As evidently stated by Teddy Afro himself in his tribute song to his late father called Music – MyLife, Teddy’s father always resisted the idea of his son becoming a musician. Regardless of hisfather’s wishes, however, Teddy trusted his own instincts and saw himself doing anything butsinging as a career to arguably become the single most popular pop-star Ethiopia has producedin many years. Not only is he a vocalist that countless Ethiopians have come to adore, he alsowrites his own lyrics, which many say are filled with meanings, enabling him to sing songs thatmean something. His father did not live long enough see the effects of his son’s music on thelives of countless Ethiopians all over the world. But Teddy tells his deceased father in Music – MyLife, that he will continue to exist through the artistic works of his son. In Music – My Life, Teddyalso confesses that his life is intrinsically intertwined with music that he cannot live outside of it,and that he was destined to be what he has become.Ten years ago, the name Teddy Afro was non-existent as a celebrity and it wasn’t until 2001 thathe really stepped into the limelight. What Teddy has become since is something beyond what hewould have ever contemplated for himself.Heralded throughout the Ethiopian diaspora since 2001, Teddy and his band, Abogida, toured theworld bringing many of his sensational songs that have made him famous live to his fans. FromSouth Africa to North America, the Middle East and Australia, he criss-crossed the world toentertain and convey messages of peace, love, hope and unity in a language almost anyone canunderstand.Afro is little-known in the Anglo music world—he is not even mentioned at allmusic.com—but hehas received some media attention here in articles discussing his attitude toward his country’sgovernment, as well as his recent jail time.Afro’s profile at home grew when the Ethiopian government banned several of his songs as partof a 2005 post election crackdown.Then, after a controversial indictment and trial, Afro began serving a jail sentence in 2008 for a2006 incident in which he allegedly hit and killed a homeless boy with his BMW and fled from thescene. Afro maintained that he was innocent and that the government trumped up the chargesbecause of his political criticisms. He spent 16 months in jail. A judge had originally sentencedhim to six years but an appeals court ruling and time off for good behavior reduced his jail time.However, don’t expect Afro to cross over to Anglo audiences based on that rebel-poet image, atleast immediately. He sings in Amharic and his music often has the very smooth, loungelike feelof quiet-storm R&B. While many of us may just hear polished crooning, the Ethiopian communitywill hear his messages—his pleas for peace in his homeland, his pronouncements of love, andhis ode to Haile Gebrselassie, an Ethiopian gold medal-winning long-distance runner.Teddy Afro aka Tewodros Kassahun
  • 4. Latest articlesAre we having too much of Teddy Afro?Published: Jan 24, 2012 by admin Filed under: Exclusives Music NewsAddis Ababa- January 24, 2012- Teddy Afro has now become more controversial than a belovedsinger. Every news paper and magazine published seems to have some sort of story about thesinger. Writers are even arguing on several matters including his personal and professional life.He happens to make it on the cover of almost all magazines published in Addis.The singer, who props up the emotions of many for his 2005 album about election, unity and thelove of the country, was unable to make a new album for many reasons. However, he didmanage to come up with several singles loved by many and questioned by some.Teddy manage to make it to the head lines, especially after being imprisoned for killing apedestrian by running over in the middle of the night. He was found guilty and that was, where themagazines and newspapers got top news of their entire history. Since, his arrest was criticized forbeing politically motivated; the private media went crazy on the matter in a ways that lookedobsessive.
  • 5. NEWS14 October 2009Ethiopia:Unanswered question of censorship at Teddy Afro’s first concert since releaseWas it self-censorship or restrictions that held Teddy Afro back from playing his two mostcontroversial songs at his triumphant back-in-freedom concert which gathered 30,000 of his fanson 11 October 2009?By Tsigue Shiferaw— Freemuses correspondent in Addis AbabaAn estimated 30,000 people came on 11 October 2009 to see Teddy Afro perform at the NationalStadium in Addis Ababa — .the first concert since his release from prison two months agoThe 31-year-old Ethiopian reggae star performed most of his repertoire — except those twosongs which are considered the most controversial of his. They both were published on his 2005-album ‘Yastesarial’:‘Dahlak’ — the name of an archipelago located off the Eritrean shores in the Red Sea. Accordingto official circles the song has a political motive, as it talks about Ethiopia and Eritrea. Bothcountries went to war from 1998 to 2000, and close to 100.000 people died during the conflict.The other controversial song Teddy Afro didn’t perform was the title song ‘Yastersarial’, whichtalks about his own political views, supporting opposing voices to that of the government.Was it censorship?Going backstage and meeting the promoters, it was difficult to get a full understand of whetherthe censorship of these two specific songs was imposed on the singer or self-imposed to avoidfurther problems. None of the persons interviewed by Freemuse felt free to tell us what the exactsituation was, and who made the decision.In addition it was noticed that the concert wasn’t transmitted live on the only television network inEthiopia: ETV — a government channel. However, the channel was present and produced a shortfeature for the news programme.The concert went on peacefully, with thousands of youths present, all singing Teddy Afro’s lyricsby heart. With ticket prices ranging from 0,85 US dollars up to 15, many youths came to attendthe live concert which was organised as a benefit show for to two charities.Anti-riot policeAt the end of the concert, at around 11:30 PM reports spread that anti-riot police force hadgathered around the stadium area, intimidating the youth, who according to witnesses felt angryabout their presence.Singer Teddy Afro was arrested in April 2008 after being accused of a car hit and run accident,back in November 2006. Many people believe that he was imprisoned due to his political positionin his Yasterial album. Released the same year as the national elections in Ethiopia, the singer’spolitical views were resented by the authorities. The elections were followed by riots whereapproximately 200 people were killed.
  • 6. NEWS08 December 2008Ethiopia:Teddy Afro sentenced to six years in prison for hit-and-run incidentOn 5 December 2008 it was announced that the popular Ethiopian reggae singer and oppositionpolitical icon Teddy Afro has been sentenced to six years imprisonment and an 18,000 Br fine forhis involvement in a hit-and-run incident in which an 18-year old homeless man was killed inNovember 2006.The trial against reggae singer Teddy Afro has caused a sensation in Ethiopia, where some of hissongs were seen as opposition anthems during the violent aftermath of the 2005 elections. Onesong accused the government of failing to live up to its promises of change.Therefore, many Ethiopians believe the famous reggae artist is innocent and claim that TeddyAfro now is to be regarded a political prisoner.As Teddy Afro left his previous court hearing in July 2008, he proclaimed his innocence to theworld. He was quoted as saying: “I did not kill anyone! God is my witness. I did not kill anyone!God’s powers are above all powers. I appeal to the sense of justice of all those who are sworn toserve this country. Without just cause, I have been caged in a lice-infested jail.”In his defense, Teddy Afro told the court he was out of the country at the time of the fatal hit-and-run accident. Tthe judge rejected this alibi, saying it was not credible in the face of the evidencepresented by the prosecution.Fear of the soldiersThe court case had been moved to a separate big hall where about 500 people, including manyjournalists, could attend.A heavy police presence outside the court complex prevented any demonstrations after thesentence was pronounced, but groups of young people milled around as news of the prisonsentence spread. Most looked the other way when a reporter approached.When asked why there was no crowd at the court house, a university student told the reporterfrom Voice of America: “(It’s) because of fear of soldiers around us. Because of that.”The verdictThe Federal High Court Eighth Criminal Bench, which has been trying the case since 16 April2008, found Teddy Afro guilty on two counts:The first was his involvement in the hit and run incident in which an 18-year old homeless manwas killed in November 2006.The second count was on fleeing from the scene of the crime, when he possibly could havehelped the person hit.According to the Ethiopian penal code, a driver would be charged with homicide if he knocksdown a person, leading to death, and drives 15 metres away from the scene of the accident. Thepenalty ranges from 5-15 years of imprisonment and a fine that peaks to 15,000 Br.The other crime the court found Teddy Afro guilty of committing is punishable by an imprisonmentof one month to two years and a 1,000 Br – 5,000 Br fine, according to the penal code. He wassubsequently sentenced to one year imprisonment and a 5,000 Br fine for this charge.
  • 7. Judge: “Minimum penalties”Judge Leul Gebremariam, who presided over the trial, told the court that the defendant had beengiven the minimum sentences for the charges.“The aim of penal code is more of corrective than punitive. That is why the court has sentencedthe defendant to the minimum penalties,” judge Leul Gebremariam was quoted by WudinehZenebe as having said.This, however, was not acceptable to Teddy Afro, who adamantly spoke out saying, again, thathe had not committed any crime. As he was led out of the courtroom, he turned to a group ofreporters and said, “I feel free.”The singer’s attorneys are set to appeal the conviction. Attorney Million Assefa told Voice ofAmerica that the singer did not see himself as a political figure and did not intend his songs as tobe a rallying cry for anti-government groups.In Ethiopia, jailed singer is a political symbolTHE WORLD Fans say the reggae star was framed for hit-and-run because his music is seen asanti-government.August 11, 2008|Edmund Sanders | Times Staff WriterADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA —Sequestered in a dank prison cell here, Ethiopias biggest reggae star awaits trial in a deadly hit-and-run case that has galvanized the nation.Federal prosecutors say Tewodros Kassahun, dubbed the Bob Marley of Ethiopia, fled afterstriking a homeless boy with his BMW. They call it a case of celebrity bad behavior.Fans say the singer, also known as Teddy Afro, is being framed because of his musics perceivedanti-government message. In one song, he accuses Ethiopias leaders of promising change, butbringing only "a new king."Fans also ask why Kassahun was not charged until April, though the boy was killed in 2006.Kassahuns controversial incarceration has spurred small protests, a rarity in this tightly controlledHorn of Africa country, and is fast becoming a national symbol of what some call Ethiopias latestdemocratic backsliding.After a 2005 postelection crackdown, Ethiopias government tried to ease tensions last fall bypardoning thousands of jailed opposition supporters and allowing some independent newspapersto reopen."Wed hoped that was the beginning of an opening in the democratic space," said Hailu Araaya,deputy chairman of the recently formed Unity for Democracy and Justice party. He spent 20months in jail before his release in July 2007. "But the political space is contracting again. Itsclear the ruling party is determined to stay in power by any means."Government critics point to a string of new laws targeting political parties, journalists andhumanitarian agencies.Under one new law, political parties can no longer accept foreign donations and must disclose thenames of domestic contributors. Opposition groups say that restriction has dried up their financialsupport because potential contributors fear government retaliation.A draft bill would ban private aid agencies and civic groups from "political" activities, such asadvocating human rights, if they receive more than 10% of their funding from foreigners.
  • 8. A new media law permits government censorship and jail terms for journalists.Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said the reforms were an attempt to bring Ethiopias laws up tointernational standards, noting that U.S. rules also ban foreign campaign contributions."We are institutionalizing democracy and getting the law right," he said. "I dont think the politicalspace is in any way being constrained."But critics said restrictions on foreign funding and political activism were particularly gallingconsidering that nearly 40% of Ethiopias government budget comes from international donorsand that the ruling party has hired a Washington lobbyist to attack U.S. legislation seeking to tieaid to Ethiopias human rights record."This is a nationalist charade," Human Rights Watch attorney Reed Brody said. Oppositionleaders and some Western diplomats say the new laws appear to be an attempt to consolidatepower before the 2010 presidential election.Ethiopia’s most famous pop singer, Teddy Afro, has had his sentence for manslaughter reducedon appeal.He was jailed for causing the death of a young homeless man through dangerous driving andfailing to stop at the scene of the accident.The sentence was reduced from six years to two years, which means that – allowing for timealready served – he could be free very shortly.The singer has always denied committing the crime.As news of the decision rippled out across Addis Ababa, groups of young people gathered in thestreets, cheering and hugging each other at the news that their favourite singer would soon befree.Victim ‘was drunk’Teddy Afro, charged under his real name of Tewodros Kassahun, had originally received a six-year jail sentence, after a car identified as belonging to him hit and killed a young homeless manin the centre of Addis Ababa and then failed to stop to offer assistance.The performer has always said that he was not driving at the time.The appeal judge, Mr Justice Dagne Melaku, in a careful and detailed decision, upheld the guiltyverdict but reduced the sentence from six years to two – on the grounds that the victim had beenseen lying drunk and unconscious in the road before the accident – and that the police had failedto move him to safety.The singer has already spent nearly a year in jail and with an allowance for good behaviour heshould now be free in less than a year.His die-hard fans, however, still refuse to accept he could be guilty, continuing to maintain that heis the victim of a political vendetta because Teddy Afro’s music was identified with the oppositioncause at the time of the controversial 2005 elections.Source: BBC
  • 9. NEWS06 August 2008Ethiopia:Teddy Afros trial takes a strange twistThe defence lawyer of reggae singer Teddy Afro and an editor-in-chief of a local newspaperwhich interviewed the lawyer were arrested in Addis Ababa on 4 August 2008. The lawyer wasconvicted to 50 days in prison on 6 August.By Tsigue Shiferaw – Freemuse’s reporter in Addis AbabaThe popular Ethiopian reggae star Teddy Afro is held in custody, charged with the death of DeguYibeltal – a homeless young man who was killed in a car accident more than a year and half ago.In mid-July 2008, the newspaper Addis Neger published an interview with Teddy Afros lawyer,Million Assefa. It was a the front page interview where Million Assefa told the newspaper that hewas considering suing the judge of Teddy Afros court case, Leul Gebremariam, for not letting himdefend his client properly. Million Assefa was quoted as saying “that he was considering takingaction against judge Leul Gebremariam on disciplinary ground.”One of the reasons for this was that in July, judge Leul Gebremariam of the Federal High Courtruled a verdict for singer Teddy Afro to defend himself against the prosecutors charge that hehad been involved in the death of Degu Yibeltal, and adjourned his case to 9 October 2008.Judge Leul Gebremariam held the newspapers editor-in-chief, Mesfin Negash, as well as thedefence lawyer responsible for the content of the interview and labelled it “contempt to the court”.The newspaper’s deputy editor was also arrested on 4 August. He was released again later thesame day, while the lawyer and editor-in-chief remained in custody until — at a court hearing inthe morning on 6 August 2008 — Million Assefa was found guilty of contempt of court and wassentenced to one month and 20 days in prison.Mesfin Negash, owner and editor-in-chief of Addis Neger, was released after the hearing on 6August.Trial full of irregularitiesPrior to their first court hearing, on 5 August, I asked Million Assefa what he thought the judgehad done wrong. Teddy Afros court case “is abuse of power from single individuals,” he told me,adding that “Teddy Afros trial was full of irregularities.”When they appeared in court in the morning on 5 August both the editor and the lawyer lookedsurprisingly relaxed after a night in prison.Teddy Afro has been held behind bars for over three months now. He is charged with the hit andrun incident that occurred in November 2006. At the time the incident occurred he was detainedbriefly and released on a 50,000 birr bail, but then, on 16 April 2008, he was suddenly arrestedagain and taken to Kaliti prison facility, 25 kilometres out of the capital, suspected of killing the18-year-old street boy. A taxi driver at the time allegedly tipped off the police to the licensenumber of Teddy Afro’s BMW, which was later found in a ditch on the road towards the CMCresidential area where the singer resides.Teddy Afro pleaded not guilty to driving without a license and to negligent driving. His trial hasbeen accompanied by a large crowd of his fans, family and friends who all believe he is innocent,framed by the authorities in order to silence his critique of the regime.
  • 10. PAST VIDEOSThe Unintended Consequences of the Ordeals of Teddy Afro – Selam Beyene, Ph.D.,Beyene50@gmail.comDecember 8th, 2008 Print Email If there were any doubters about the viciousness andcallousness of Zenawi’s dictatorship, those doubts must now be dispelled by the recent convictionof Tewodros Kassahun (a.k.a. Teddy Afro) in the kangaroo court of the despot [1].Without regard to the strength of the evidence presented by the defendant [2], Zenawi orderedthe excessive punishment of the artist, demonstrating to the world once again his ruthlessnessand cruelty in treating innocent civilians that he perceives as a threat to his authoritarian rule.As has been widely reported [3], there was gross inconsistency between the date the autopsyrecord showed when the alleged victim had died and the time when the hit and run purportedlytook place. Ironically, in the dictator’s premeditated agenda to use the tragic death of the victimfor vindictive political purpose, the sham judicial system has turned a blind eye to theinvestigation and prosecution of the “real” perpetrators of the enigmatic crime.Behind the travesty of justice is, of course, the sinister motive of the dictator to send a signal ofterror to future artists, and to divert attention from the pressing issues of the day – poverty,famine, human rights, war and sectarianism.However, the bogus proceedings and the ensuing imposition of draconian measures haveresulted in unintended consequences. The controversies surrounding the dubious arrest andsentencing of the artist have further damaged the already ugly image of the dictator even amongthose sections of the population that have been willing to give the tyrant the benefit of the doubt.The members of the Millennial Generation have hitherto watched the toxic ethnic policies ofZenawi with measured skepticism, and played relatively marginal and passive roles in thefragmented struggles against sectarianism and authoritarian rule. They have now been stunnedand rudely awakened by the brutality of the way the dictator has treated their idol, who has onlybeen known to them through his extraordinary music and message of love, harmony and justice.This is a generation that has its future in jeopardy thanks to the destructive policies of Zenawi thatare designed to foment inter-ethnic animosity, to subject the population to perpetual famine,ignorance and diseases, and to promote nepotism and corruption over meritocracy [4]. This isalso a cohort that is endowed with the 21st century skill set, and the temperament, drive andenergy required to present an effective and credible resistance against tyranny and ethno-centrism.The vigorous awakening of the Millennial Generation thus marks a watershed moment in theongoing struggle that has so desperately lacked the active and passionate involvement of theyouth. The anger and determination for change aroused now in this generation is a phenomenonthat has not been seen since the nascent awakening movements of the 60’s and the 70’s. As thesacrifices of the youth were instrumental three decades ago to weaken Mengistu Haile-Mariamand eventually make him lethally vulnerable to the attacks of the opportunist parasites, Afeworkiand Zenawi, there is no alternative to the leadership role that must be assumed by the MillennialGeneration to bring to an end the current plague engulfing the country.To the rest of the population, Zenawi has re-affirmed his trademark insensitivity and disdain forcivility, at a time when many are still seeking answers to the numerous crimes andintransigencies of the dictator, including the massacre of innocent civilians [5], the stolen victoryof the people in the 2005 elections [6] the genocide against the various ethnic groups [7], the useof famine as a stealth instrument of repression [8], and the adventurous war being waged in
  • 11. Somalia to curry favor from the West [9].To those in the Diaspora who have guilelessly been transferring hard-currency to the repressivemachinery of the dictator in the name of “investing in the homeland”, the plight of Teddy Afro shallserve as a reminder that their actions are not only emboldening the dictator, but are also lendinghim leverage to extend his spiteful control over their freedom. Every dime that goes for thepurchase of a ticket from the TPLF controlled airline, or to acquire real estate at ridiculous prices,or to get other products and services from the network of business enterprises owned by thetyrant and his henchmen, is one more dime spent to perpetuate tyranny and to yield one’sfreedom to a ruthless despot. In the current economic downturn, when the tyrant is desperate forhard-currency, uncritical transfer of funds to his coffers is a blatant expression of insensitivity tothe plight of the people the money is used to exploit and repress.To opposition groups, who credulously have been playing the treacherous game of cohabitationwith the tyrant, the conviction of Teddy is a signal to refrain from participating in a politicalprocess without well-established groundrules that guarantee fairness, and without securingaccountability for that tragedy that blemished the 2005 elections. The recent events in Kenya andZimbabwe have provided a proven template for dealing with dictators that are addicted tomanipulation of elections as a means of perpetuating their tyrannical rules. The people of Ethiopiaexpect and deserve no less in return for their votes, and they will no longer tolerate oppositionleaders who will betray their trust and thwart their aspirations for democracy and justice.To ethnic-based freedom fighters who have fallen to the dictator’s poisonous trap of sectarianism,the plight of Teddy shall serve as a catalyst to re-examine their agenda and to stand in unityagainst oppression and authoritarianism. Dictatorship can only be crushed with a united front ofall the oppressed people – a front founded with the singular goal of establishing a united anddemocratic Ethiopia that guarantees equality, liberty and social justice to all of its citizens.To those in the military who are prepared to pay the ultimate price to preserve the sovereignty oftheir country, the shameless conviction of an innocent artist should be a wake-up call to questiontheir allegiance to a vicious despot. As products of a great people, with a glorious history, theyhave a momentous responsibility to use their organization, power and discipline to liberate theirpeople and save the country from total destruction and disintegration.To the sons and daughters of Tigrai, who have thus far paid blind loyalty to a manipulativedictator, let the injustice of Teddy serve as a clarion call to join their brothers and sisters in thefight against tyranny and sectarianism. In the current African reality, no ethnic-based rule canbring lasting peace and prosperity; no minority can advance its interests at the expense of thesuffering of the vast majority; and no military might or wealth can protect a privileged few from thewrath and retribution of an oppressed mass.Napoleon Hill wrote: “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of anequal or greater benefit.” Thus, even through this most evil of acts against the artist have comeunintended opportunities – the further alienation and isolation of the despot and the dramaticawakening and determination of the Millennial Generation. It is the responsibility of all those whocare for freedom, liberty, and democracy to seize these opportunities, and to bring an end todecades of repression in Ethiopia. The time has indeed never been more auspicious than now torekindle the fighting spirit of the people of Ethiopia:• Those in the Diaspora should mobilize their immense resources to bring together thefragmented opposition groups, and to re-ignite the drive to pass HR3000 in the US Senate. Theincoming US administration and leaders like Senator Russ Feingold, who has a clearly articulatedview of the danger of pampering dictators [10], are eager to restore America’s image as a symbolof hope to oppressed people around the world. Without submitting to unrealistic expectations, theDiaspora should present a counterforce against the onslaught of attacks by Zenawi’s lobbyists to
  • 12. trap the Obama administration and maintain control over the career diplomats.• Opposition groups inside and outside of Ethiopia should resist the temptation to participate inany future elections orchestrated by Zenawi in the absence of strict and enforceablepreconditions for free and fair elections. They must vigorously oppose any elections that aremarred by fraud and violence, and be prepared to boldly apply the recent lessons from theelections in Kenya and Zimbabwe to protect the votes of the people.• The youth should altruistically assume its fundamental responsibility to fight for freedom andsocial justice, and ferociously protect its future, heritage and history. The passion and angeraroused by the ruthless treatment of Teddy Afro must be harnessed and channeled to a worthycause of establishing a just Ethiopia where all citizens enjoy liberty, equality and the pursuit ofhappiness sans ethnicity.[1] http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/dec/03/teddy-afro-convicted-manslaughter[2] http://www.addisvoice.com/article/ballad_of_teddy.htm[3] http://www.ethiomedia.com/aurora/9196.html[4] http://www.ethiopianreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=10466[5] http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6064638.stm[6] http://www.omct.org/pdf/Observatory/2006/report/[7] http://www.genocidewatch.org/THE%20ANUAK%20OF%20ETHIOPIA.htm[8] http://www.abugidainfo.com/?p=5851[9] http://www.ethiomedia.com/aurora/9184.html[10] http://feingold.senate.gov/~feingold/statements/08/03/20080303.htmComments (11)Sami | #1 Reply | Quote Yes, Meles and his followers are evils. Eventually, they will go to hell justbecause evil doesn’t last forever. We all know at the end of the day evil will lose as darknessloses for day light.mateos | #2 Reply | Quote When Legesse Z and his Eritrean traitors advisors were were in theaiga bush they had a dream, a dream of, 1- how distroy Ethiopia with the ancient method ofdivide and rule in ethnic lines, 2- to become the most sophisticated slave in Africa, 3- to kill andhumiliate the Ethiopian people through guns, lies, and other available methodology ofpsychological warfare, 4- to be the puppets of all western countries, 5- to be puppets of Chines,lastly 6- to distroy the fabric of the brotherly-sisterly that existed in the horn of Africa for manygenerations through backstabbing and betraying. My fellow Ethiopians if you are amazed byTeddys sentencing then you must have been asleep for the past 17 years when on slaught ofEthiopian people started!WEDI tigray | #3 Reply | Quote ohhhhhh BARVO OUR HERO MELLES ZENAWI YOU ARE THEKING OF THE BATTEL GROUND. YOUR ENEMIS CAN DO NOTHING BUT CRYING LOUDLYOHH I LOVE THE WAY OUR ENEMIS BUREN IN HELLLLLL. GOD BLESS MELLES ZENAWI.THE REAL HERO THE KING OF WAR.atuba dolla | #4 Reply | Quote No single Ethiopian is absolutely save from being the victim of thebrutal regime’s crimebosss, Meles Naziawi.Came into Ethiopia via invasion as one of members of the barefoot bandits,cruel and sick butwealthy not healthy was called Legess Zinawi but later became Meles Naziawi has now reachedthe tip of the crimemountain where from the top he glances at the citizens to pick up his nextvictim.Teddy,the singer was one of the victims the crimefamily pryed upon and later when the time fitsinto a favourable one,the bandits trpped him into the setup trap and sent him to prision on falseaccusation. who will be the next victim? Anybody.Leul Tadesse | #5 Reply | Quote There’s nothing in this world that shameless tyrants won’t do to
  • 13. stay in power. Nevertheless they know that their days are numbered. Teddy might come out of jailthrough the shameful drama of “shimagiles” but how about the millions of Oromo languising inKaliti and Shewa Robit? How about the thousands of other ethnic groups locked behind bars justbecause they aired dissenting views?Degu Kumello | #6 Reply | Quote The unjust ruling of the 8th criminal bench has horrified millionsof Ethiopians. The Ethiopian tyrants have indeed reached their climax. But at the apex is theirfailure and disgrace. We must unite together to depose this rogue regime.Asrat Abera Buta | #7 Reply | Quote Tewodros sang, “the rebel leader with 17-kneedle shortscame to power but did not unleash change,” how dare he? Ato Meles Zenawi is a brave,charismatic leader who has led Ethiopia to unprecedented economic growth. Yet, he shamelesslykilled an innocent man. He is getting away with six years. Are you crying for this?Tseganesh Balcha | #8 Reply | Quote Asrat you stink. How dare you yourself? Teddy is a verytalented young artist, whose musical lyrics and professional efficiency as well as creativity is quiteunmatched by any singer you can think of here in Ethiopia. And your despot Meles is a tyrant,who actually led Ethiopia into a dismal abyss. Ethiopia has become poorer thanks to his unwiseand destructive ethnic leadership. The prosecutor could not bring any substantial evidence toconvict Teddy. It’s just your kangaroo court, which does a travesty of justice. Teddy will come outsoon but you’re really ethno-fascists, who’ll never learn from history because they’re so dumb.GOMORA | #9 Reply | Quote shame on you pm.melles zenawi zemenawi. how can you send thisazmari teddy faro. only 6years in prison? shame shame on the rule of law in ethiopia. he must bekilled or lfe in prison. I mean he should be in prison for the rest of his dumen life. ohhh shit I knowsoon some real heros come to gun dowen him blow his bloody head off. dedeb azmary no onegone get free when you kill inocent ppl.PROFESSOR | #10 Reply | Quote Gomora for sure you are from DEDEBIT UNI.bin | #11 Reply | Quote btamnum batamnum meles leba new lager yemytekemhager kahadi dnber afrashe hzeb geday asarimetfo meri new slezhe inga fetaren melemenaleben meles( weynae )(kingit) (hbret) le ethiopia aytkmum ibakhhu inde woyane anasbinde sew inseb fiker yashenfal teddy afro free new ethiopia yetebarekeh hager nat teddy freewoyane leba new betamnum batamnum yhe new iwnetu teddy afro free God bless teddy andethiopia melaw hizbComments are closed. Existential Seriousness and the Imperative of Regime Change. – By Prof.Teodros Kiros The Spirit is in the Air, No Time to Despair – Afura Burtukana Search for: Faminein the Horn of Africa – @Harvard on Feb. 5, 2012Abugida TV - 12-28-2011Copyright © 2006-2012 Abugida Ethiopian American Information CenterTheme by mg12. Valid XHTML 1.1 and CSS 3.Teddy Afros New Song, Sew Abel Ena Kayel, and theDilemmas of Ethiopian Modernity.14 January, 2010 | Teodros Kiros (PhD)The singer thinker, the icon of Ethiopian youth is out on the streets of freedom.
  • 14. There he encounters the streetbeggars and street children andsings about them. The cameratakes us directly to the streetcorners where the homelessEthiopians reside. The cameraslowly moves to document theirlives.The movement is slow so thatwe can absorb the reality asTeddy accompanies with themelodies of sorrow, and asubtle message to the viewer tothink and act about theirmisery, their pain.We are invited to think musically and act morally.The camera returns again and this time to document the lives of street children.At first a lovely child full of smiles, in tattered cloth, visits us. The child posesfor us and our eyes are quickly filled with tears, as the child’s eyes invite us tocare, to attend to his existence. The child wants us to know that, he like manyothers, was celebrated at birth, but now, the world does not even know thatthey exist.Teddy’s music accompanies the child and becomes the voice and conscienceof street children, the lone beggars on the street.Teddy’s large eyes, the sparkling teeth, not to say the Golden voice, areinterrogating Ethiopian modernity. The new song is subtle, existentiallyserious, deep and heart penetrating.We are treated to the two faces of Ethiopian modernity, skyscrapers,highways, hotels, and gourmet food as they stare at us rudely; and then oureyes refuse to see the children on the streets, their saddened mothers, andtheir unemployed fathers.The new song compels us to see. Some eyes see cakes; other eyes stare atthe naked reality, without hope.We are forced to stare at the two faces of Ethiopian modernity; hope for thenegligible few and misery for millions of Ethiopians.The singer-thinker appeals to the Transcendent, like Diagonese, the Greekphilosopher of antiquity, long before him, and begs God to attend to thehuman condition, by creating a new human being who thinks for the world,and who would wake us up from our deep sleep. The appeal is subtle, and theindictment of the holders of power is in the background, it is the unsaid, whichsays, without saying.Teddy brilliantly tells us what we must do by showing us Ethiopian reality.The artist is doing his job, and as Birtukan, asked before she left, are you
  • 15. ready to act, are you ready to fight?Teddy begs God to speak, to act and to show him the way to change themiserable Ethiopian reality. We are asked to get engaged, to really see at thehorrible reality environing us, beyond the glaring commodities of wealth andpower for the very rich.Sew Abel Ena Kayel brings music to its classical place, as the interrogator ofreality, and the documenter of the Ethiopian condition.All rights reserved.Ethio Quest NewsTogether We Can Make It!
  • 16. Protests over Ethiopia pop singerBy Elizabeth BluntBBC, Addis AbabaTeddy Afros music has been an anthem for anti-government protests.Ethiopias most popular pop singer, Teddy Afro, has pleaded not guilty to causing the death of ayoung man in a hit and run incident 18 months ago.Thousands of young people mounted an impromptu protest after the High Court hearing, runningthrough the streets, shouting, "Teddy is innocent".Unauthorised demonstrations are almost unheard of in Ethiopia and there was a heavyparamilitary police presence.At a previous hearing, the noise of his fans almost drowned out proceedings.This time the case was moved to a building at the back of the court area, well away from thecrowd.The singer appeared under close police guard, dressed in a pink t-shirt and looking subdued.He spoke only to plead not guilty to negligent driving, driving without a licence, and failing to stopat the scene of an accident.The incident in question took place in November 2006 and since then the singer, whose realname is Tewodros Kassahun, has been free on bail.It is not clear why he was rearrested last week and has now been charged.He was remanded in custody until next Tuesday.As the news spread in the street that Teddy was going back to jail, the crowd erupted and a largegroup of youths started jogging past waving and shouting that the singer was not guilty.The police chased them with batons until they finally dispersed into the surrounding streets.This kind of demonstration has not been seen in Addis Ababa since the period after the electionsin 2005 when Teddy Afros songs were playing everywhere and his music was the anthem of theanti-government protesters.
  • 17. Teddy Afro, our symbol of unity and tolerance! – Tedla AsfawDecember 5th, 2008 Print Email “Go out !!! otherwise, I will give you the maximumpunishment”, the TPLF made theater stage director, Cadre Leiul Gebre Mariam /Gebre Seitanscreamed after sending Teddy Afro to six years to jail and pay 18,000 Birr as bonus for GebreSeitan wonderful “Broadway” show that ended on this Black Friday, Dec. 5, 2008.Let the celebration begun in TPLF’s camp for their successful show that culminated by sendingTeddy Afro, the voice and symbol of Ethiopia to their dark cell hoping Ethiopians will forget himlike they forgot many patriots Ethiopians before. However, this time is different. Teddy’s songsare now the rallying cry for Ethiopians and our young generations showed us the glimpse of whatto come on last month Great Run, “Talaku Rucha” after paying 40 Birr to get a spot.“Teddy Obama, Meles Asama/Hippo” , that was the rallying cry chanted by thousands on thestreets of Addis Ababa. Political rally is a crime in Ethiopia and that is why the Great Run is billedas “Talaku Rucha, Bisote Megletchia” in Amharic meaning “The Great Run, platform to speak ourminds”, and that is how young, old Ethiopians showed to the world what the so called trial ofTeddy Afro has been all about for the last eight months, a sham circus and a conspiracy by those“Asamas”/hippos who are eating everything on their way including their loved singer, Teddy Afro.Teddy Afro is now a martyr and a symbol of Ethiopia and the Ethiopian masses have to pray forhim in churches and mosques. This young man’s song for tolerance among Ethiopian Christiansand Muslims, nationalities not to fall to the trap of hate propaganda by the TPLF’s hippos for thelast eighteen years was a remarkable achievement no prison can take it from us.Locking Teddy in jail will not stop the resistance movement and those apologists who are tellingus that TPLF is not enemy let them go and pray for the longevity of their king and queen. QueenAzeb Mesfin avenged the humiliation she received in America when she came for an “award” fewyears ago by orchestrating the hit-and-run show to its successful end. She can now sleep goodlistening to Teddy Afro songs.It is true, the queen is not listening to Bob Marley’s, “No woman No cry”, because this time theone crying is Teddy’s mother and millions of his admirers. It is indeed today is a day of crying inEthiopia and also a call for more martyrs to carry the Ethiopian flag until freedom.Comments (7)Dubale | #1 Reply | Quote Tedla AsfawWe know now who you are. You are crying crocodile tear for Teddy because he is no leading aparty. But you stongly hate the equally or more fighter Birtukan.Furthermore, try to learn how to write before your start writing. Thanksabdul | #2 Reply | Quote We are all oppostions diapsoras political forces??? .You should call apeace protest about Human rights in Ethiopia .stop writting and crying in websites and pal-talks.Actions !actions nowTheDemocrat | #3 Reply | Quote I am disappointed at abugidainfo for posting Tedla Asfaw’s“writing.” Tedla is known for his anti-UDJ stand. He sometimes writes some writings aboutwoyane to look pro-opposition.Even this writing he says “those apologists who who are telling us that TPLF is not enemy letthem go and pray for the longevity of their king and queen.” Who is he trying to insult in thissentence?
  • 18. Beyene | #4 Reply | Quote Tedla AsfawWe all are bleeding Teddy is in prison.But Tedla’s bla bla … is disappointing. He disgracefully writes against a woman fighter while hesupports another dictator called Hailu Shawl. I do not know why he shouts at one dictator systemwhile he supports the Hailu backward and greed system.Teda, I hope you have mirros to look in to your self.Woleyew | #5 Reply | Quote Be in the look out, the Woyane cadres are creating rift amongEthiopians on ever forum they have no control over. The strategy is to make sure no one canchallenge Woyane to surrender power. Any one who create rift with one or more Ethiopians issuspect.Olbemo | #6 Reply | Quote I WILL NO MORE COME TO THIS WEBSITE SO LONG IT ALLOWSPEOPLE LIKE TEDLA ASFAW ‘A HIDDEN CADRE’ OF THE ANTI-UDJ & ANTI-GENBOT 7. IFFREEDOM OF SPEECH IS MEANS OF DISINFORMING AND CREATING DIVISION, THENTEDLA ASFAW IS THE MASTER OF IT. AS A RESULT, UNTIL THIS TYPE OF ACTORSDISALLOWED TO MANIPULATE, I WILL LET KNOW ALL FRIENDS OF ABUGIDA TO NOTVISIT THIS SITE FOR ITS INDIRECT SUPPORT TO MISINFORMERS, AND DIVISIVESPREADERS.SHAME ABUGIDA, FOR MORE AND MORE BECOMING LIKE WALTA.OLBEMOALEM | #7 Reply | Quote CAN SOME ONE HELP ME TO FIND TEDY CD WHERE HE TALKSABOUT UNITY I PAY FOR IT AS MUCH AS I HEAT TO PAY FOR HIS DCComments are closed. Woyanne sentences Teddy Afro to six years in jail – By BarryMalone(Reuters) Yes, Teddy is a Killer!! Search for: Famine in the Horn of Africa – @Harvard onFeb. 5, 2012Abugida TV - 12-28-2011
  • 19. Teddy Afro’s lawyer freedAugust 9, 2008arefeLeave a commentGo to commentsAfter an appeal to the Federal Higher Court, Teddy Afro’s lawyer, Million Assefa was releasedyesterday afternoon.The lawyer was sent to Kaliti prison on Wednesday with 50 days’ sentence for contempt of court.The Federal Higher Court suspended the sentence.While in prison, Million met Teddy Afro who was said to have wept when he saw him.Addis Neger this morning reported that Teddy who was in a solitary confinement has now movedto what is called Zone 5 where there are other inmatesAdvertisementAdvertisement Like this:LikeBe the first to like this post. Categories: City Journal Comments (18)Trackbacks (3)Leave a commentTrackbackAlex August 9, 2008 at 1:36 pm | #1 Reply | Quote We are organizing a rally /protest in front ofEthiopian Embassy August 29 from 10:00 Am -1:00 PM . We would like everybody to spread thenews.moges December 10, 2008 at 1:24 am | #2 Reply | Quote hi.mybrother.tedy.ayzhe.lngaseleyhlmale.teddyy.mogestadess.saudiarbia.mycountry.ethiopia.addisababa.pasaabde ebr February 2, 2009 at 8:25 am | #3 Reply | Quote free taddy free all ethiopian peoplewoyna yetawen gef yebeka lamen ethiopian yebadelalu tade tefatena aydelem kem nw hulgezaja-yestesrial taddy hulum saw yewadehal god kanta gar yehun ewenet tasahenafelehhulgeza taddy………………………………..lily February 3, 2009 at 6:44 am | #4 Reply | Quote Teddy nebse neger endet neh yethiopiahezeb mengizem kante gar new gegina yesew gegina malet ende simehem tewodros neh ayzohewnet ena negat hulgizem tekebro aykerem enewedehallenTeddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddy.mesafint February 4, 2009 at 12:01 pm | #5 Reply | Quote enie ye teddy adnakiw ney teddybetam newe miwedew i love you teddyseble February 11, 2009 at 8:38 am | #6 Reply | Quote Teddy afro is the best singer in ourcountry and we all pray for you to realise from prision. and one day you will be out from prision ifgod will and you gonne perform your job after prision.bruk February 11, 2009 at 8:43 am | #7 Reply | Quote hi teddy how are you. ayzo one dayewnetu yewetal.God bless you!!Habiba February 13, 2009 at 4:00 pm | #8 Reply | Quote Teddeye ene kemadenekeme alefebetam newe yemafekereh eshi ayezoh anede kene ewenetu yewetale eshi. i know urEwenetegna sewe love u urs
  • 20. Wub February 13, 2009 at 4:13 pm | #9 Reply | Quote Teddy betam newe yemadenekege,yemewedeke eshi “Hulu negere lebego newe” Ewenetegna sewe betasereme nesa newe. i missso muchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhWeditigray February 19, 2009 at 6:04 am | #10 Reply | Quote Hello Teddy!!!!Do not worry. You will be released after some days not years.Anbesaneh eshi. Gegnaneh Like Alula.It is also sure there not be a country Eritrea after few years.Your dream will be achievedBerta.“Jigna Jigna Welidu!!!! ” yemilown ye Eritrea musica gabizeh aloh.maza MULUGETA February 19, 2009 at 7:54 am | #11 Reply | Quote HELLO TEDDY HOW AREYOU I FILL EVERY TING OK DONT BE AFIRED OK BECOUSE GOD WITH YOU JUST WIATBoss February 19, 2009 at 11:30 am | #12 Reply | Quote Hey darling Tedisha,You are simply phenomenon who will always be residing in the hearts of millions of people fromall quarters of the globe.You have not only set the standard of music but also showed us whatreally love is!!I just feel fortunate to have been on earth in your time!God bless ethiopia and peace for the whole world!!estifanos March 1, 2009 at 5:47 pm | #13 Reply | Quote I love you teddy one day i blevi that youwiil be free and enjoy your life but i ask you to contnie your sturagel for peace in our countrydireshaye tadesse August 18, 2009 at 10:31 am | #14 Reply | Quote I love you teddy one day iblevi that you wiil be free and enjoy your life but i ask you to contnie your sturagel for peace in ourcountryteddy is note present he is give for godkokebnesh menegsha August 18, 2009 at 10:33 am | #15 Reply | Quote You are simplyphenomenon who will always be residing in the hearts of millions of people from all quarters ofthe globe.You have not only set the standard of music but also showed us what really love is!!samson August 21, 2009 at 6:06 pm | #16 Reply | Quote waw!!!! this really patriot of the Ethiopia.teddy u should do it this again let as fight for our freedom and one day u will be the right king ofEthiopia like the previous teddy!!!!yehenene yechaka tota anede kene tebekelew yehonale ayezoh ye ethio jegena anebesa teddygena yekerehale teddy ketrelebete ayezoh engam kegoneh neneAmsalu Eshetu October 2, 2009 at 9:18 am | #17 Reply | Quote hulachinm enkuwan desialen:from ganfur11@yahoo.comtanie miedzynarodowe October 8, 2009 at 8:13 pm | #18 Reply | Quote I am following most ofyour point and it will improved my work day by day. I bookmarked it.. If you like, you can alsobookmark my webpage.Check my site out about at,
  • 21. NEWS06 August 2008Ethiopia:Teddy Afros trial takes a strange twistThe defence lawyer of reggae singer Teddy Afro and an editor-in-chief of a local newspaperwhich interviewed the lawyer were arrested in Addis Ababa on 4 August 2008. The lawyer wasconvicted to 50 days in prison on 6 August.By Tsigue Shiferaw – Freemuse’s reporter in Addis AbabaThe popular Ethiopian reggae star Teddy Afro is held in custody, charged with the death of DeguYibeltal – a homeless young man who was killed in a car accident more than a year and half ago.In mid-July 2008, the newspaper Addis Neger published an interview with Teddy Afros lawyer,Million Assefa. It was a the front page interview where Million Assefa told the newspaper that hewas considering suing the judge of Teddy Afros court case, Leul Gebremariam, for not letting himdefend his client properly. Million Assefa was quoted as saying “that he was considering takingaction against judge Leul Gebremariam on disciplinary ground.”One of the reasons for this was that in July, judge Leul Gebremariam of the Federal High Courtruled a verdict for singer Teddy Afro to defend himself against the prosecutors charge that hehad been involved in the death of Degu Yibeltal, and adjourned his case to 9 October 2008.Judge Leul Gebremariam held the newspapers editor-in-chief, Mesfin Negash, as well as thedefence lawyer responsible for the content of the interview and labelled it “contempt to the court”.The newspaper’s deputy editor was also arrested on 4 August. He was released again later thesame day, while the lawyer and editor-in-chief remained in custody until — at a court hearing inthe morning on 6 August 2008 — Million Assefa was found guilty of contempt of court and wassentenced to one month and 20 days in prison.Mesfin Negash, owner and editor-in-chief of Addis Neger, was released after the hearing on 6August.Trial full of irregularitiesPrior to their first court hearing, on 5 August, I asked Million Assefa what he thought the judgehad done wrong. Teddy Afros court case “is abuse of power from single individuals,” he told me,adding that “Teddy Afros trial was full of irregularities.”When they appeared in court in the morning on 5 August both the editor and the lawyer lookedsurprisingly relaxed after a night in prison.Teddy Afro has been held behind bars for over three months now. He is charged with the hit andrun incident that occurred in November 2006. At the time the incident occurred he was detainedbriefly and released on a 50,000 birr bail, but then, on 16 April 2008, he was suddenly arrestedagain and taken to Kaliti prison facility, 25 kilometres out of the capital, suspected of killing the18-year-old street boy. A taxi driver at the time allegedly tipped off the police to the licensenumber of Teddy Afro’s BMW, which was later found in a ditch on the road towards the CMCresidential area where the singer resides.Teddy Afro pleaded not guilty to driving without a license and to negligent driving. His trial hasbeen accompanied by a large crowd of his fans, family and friends who all believe he is innocent,framed by the authorities in order to silence his critique of the regime.
  • 22. Ethiopia’s pop music star Teddy Afro releasedAugust 13th, 2009 | | 38 CommentsGeorgia: Dont Buy Car Insurance Without This TrickADDIS ABABA — Ethiopia’s most famoussinger Tewodros Kassahun (popularly known as Teddy Afro) has been released today afterspending 16 months in jail.Teddy was sent to jail on trumped-up charges of hit-and-run accident and manslaughter, but thereal reason for his arrest is that Meles Zenawi’s Woyanne tribal junta in Ethiopia did not like hissongs that promote Ethiopian unity.Teddy was sentenced to 6 years in jail, but the high court reduced his sentence to 2 years.The Woyanne security released Teddy one day earlier from the scheduled date of August 14 sothat there will not be any crowd awaiting him outside the Kality prison.The Woyanne-controlled ETV greeted him outside and interviewed him. The interview was airedtonight on ETV.Teddy Afro jail term cutPosted on February 19th, 2009 at 3:04 am by Editor5Posted 19th February 2009Abbay Media Editor’s NoteIt is a well known fact that Teddy Afro is innocent and is being imprisoned solely for politicalreasons. The innocence of Teddy Afro can simply be proven by looking the fabricated evidenceWeyane provided against the artist. Teddy should not have been imprison in the first place andshould be FREED immediately. Today’s development in his case is an attempt by Weyane toclaim that there is an independent judiciary system in Ethiopia. Ethiopians and InternationalHuman Rights activists know the true nature of the kangaroo court’s and how it get used by thedictatorial regime of Meles Zenawi.Irrespective of the circumstance, the new development is good news for our artist Teddy Afro,which will enable him to come out sooner from the dungeons of Weyane.Ethiopian pop star Teddy Afro released from prisonLast Updated: Sunday, August 16, 2009 | 11:18 AM ET CBC NewsRelatedInternal LinksTop Ethiopian pop star jailed 6 years for hit and runOne of Ethiopias most popular pop singers,Teddy Afro, has been released early from a prison in Addis Ababa for good behaviour.Teddy Afro, whose real name is Tewodros Kassahun, was sentenced for the 2006 death of ahomeless man in a hit-and-run incident.The 31-year-old singer has repeatedly denied driving the car and his supporters allege theperformer was the target of a political vendetta.I would like to express my respect and gratitude to all the people of our country.
  • 23. —Teddy AfroKassahuns lyrics often criticize the government. He is popular among youngEthiopians and sings mostly in the local Amharic language."I would like to express my respect and gratitude to all the people of our country," he told localTV."I was able to meet many good people in prison, from the lowest-ranking policeman to the highestadministrator."I had a nice time. My relations with other prisoners were also good."Hundreds protested outside the court during his trial in 2008.His original sentence of six years was cut down to two years in February after his lawyer arguedthat the victim had been drunk and was lying unconscious on road when he was hit.The singer had already served 16 months in jail upon his release.Prison officials quietly let him out on Thursday ahead of the reported Friday release in order toavoid any crowds gathering at the jail.Ethiopias Teddy Afro Receives Joyous WelcomeBy Eden Habtamu, Ezega NewsBy Elizabeth BluntBBC News, Addis AbabaAddis Ababa, August 14, 2009 (Ezega.com) -- Unlike many ordinary days W/o Tilaye Arage’s(mother of Teddy Afro) house is crowded, full of families, relatives, fans and neighbors, towelcome the famous young artist Tewdros Kassahun commonly known as “Teddy-Afro”.When the reporter of Ezega news, Eden Habtamu, reached the residence of Teddy Afro’s momnear St. Gabriel Hospital, at around 2:00pm local time, the area around the main gate waspacked by vehicles. People were going into the compound hurriedly, with most of them notinterested in leaving the compound. When I got into the door, three young men who were comingout of the compound, made me laugh by saying “ we have been waiting for you for so long but, hejust left now…” as they figured out that I was rushing to meet him also.The compound was packed by more than one hundred people – people who do not seem to beclose family members, since most of the family members were inside the house cheering andcherishing this moment.There were tables outdoors with buckets of beautiful flowers for the incoming guests as the familyassumed the house may not be enough to accommodate all guests.There was a long banner above the “French” window that reads “Welcome home Teddy ”.
  • 24. Most of the ladies wore traditional dresses and expressed their gratefulness for Teddy’s releaseby saying “Elelelele…” His sisters and relatives were busy serving lunch, soft drinks and coffeefor every guest whom they knew or never met before.Many people made the artist busy by asking lots of questions and requesting to be photographedwith him. Everyone seems to be in some small wedding party without a bride, as the groom iskissed and hugged by everyone all day.Though Teddy appears to be very exhausted, he tried his best to be part of his “welcome homeparty”. He welcomed and thanked everyone who came to his mother’s place.One thing that I found very interesting was that he was just saying “okay” to everyone and allkinds of questions, trying to satisfy everyone at the same time.He appears to have gained a bit of weight, although some of his fans I met in his mom’s housetold me that he had gained more than this in prison and this is just his normal weight.I had to wait until he got some three minutes for my questions, but I found it impossible to talkwith him without interruption, as he was terribly busy and exhausted by everyone’s questions.He told Ezega.com that he is very thankful for all his fans, families and relatives who have beenvisiting and comforting him for the past 18 months in custody. He also said that he learned a loton how to live with different people in such a difficult circumstance. Finally, he passed hisgratitude to everyone with a very reserved and tired tone, as he has been through manyquestions from people inside the house, interviews from governmental and private media, andpausing for photo with almost everyone.Meskerem Negussie, a high school teacher whom I met in the “welcome home party”, told methat this moment has a special meaning for her and many other fans of “Teddy Afro”. She told methat she truly likes Teddy Afro because she believes he is smart, creative and a person withintegrity and humbleness. She enjoys his music more than other Amharic music. She told me thatshe had visited him many times while he was in custody and she is very glad that she becamepart of this moment.It is to be recalled that Teddy Afro spent the past 18 month in prison, serving a two-year sentencefor a hit and run accident that killed a homeless man named Degu Yibelete in Addis Ababa in2007._____________________________________________________________________________
  • 25. _______________________________________________________________________________This article was written by Eden Habtamu reporting for Ezega.com from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.She can be reached by email at News@Ezega.com. The article can be reprinted in full or in partelsewhere but only by giving full credit to Ezega. If reprinted on a website, we ask that you placethis active link: Ezega Ethiopian News, pointing to http://www.Ezega.com.
  • 26. Famous Ethiopian singer has jail term cutADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s most famous pop star, Teddy Afro, had his hit-and-runmanslaughter jail sentence cut to two years from six by an appeal court Wednesday.The singer, whose real name is Tewodros Kassahun and who is known for belting out lyricscritical of the government, was convicted in December last year of killing an 18-year-old homelessman while driving in the capital Addis Ababa in 2007.Afro has always denied he was in the car.Appeal Judge Dagne Melaku maintained that Afro was guilty but said the victim had been drunkand was lying unconscious on the road when he was hit by the performer’s car. Melaku addedthat the police had failed to move the victim to a safer place.The singer has been in prison for almost a year and could be free in less than 12 months, oncetime served and good behavior are taken into account.Afro is hugely popular among young Ethiopians and sings mainly in the local Amharic language.As with all of Afro’s previous court appearances, small groups of young fans gathered on thestreets surrounding the courthouse Wednesday awaiting the appeal verdict.Hundreds protested outside the court when his trial began in April — an unusual event in acountry where dissent is rare.The pop star’s songs have been used as protest anthems by opposition supporters who havetaken to the streets and his fans believe his conviction was motivated by his music.Afro’s last album, Yasteseryal (Redemption), coincided with Ethiopia’s 2005 election, which led toviolent protests and the jailing of opposition leaders.Opposition politicians in Ethiopia have accused the government of clamping down on dissentahead of parliamentary elections due next year.Source: Reuters
  • 27. Teddy Afro, our symbol of unity and tolerance! – Tedla AsfawDecember 5th, 2008 Print Email “Go out !!! otherwise, I will give you the maximumpunishment”, the TPLF made theater stage director, Cadre Leiul Gebre Mariam /Gebre Seitanscreamed after sending Teddy Afro to six years to jail and pay 18,000 Birr as bonus for GebreSeitan wonderful “Broadway” show that ended on this Black Friday, Dec. 5, 2008.Let the celebration begun in TPLF’s camp for their successful show that culminated by sendingTeddy Afro, the voice and symbol of Ethiopia to their dark cell hoping Ethiopians will forget himlike they forgot many patriots Ethiopians before. However, this time is different. Teddy’s songsare now the rallying cry for Ethiopians and our young generations showed us the glimpse of whatto come on last month Great Run, “Talaku Rucha” after paying 40 Birr to get a spot.“Teddy Obama, Meles Asama/Hippo” , that was the rallying cry chanted by thousands on thestreets of Addis Ababa. Political rally is a crime in Ethiopia and that is why the Great Run is billedas “Talaku Rucha, Bisote Megletchia” in Amharic meaning “The Great Run, platform to speak ourminds”, and that is how young, old Ethiopians showed to the world what the so called trial ofTeddy Afro has been all about for the last eight months, a sham circus and a conspiracy by those“Asamas”/hippos who are eating everything on their way including their loved singer, Teddy Afro.Teddy Afro is now a martyr and a symbol of Ethiopia and the Ethiopian masses have to pray forhim in churches and mosques. This young man’s song for tolerance among Ethiopian Christiansand Muslims, nationalities not to fall to the trap of hate propaganda by the TPLF’s hippos for thelast eighteen years was a remarkable achievement no prison can take it from us.Locking Teddy in jail will not stop the resistance movement and those apologists who are tellingus that TPLF is not enemy let them go and pray for the longevity of their king and queen. QueenAzeb Mesfin avenged the humiliation she received in America when she came for an “award” fewyears ago by orchestrating the hit-and-run show to its successful end. She can now sleep goodlistening to Teddy Afro songs.It is true, the queen is not listening to Bob Marley’s, “No woman No cry”, because this time theone crying is Teddy’s mother and millions of his admirers. It is indeed today is a day of crying inEthiopia and also a call for more martyrs to carry the Ethiopian flag until freedom.Comments (7)Dubale | #1 Reply | Quote Tedla AsfawWe know now who you are. You are crying crocodile tear for Teddy because he is no leading aparty. But you stongly hate the equally or more fighter Birtukan.Furthermore, try to learn how to write before your start writing. Thanksabdul | #2 Reply | Quote We are all oppostions diapsoras political forces??? .You should call apeace protest about Human rights in Ethiopia .stop writting and crying in websites and pal-talks.Actions !actions nowTheDemocrat | #3 Reply | Quote I am disappointed at abugidainfo for posting Tedla Asfaw’s“writing.” Tedla is known for his anti-UDJ stand. He sometimes writes some writings aboutwoyane to look pro-opposition.Even this writing he says “those apologists who who are telling us that TPLF is not enemy letthem go and pray for the longevity of their king and queen.” Who is he trying to insult in thissentence?
  • 28. Beyene | #4 Reply | Quote Tedla AsfawWe all are bleeding Teddy is in prison.But Tedla’s bla bla … is disappointing. He disgracefully writes against a woman fighter while hesupports another dictator called Hailu Shawl. I do not know why he shouts at one dictator systemwhile he supports the Hailu backward and greed system.Teda, I hope you have mirros to look in to your self.Woleyew | #5 Reply | Quote Be in the look out, the Woyane cadres are creating rift amongEthiopians on ever forum they have no control over. The strategy is to make sure no one canchallenge Woyane to surrender power. Any one who create rift with one or more Ethiopians issuspect.Olbemo | #6 Reply | Quote I WILL NO MORE COME TO THIS WEBSITE SO LONG IT ALLOWSPEOPLE LIKE TEDLA ASFAW ‘A HIDDEN CADRE’ OF THE ANTI-UDJ & ANTI-GENBOT 7. IFFREEDOM OF SPEECH IS MEANS OF DISINFORMING AND CREATING DIVISION, THENTEDLA ASFAW IS THE MASTER OF IT. AS A RESULT, UNTIL THIS TYPE OF ACTORSDISALLOWED TO MANIPULATE, I WILL LET KNOW ALL FRIENDS OF ABUGIDA TO NOTVISIT THIS SITE FOR ITS INDIRECT SUPPORT TO MISINFORMERS, AND DIVISIVESPREADERS.SHAME ABUGIDA, FOR MORE AND MORE BECOMING LIKE WALTA.OLBEMOALEM | #7 Reply | Quote CAN SOME ONE HELP ME TO FIND TEDY CD WHERE HE TALKSABOUT UNITY I PAY FOR IT AS MUCH AS I HEAT TO PAY FOR HIS DCComments are closed. Woyanne sentences Teddy Afro to six years in jail – By BarryMalone(Reuters) Yes, Teddy is a Killer!! Search for: Famine in the Horn of Africa – @Harvard onFeb. 5, 2012Abugida TV - 12-28-2011
  • 29. Tadias MagazineEvents NewsUpdated: Thursday, December 31, 2009Washington, D.C. (Tadias) – Ethiopian pop-icon Teddy Afro will make a special appearance onNew Year’s eve at the Embassy Suites in Washington DC, according to the promoters.The singer, who has been dubbed “Ethiopia’s Bob Marley” and the voice of “Ethiopia’sconscience,” will host the midnight toast.The event will include a screening of of DICk Clark’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with RyanSeacrest 2010? and the live countdown from Times Square.Teddy Afro, who was freed early from prison in August after serving 18 months of a two-yearsentence for a hit-and-run incident, is scheduled to give a solo concert at the DC Armory onJanuary 2, 2010.Video:Teddy Afro live concert (San Jose, California – 2007)If you go:Date: New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2009Location: Embassy Suites, 900 10th Street, NW,Washington DC 20001ShareThis27 Responses to “Party Like It’s 2010 With Teddy Afro”Feed for this Entry Trackback Address--------------------------------------------------------------------------------1 Mama AfriqaDec 24th, 2009 at 4:00 pmWill be at New Year’s eve party for sure to toast the 2010 with Teddy! Where in D.C. is theconcert though on Jan 2?Happy Holidays everybody!2 SimeonDec 24th, 2009 at 11:51 pmWhat the heck is this poster about Teddy Afro’s concert in DC.? I hate it. COME ON HabeshaGuys and Gals, you can do better than that!3 TezuDec 25th, 2009 at 6:41 pmI believe the concert is @ the DC Armory4 germaDec 26th, 2009 at 8:46 amTeddy Afro as Michel Jackson?? You must be joking. Its more like Bob Marley.5 DJ Mamush KasiDec 26th, 2009 at 12:08 pm
  • 30. Teddy is da man! He is the MJ of Ethiopia, Bob Marley of Ethiopia and some. Heck he is also theElvis Presley of Ethiopia. If there is some body big out there, then he is it for Ethiopia. Go, Teddy!Go, Teddy! Go, Teddy! Clap everybody!!!I am out, Love you!6 MimiDec 27th, 2009 at 12:14 pmWe love you Teddy!7 Mike ZDec 28th, 2009 at 11:17 amI will definately be there on the new years eve party and the concert too.8 ermiasDec 28th, 2009 at 2:15 pmI am living in Addis. I am not able to see Teddy’s concert in D.C. But I feel it!!!!Good luck Teddy9 jujuDec 28th, 2009 at 8:19 pmIs the concert over 18? {AGE}?10 TitiDec 29th, 2009 at 11:14 amTeddye,Thank god the past is now behind us. I am so grateful that you are back with us Teddye. The sunis shining again and back to our regular concert!See you New Year’s eve 2010!!!! Keep Ethiopia Alive!!!Love you.11 SamDec 29th, 2009 at 4:37 pmI was one of the few people who attended Teddy Afro’s show on New Year’s Day in Washington,DC. Lack of space had sent many people back home. I hope those who missed Teddy wouldhave a chance to see him again. I have heard there were people who cried because they wereturned back. The organizing and marketing of the show has had serious problems. Teddy’sshows deserve to be organized in bigger convention centers and arenas next time around.12 EstifanosDec 29th, 2009 at 4:55 pmI will be there with my girl! We’ll be driving from Columbus, Ohio!!!Happy new year!! Many blessings in 2010~13 hiwoteDec 29th, 2009 at 7:29 pmi will be there but he better play yasiteseryal with full lyrics…without taking any word out.see you all there14 Lawgaw
  • 31. Dec 30th, 2009 at 12:34 amI will be there driving from New York. My first time to see teddy face to face and there should beno limit on age. otherwise, i am going back, can’t wait.15 KOKEBDec 30th, 2009 at 9:43 amThank u TEDDY.16 Ye Tedi adnakiDec 31st, 2009 at 12:27 pmHAPPY NEW YEAR!!!Brothers i’m getting two conflicting news. Is he going to play two places at the same time?Teddy Afro Live In Concert,DC Armory, Washington, DCSat, Jan 2, 2010 07:00 PM———————17 azeb06Dec 31st, 2009 at 9:34 pmHappy New Year !!I will be there Teddy Afro Concert atSat, jan 2, 201018 Ethio PromotionJan 1st, 2010 at 1:03 pmTEddy Afro will be in Atlanta, GA on Sunday Jan. 17/2010Be ready to rock with him!the best concert hall in GA, @Atlanta Peach hall!Advance tickets are on sale19 Tedy AkaluJan 1st, 2010 at 8:55 pmWE love u Tedy!!!We gonna dance wiz u even after the new year.20 GuestJan 2nd, 2010 at 6:25 pmhe’s gonna rock dmv!21 HabeshJan 4th, 2010 at 2:54 pmI was embarrassed to be an Ethiopian at this concert.The abesha guys were either, pushing, harassing or bugging women all over the arena.It was a disaster and a waste of $50. Habesha women will never enjoy these shows unless, ormen learn to respect women, and also learn to handle their alcohol. Until, then I’ll be listening toTeddy from the safety and comfort of my own home.22 LawgawJan 4th, 2010 at 7:56 pmIt was the best concert! i really had a great time except waiting for a taxi for an hour.
  • 32. 23 wagayeJan 11th, 2010 at 6:07 amdear teddy how are you? you are very nice and handsome man. please do everything with Godand Maryame it means without God life is empty. so party to God when doing your song.beka ewdhalu24 CrystalFeb 15th, 2010 at 6:12 pmI was in Ethiopia. ! and I missed him in Addis b/c I was in Shashemane and didn’t know until toolate… how bad can my luck get. when is the next one here in Washington ?25 derickAug 17th, 2010 at 6:11 amim the one who misses teddy’s concerts in everywhere ,you know why ? because im so broke onand on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!26 Daniel MannJul 15th, 2011 at 12:47 pmThis is Daniel Mann worlds only juggling taxi driver. YouTube : Teddy Afro Vegas. You see awhite taxi driver and 3 passengers that’s Daniel Mann.27 Queen of EthiopiaJul 15th, 2011 at 1:05 pmDaniel,That was very very funny. My stomach is hurting from laughing so shard. Thanks for sharing.Teddy Afro rocked Ethiopia’s capital Sunday nightOctober 12th, 2009 | | 20 CommentsDetails are still coming from Ethiopian Review sources in Addis Ababa regarding Teddy Afro’sconcert last night. By some estimate, tens of thousands of Addis Ababa residents attended theshow. The photo below tells it all.The concert ended with no major incident, but some wondered if it was an entertainment event ora political rally. Others are heard asking how did Woyanne allow Teddy to organize such a bigevent right under its nose. Was there some kind of deal between Woyanne and Teddy Afro’smanagers for Teddy to stay clear of any thing that may antagonize the vampires in power? Weare digging into that.Until then let’s just say that Teddy did not disappoint the audience with his magnificentperformance. Sunday’s night event was the mother of all concerts for Addis Ababa. [read more inAmharic here]Overstock 52" Sony LED TVOverstock 52" Sony LED TVGet a 52" Sony LED TV for $32.64. LimitOne Per Day. Grab Yours Now.>>The Best Online Backup-Bonus Savings 20% Today!Award Winning Backup Save 20%4 TimePC Mag Award Winner. PC, Mac, iPhone, Facebook, iPad, Android. Starting as low as$4.33/month
  • 33. Email This Post | FORUM | 20 CommentsRelated Posts1.Over 100,000 expected to show up for Teddy Afro concert2.Ethiopia’s king of pop Teddy Afro tobe released on August 153.Ethiopia’s pop music star Teddy Afro released4.Teddy Afro’s lawyerfreed5.Teddy Afro to be sent to the notorious Ziway Prison20 Comments to “Teddy Afro rocked Ethiopia’s capital Sunday night”1.chane says:what can we say …. He did it again… he is gifted, loved and adored by Millions and he is a voiceof Ethiopia wow wow, im just short of words…. by the way i wonder what other artists feels rightnow? heck who cars they didnt do shiit when he was locked up … except HAB ENGIDAW whodedicated the song for Teddy “Mindinew Gudu” Anyways God Bless u Teddy and pls come to DCwe are waiting for uu[Reply]October 12th, 2009 at 1:02 PM2.Asaye says:Wow, a great news!It looks like Addis was out having fun. In deed the picture tells it all.Nice to see such a diverse group having fun in peace, young men and women, even a countryman with a stick.[Reply]October 12th, 2009 at 1:44 PM3.bonga says:Hi, people don’t be exited for everything, u know we lost our king(Tilahun),so we have to crownsomebody to replace.Therefore all that peole isn’t just only for the song it’s also celebrate the newking of song of Ethiopia. Understand??????? BYE……..[Reply]October 12th, 2009 at 2:21 PM4.Anonymous says:ye tewodros wede alem temelso megbat yasazenal engji ayasdestem ene bebekule geta besulaye telek sera endalew new yemisemagne sew nebsun agudelo alemen biyaterf meneyetekemewal bibel zefagne mengest semayen aywersem yelal ena wendemochena ehetoche yeeyesus memcha ken eyederese new nege yenante aydelechem bible yemedan ken zare newyelal selezeh selemayereba destan lemayset menamente alem kemaseb lezelalemawewhiwotchew asebu yeyesus deme eyechoh new ebakachu geta yewdachoal selam eyesus new!tebareku[Reply]October 12th, 2009 at 2:30 PM5.Anonymous says:It is AMAZING!!!!!Thank YOU God!! Thank You God!!!!!!
  • 34. The office of Bereket Simeon used to ordered ETV for useless ,unpopular shows like,the show ofBeyonce.But,the didn’t permit their ETV (WTV)to transmit this amazing show for the people unable to attend in person..ayi ETV ye Bereket ayinet wurgat yichawetibih!!Anyways,Although,other Ethiopian in Nazereth,Assela,Awassa ,Jimma,Bahirdar and,,,,unable towatch this historic show,We feel pride that our people and our hero,Teddy has strengthen moreand more!! Thank you God!! please keep alive our unity and strength for ever!!Damn to Bereket and his ETV and his Boss Meles![Reply]October 12th, 2009 at 3:23 PM6.MerhaBete says:Welcome back to the stage Teddy!Tens of thousands of youngsters turned out to say long live to Teddy.Thirsty of Teddy’s music Addis Abebans enjoyed the entertainment, no matter how hisadversaries think and speculate.Long live Ethiopia![Reply]October 12th, 2009 at 3:33 PM7.amlack yifred says:Thank God, he came out of there alive. I wonder how many unknown innocent Ethiopians went into Wooyane prison and did not come out of there alive.It sad that this man wasted more than a year of his life in Wooyan prison for loving his country, forinspiring Ethiopians with his songs and his deeds, and for helping poor Ethiopians. I wish him allthe best and to continue to inspire Ethiopians with his songs.Sing Teddy, sing again about ONE ETHIOPIA! May God watch over you.[Reply]October 12th, 2009 at 5:02 PM8.To ER says:Dear ER,Would you please post some video clips?Thanks[Reply]October 12th, 2009 at 5:45 PM9.yared says:OMG I wish i was in addis. i cant wait to c him in LA.Good job Teddy Afro!!![Reply]
  • 35. October 13th, 2009 at 1:28 AM10.Unityyyy says:My innate tells me that eventhough the people love Teddy very much, the 100 thousands are outnot only in support of Teddy but also to show their immense hatred towards the dictator regimewhich killed the economy, democracy and above all the UNITY of the people.Teddy= love, …, UNITYDeath to WeyaneUnity Firrst[Reply]October 13th, 2009 at 1:30 AM11.kebede says:teddy afro rocks!!!!!!!!!!!![Reply]October 13th, 2009 at 6:51 AM12.some 1 says:The 4th comment is very much annoying. Tewodros is the voice of the voiceless and he is singingfor his people, his country and the helpless. He adores his people and the country. He sings fordemocracy, respect for human rights and justice. His sings for reconsilation, peace and security.He also adores God. Thus, he is better than any person claiming to be a ‘Criastian’ and whosimply tries to preach the good of God but doing nothing on the ground, who does not care aboutthe suffering of the people. Please do not try to claim that ‘Mengiste Semeyat’ is/would be ownedby people who are like you. If you donot like to participate in ‘alemawi’ practice, although you doin a wrong way, you should not have read this news. With respect to the editor, I am notwondering why you suspecting the relationship of Teddy with the ‘Ethiopian Government’. Evenme, I wonder how he is allowed to gather this number of people. Let God with him to keep hisindependence and continue to be a voice of his people. The Editor, I know your startegy ofsupporting the Eritrean leader. For you, the enemy of the current government, who ever he isgood to work with. However, (1) the current Ethiopian leader is more Eritrean than the Eritreanleader himself and we do not know what they are doing behind the people. (2). The sources of allthe problems of Ethiopia emantes with Shabia, which has been organizing and manupulatingdifferent parties to disintegrate Ethiopia and the Ethiopian people. Any ‘solution’ which comes andbe ‘supported’ from Eritrean leaders is to meant for removing Ethiopia and its people from theWorld. Please, please, please unless you have your own personal problem, try to supportstrategic view that adresses the problem of the Ethiopian people from the source. Try to use yourcapacity to be part of a group that could mobilize people abroad having different views andparties to come together and come up with a strategy that would give all people better off even iftheir individual interest is compromised. Under the current strategy, only the current rulers arebenefiting while the people are fighting each other for nothing tangible or selfish intrest that maynot be practically achivable or achieved with a possible time bomb for the future generation. Godbless this poor country.[Reply]October 13th, 2009 at 9:10 AM13.Sophanit says:
  • 36. The 4th comment is very much annoying. Tewodros is the voice of the voiceless and he is singingfor his people, his country and the helpless. He adores his people and the country. He sings fordemocracy, respect for human rights and justice. His sings for reconsilation, peace and security.He also adores God. Thus, he is better than any person claiming to be a ‘Criastian’ and whosimply tries to preach the good of God but doing nothing on the ground, who does not care aboutthe suffering of the people. Please do not try to claim that ‘Mengiste Semeyat’ is/would be ownedby people who are like you. If you donot like to participate in ‘alemawi’ practice, although you doin a wrong way, you should not have read this news. With respect to the editor, I am notwondering why you suspecting the relationship of Teddy with the ‘Ethiopian Government’. Evenme, I wonder how he is allowed to gather this number of people. Let God with him to keep hisindependence and continue to be a voice of his people. The Editor, I know your startegy ofsupporting the Eritrean leader. For you, the enemy of the current government, who ever he isgood to work with. However, (1) the current Ethiopian leader is more Eritrean than the Eritreanleader himself and we do not know what they are doing behind the people. (2). The sources of allthe problems of Ethiopia emantes with Shabia, which has been organizing and manupulatingdifferent parties to disintegrate Ethiopia and the Ethiopian people. Any ‘solution’ which comes andbe ‘supported’ from Eritrean leaders is to meant for removing Ethiopia and its people from theWorld. Please, please, please unless you have your own personal problem, try to supportstrategic view that adresses the problem of the Ethiopian people from the source. Try to use yourcapacity to be part of a group that could mobilize people abroad having different views andparties to come together and come up with a strategy that would give all people better off even iftheir individual interest is compromised. Under the current strategy, only the current rulers arebenefiting while the people are fighting each other for nothing tangible or selfish intrest that maynot be practically achivable or achieved with a possible time bomb for the future generation. Godbless this poor country.[Reply]October 13th, 2009 at 9:34 AM14.sugar MwT says:I am so happy he is doing what he wanted to do.He is such an inspirational superstar who is arole model.I just hope he takes care of himself by stayin away from things that could help peoplehurt him.He should be aware that God is not gonna come down and take care of him.And I hopehe finds a lovely and loyal wife and start a family.[Reply]October 13th, 2009 at 10:01 AM15.Melat says:Anbesa Teddy! lela min yigeltsehal! Hule birhan hun.[Reply]October 13th, 2009 at 10:24 AM16.Anonymous says:comment 4 pls go to ur place. we all are normal people who like to appreciate positive things ….udon’t even know ur self eko beshek![Reply]October 13th, 2009 at 11:34 PM17.Anonymous says:
  • 37. well-done Tedy! We love you!Alemu[Reply]October 14th, 2009 at 12:29 PM18.Martha says:I just saw Teddy in Dubai last night and he was AMAZING! Just uploading some video clips fromthe concert on my blog – please check it out: http://justmarthatv.blogspot.com/[Reply]October 17th, 2009 at 3:35 PM19.Thiinker says:wtf is wrong with the guy who gave comment 4. first of all this aint u place man!!! and secondpllzzz don’t think in one direction … shokaka,shutam neger adebabay witana chuh bezi soundih .Teddy is an awesome and brilliant guy man he did it.[Reply]October 23rd, 2009 at 12:29 PM20.Andinet says:The concert remind me so many things, it reminds me kinigit marching people. Look our people Ifeel very sad they are under the bandage of the government they need change like usa people.we need Ethiopian obama. Teddy God bless you. you will be on the history book. we never forgetyou, but don’t be change like those politicians. stay strong.God bless Ethio.»Teddy Afro«Teddy Afro impress fans in LondonDecember 29, 200943Abbay Media | London; Artist Tewedros Kashun , also known as Teddy Afro, one of Ethiopia’smost popular and talented artist, gave a spectacular concert in London last Saturday. In his laststop on his 2009 European tour, Teddy Afro expressed gratitude and respect for his fans, whostood beside him while he was in [...]Phenomenal Teddy concert in Ethiopia buries ethnic slursOctober 16, 20094Makonnen Ittafa | JT guest writer Thousands of Ethiopians attended the latest incredible concertby the popular Ethiopian singer Teddy Afro but some fans were reminded of the tense ethno-political situation in the country with an earful of racist remarks from opposition supporters.Teddy, whose real name is Tewodros Kassahun, was freed from prison in [...]Teddy Afro: The invincible messengerOctober 14, 20097By Abebe Gellaw There are some people blessed with an unbreakable spirit. They can turnadversities into triumph and setbacks into progress. These kinds of people have a deeperunderstanding of life as a rollercoaster with ups and downs, turns and twists, gains and lose,defeats and victories…. They take times of sadness, grief, illnesses, [...]Ethiopian rocker swaps prison cell for spotlightOctober 12, 20096ADDIS ABABA (AFP) – When Teddy Afro leaps onto the stage the crowd goes wild, clapping in
  • 38. the air and singing along with the man seen by many as the voice of Ethiopia’s conscience. Freshfrom his prison cell, the singer known as Ethiopia’s Michael Jackson delighted tens of thousandsof fans with his benefit [...]Teddy Afro can return to what he does best, at a priceAugust 20, 20092An Ethiopian singer freed, Movement of Jah people Aug 20th 2009 | NAIROBI From TheEconomist print edition The country’s Bob Marley can return to what he does best, at a price ITWAS a euphoric week for younger Ethiopians. The country’s great long-distance runner,Kenenisa Bekele, ran down an Eritrean rival to win gold [...]Ethiopia’s Pop Star Out of Jail, to Stage Big ConcertAugust 20, 20095By Omer Redi ADDIS ABABA , Aug 19 (IPS) – He has not yet decided where and when it will be,but Ethiopia’s sensational musician Tewodros Kassahun a.k.a. Teddy-Afro, will stage a majorconcert for the first time after his release from controversial imprisonment. Tewodros is famousand sensational for his strong lyrics; including some [...]Pop star Teddy Afro freed from jail in EthiopiaAugust 14, 20099ETV Interview with Teddy ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s most popular singer, Teddy Afro,was freed early from prison on Thursday after serving 18 months of a two-year sentence for hit-and-run manslaughter. The performer, whose real name is Tewodros Kassahun, was found guiltyof killing an 18-year-old homeless man while driving his BMW in the [...]Teddy Afro to leave jail next monthJuly 17, 200918By arefe | 16, July 2009 It was a foggy and gloomy day in Addis yet news that brightened the dayjust came. Ethiopian popular singer Teddy Afro is getting out of jail in July or August after theAppeal Court of Cassation this morning decided to maintain the two year sentence given by the[...]No final word for Teddy AfroJuly 6, 20096The popular Ethiopian singer Teddy Afro has appeared before Court of Cassation on 2nd July2009 to hear a decision on an appeal filed by the prosecutor protesting the reduction of his prisonterms from six to two years. But Teddy left the courtroom without hearing a final word and hiscase was adjourned for [...]Video : Teddy Afro for FasikaApril 19, 20095Posted 19th April 2009 Video courtesy of ethiofilm1 (Youtube) …………………………………….Return Back to: ABBAY MEDIA FRONT PAGEThe sensational singer Teddy Afro does it again August 28 Posted by: Bini | 28-08-2010, 14:15 | The seasonal singer Teddy Afro does it againBy Alemayehu Seife-SelassieJust last month the sensational singer Teddy Afro announced, during a radio interview, that he is
  • 39. now working on a new album that is scheduled to come out in four months time.Releasing three new singles earlier than the announced time was something audiences neveranticipated.Click Here to Listen all New SinglesThe new singles were first heard publicly Saturday last week on Ethiopicalink FM 98.1. “Eversince we played it over the radio on Saturday, we’ve been getting lots of requests to play it again.People even come to the station, our office and ask us for the CD,” said Birhane Negussie, theradio host of Ethiopicalink.Birhane went on to say that Teddy dropped the CD off at their studio and they have been gettingshowered with requests ever since. According to him, the singles are expected to be available onCD free of charge after the sponsorship deal is finalized. Until then, however, audiences can staytuned and enjoy them over the radio.Click Here to Listen all New SinglesA radio DJ from Sheger FM 102.1 added how his station has also been receiving countlessrequests for the latest singles. The most requested of the three being Teddy’s original, Selam,which is said to be more popular in its contents. The other two are Wolo, originally created byBahiru Kagne, and Zelesegna, a public song. One notable lyric in Selam reflects Teddy’s artisticapproach, it writes, “It is better to die than live in shame. I would rather lose money than loseconsciousness; I will not make money selling my pride.”Other requests the station frequently receives include Bezawit Zeleke’s Menor and Jemeriaylewand Yismalem Berega’s Amrobish. Despite the two singles being released some time ago, theyare still getting significant attention.Teddy Afro is well-known for releasing highly seasonal sentimental singles. The single he wroteand performed overnight, Anbesa Kenenisa [a sentimental song that narrates the substitution ofathlete Haile Gebreselassie by his successor Kenenisa Bekele on the 10,000 meters worldOlympics], is such an example.Teddy is most recognized for his two major hit albums: Abogida and Jah Yasteseriyal. The latterwas released during the time of Ethiopia’s controversial election, five years ago. In his album titlesong Jah Yasteseriyal, the artist criticized the government for failing to bring change, anddiscussed how the public was confused from the provocative election debates. In another songfrom the album, he told the story of a family that was torn up as a result of the war that broke outbetween Ethiopia and Eritrea. Teddy’s songs, although very popular, have been banned frombeing played on local radios. Many DJs in clubs have said they were afraid to play the songs,despite the positive response the songs receive from fans.Click Here to Listen all New SinglesThe controversial artist was sent to jail after he released a single that expressed the joyous moodamong the public following the release of the opposition leaders. Some time later, however,Teddy was imprisoned for a hit-and-run traffic accident. Despite shady evidence, he was foundguilty and released in less than two years. After his release, the artist gave a press conferenceexplaining his intention to perform a concert in Addis Ababa. However, he declined to commenton whether or not he had been forced to refrain from singing songs critical of the government.Teddy performed a successful concert for a large audience at the heavily-guarded Addis AbabaStadium. Though he was, though, subject to criticism by some for refraining from singing his morecontroversial lines.
  • 40. Click Here to Listen all New SinglesEthiopianReporterPhotos: Ebullient Teddy Afro Celebrates 34th Birthday During NYC ShowPublished by Tadias July 19th, 2010 in Events, Featured, Interviews and News. 21 CommentsAbove: Teddy received birthday cheers from his fans duringhis sold-out concert in New York on July 17, 2010 — Tadias.Tadias MagazineEvents News – Photos by Kidane MariamPublished: Monday, July 19, 2010New York (Tadias) – Teddy Afro celebrated his 34th birthday during his sold-out show in NewYork this past weekend.The artist, who treated the audience to a spectacular show on Saturday night, was greeted by hisadoring fans with a chorus of “Happy Birthday” as he kicked-off his concert after midnight.Organizers say between 800 – 1,000 people attended the event. A number of people also stoodoutside unable to find tickets.Teddy Afro kept his audience rocking for over three hours with powerful renditions of his iconicsongs and his trademark message of love and unity: Fiqir Yashenifal – Amharic for “love wins.”Ethiopia’s biggest pop-star also took the opportunity to introduce the founders of Color HeritageApparel, which specializes in Reggae and Ethiopian wear, and announced a possiblecollaboration to develop a Teddy Afro clothing line down the road. Winston Jack, the head of thefashion company tells Tadias Magazine that they are exploring the idea but nothing is finalizedyet. “It is still in the early stages of discussion,” he said. “We will announce it through a pressrelease when it happens.”Here are a few images from Teddy Afro’s concert in Manhattan, which took place at 630 SecondAve. on July 17, 2010.ShareThis21 Responses to “Photos: Ebullient Teddy Afro Celebrates 34th Birthday During NYC Show”Feed for this Entry Trackback Address--------------------------------------------------------------------------------1 GirmaJul 19th, 2010 at 1:30 pmThis was a FANTABULOUS show!!!! I love you Teddy Afro!!2 HewanJul 19th, 2010 at 1:39 pmHappy-Birthday Teddy!!! Looking forward to the clothing-line. Hope it will include women fashion.3 BeneyamJul 19th, 2010 at 5:47 pmWhat a great time it was!!! Teddy Afro, you rock, my man!!
  • 41. 4 Monica EphremJul 19th, 2010 at 6:54 pmThe concert was great! The set, sound, everything!5 Engida (Guest)Jul 19th, 2010 at 10:33 pmHappy Birthday, Mr.T. Afro.6 Muziqa LoverJul 19th, 2010 at 10:43 pmI echo Monica. It was the dopest show. Teddy Afro is quite a stage-man. He has matured both asa musician and as person but still has lots of room to grow. And he is headed for even highersuccess and purpose.7 ambera.fidaJul 20th, 2010 at 2:44 ami love uuuuuuuuuuuuuuu Teddy8 RahelJul 20th, 2010 at 10:16 amFiqir Yashenifal. Yes it does, love wins always!9 LiyaJul 20th, 2010 at 7:14 pmI had a great time. Thank you for the photos!10 Seiume ChinawJul 21st, 2010 at 10:10 amI came all the way from Phili and I got there around 12:45. There were still a lot of people outside.This security looking guy told me that if I wait inline I am going to miss the whole show but if I payhim $50 he will find a way to let me in. I did not trust him so I left.11 DeregeJul 21st, 2010 at 9:52 pmHappy birthday!12 gessesewJul 23rd, 2010 at 1:24 amBetam Arif neber!13 MIMIJul 26th, 2010 at 3:00 pmi LOVE TEDDY AFRO14 derikAug 14th, 2010 at 6:08 ami miss you much, just drop some new hits and that way i can not be alone!15 ERMIAS ZELALEMSep 8th, 2010 at 7:04 pmTeddy H B day. good job berta !u are my Hero we Love u .God Bless u!16 wasihunOct 27th, 2010 at 2:31 pmi love u tedy
  • 42. 17 nebyatDec 25th, 2010 at 4:25 amU R THE BEST SINGER WE EVER HAVE ..GOD BLESS U18 esubaFeb 5th, 2011 at 3:05 ammy hero,yeselame abat melkam“Zemen”yehunelh!!!!1 Color Heritage Premium Reggae ApparelTEDDY AFRO CONCERT NEW YORK CITY «Pingback on Jul 19th, 2010 at 10:01 am2 Color Heritage Premium Reggae ApparelTEDDY AFRO CONCERT NEW YORK CITY «Pingback on Jul 19th, 2010 at 10:03 am3 Color Heritage Premium Reggae ApparelTeddy Afro Concert New York «Pingback on Jul 19th, 2010 at 11:11 amLeave a ReplyNameAll rights reserved.Ethio Quest NewsTogether We Can Make It!
  • 43. Teddy Afro rescue the life of an Ethiopian with 700,000 BirrPublished: Oct 30, 2011 by bini Filed under: Celebrity Entertainment Views: 15,500 Tags: TedyAfro, Ethiopian News[+] [a] [-] Related articles Comments Share3634It was three years before Asmerom Hailesilassie, 31 years old, left Ethiopia to Puntland with hisWife and a little girl.After spending one year working in his own restaurant in Bosaso, Puntland with his wife anddaughter a night comes in December 2009 where five armed robbers try to rape his wife and killhim.On the attempt for self defense by Asmerom and his Ethiopian friends one of the armed robbersgot killed. While his friends have managed to escape, Asmerom got arrested and charged withmurder.Even though Asmeroms’ neighbors testified his innocence, their testimony was not accepted. Asa result Asmerom has to spend one year in prison and sentenced to death.Tribal leaders in Puntland claimed 700,000 birr which is close to $ 40,000 to lift the punishmentand they put a deadline for October 28, 2011.While Asmerom was in prison his wife left Puntland and get back to Ethiopia with their 7 years oldgirl who has been severely injured by the robbers. The girl has died later because of the injuryand no one knows the whereabouts of the mother now, said Asmeroms’ sister Luam Hailesillasie.We wrote many letters to the ministry of foreign affairs asking their help to save his life but wedon’t get any response Luam told Addis Admas.In the meantime Asmerom made a phone call to his family and told them he got only ten days tostay alive. It seems that he already know that he is out of choice and made his last “good bye” forhis relatives on October 18,2011.But his family had to take the last choice, taking the case to a local news paper Reporter and itwas published on October 16, 2011. There was no good news until Thursday evening. Asmeromis left with only a single day and the clock is still ticking.Luam said “We have tried our level best to stop the unfair punishment. Nothing has beenchanged until Thursday night. But that night I got a phone call which tells I have to meet someonethe next morning and he is going to pay the money to save the life of my brother.”When Luam goes to the meeting place on Friday, filled with delight she came to realize that thesavior was artist Tewodros Kassahun alias Tedy Afro.“He said ‘It’s God who did this, not me’ and gave me a cheque of 700,000 Birr. I couldn’t believethat and I didn’t even know what to say. I am just grateful in the name of God and my family. Iloved Tedy and now I love him so much” said Luam.Having the money that Tedy Afro gave her, Luam is now working with the Ministry of ForeignAffairs to arrange the release of her brother.EthiopianObserver