Famous EThiopian singer Teddy Afro welcoming ceremony in South part of Ethiopia

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Famous EThiopian singer Teddy Afro welcoming ceremony in South part of Ethiopia.

Top 10 Ethiopian Singers of 2019 Featuring Selamawit Yohannes.

As we introduced top 10 all time Ethiopian singers in our previous post. The list continues here. We have presented the artists we ranked from 10 through 7 which featured Bizunesh, Neway, Fikraddis and Ephrem. In this article we are going to present those which are listed there but further description is not given in that particular post.

Number 6: Tamirat Desta

Tamirat was a talented singer as well as a song writer which contributed in many other artists work. The first album released by Tamirat was titled as 'Anleyayim' which gives him a privilege to sit at the very top of artists in the country and brought him wealth and fame at the same time. There were various ladies who fell in love with him as he was young, handsome and amazing singer. This album has a lot of beautiful songs such as 'Hakime nesh'- you are my medicine, 'Ye Liben' - to whom I tell what I feel in my heart, 'Egnan new mayet'- You have to see how we flow together after long time apart. 

Tamirat dropped his second album ten years later in 2014 which was titled as "Keza Sefer" which can be translated as 'That Neighborhood'.  Like the first album his second also has got many favored songs such as 'Lijemamregn new' which can be loosely translated as 'It is about to start',  and 'Selina' a song made with two languages. Honestly speaking Selina was his best song from this brand new album. It is a love song for his fiancée living in another country, in his context Eritrea. 

Tamirat died in April 2018 where he was seeking medical support for his tonsillitis, but he died after wards for unknown reason. The news has shocked the whole country as no has ever heard of him being sick which may result for death. He was a father of six kids. Here is the very best song of Tamirat Desta. 

Number 5: Alli Birra

Ali Bira is a famous Afaan Oromoo singer who was born I love city called Diredawa in 1947. Ali is not just a singer, he is also a poet, nationalist, song writer and a well known composer. Ali joined a cultural group engaged in promoting Oromo culture and the language of Afaan Oromoo unofficially known as 'Afran Qallo' when he was just a 13 years old boy. in 1996 the government officially banned the group and even arrested its members where Ali escaped and moved from Dire to Addis Ababa.

He settled in Addis Ababa and continued to sing many memorable songs which are more of nationalist in nature. He was also part of Kibur Zebegna which consists of artists such as Bizunesh Bekele, Mohammud Ahmed and Tilahun Gesesse.

Some of the very best songs by Ali are: Yaa Hundee Bareeda - The beautiful seed, this song is a nationalist song which aimed at creating awareness among the young generation about resisting the repressive government. Also Yaa Finxee Midhagaa - The sweet bitter self, is his best song.  

The other successful hits recorded by Ali were "Hin Yaadin", "Asabalee", "Ammalelee", and "Gamachu". He is also a role model for many youngsters to follow his foot steps before rising to fame. Recently Ali Birra released a music video named as 'Siyaadekaa' with a talented singer Helen Berhe. You can watch this video here.

Number 4: Tewodros Kassahun 

Tewodros Kassahun also known as Teddy Afro in his professional name among his fans is one of the most loved artists in the country. Most of his songs are not straight forward as they seem when you hear them for the first time rather he uses them to comment on different political issues of Ethiopia.

Teddy Afro has released four official and one unofficial albums to date. The first was released in 2001 an album named Abugida which gave him the chance to get attention from the fans and afterwards rose to fame shortly. This album consists of songs such as 'Leman limash' loosely translated as to whom I talk about you. In 2002 Teddy dropped his second album named Lebo which is not much known among many fans and even some call it unofficial album. Many believe that this album was made in 2000 before the release of his first album but released later.

Teddy released his third and highly anticipated album Yasteseryal in 2005. The album became influential but at the same time controversial as it directly comments his grievance against the ruling party. He even insults by saying there is no change except one oprerassor replacing the other whicle at the same time saluting the former kings which are hated among many ethinic groups for violating their rights and limiting the right of slef expression. 

The fourth album Tikur Sew was released at the eve of Easter in 2012. Where his song Tikur Sew viewed 3 million times with in a week. This song mostly salutes former king Minilik. Many of his followers believe that Teddy is more inclined to the monarchy system instead of modern state which was justified many times in his works. His final album was released in 2017 named as Ethiopia, which is a song about unity and harmony. The timing of this album it self has a lot to talk about as it was one of the most fearful time in the history of the country where many people think there may be a big chance of collapsing as a state. These was followed by many protests specially in Oromia regional state where the resistance made the government weak. The resistance was led by famous human rights activist Jawar Mohammed which includes boycotting markets, closing main roads feeding the capital city, and stopping schools. 

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