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  • Teddy Afro and His Holy War Remark

    Last week witnessed an interesting turn of events surrounding an alleged comment artist Teddy Afro gave to the Enqu magazine in an exclusive interview.Enqu magazine's cover quoting Teddy Afro as saying 'For me, Menilik's unification campaign was a Holy War' - (Ethiopia).

    The first soft copy version of the magazine quoted the singer saying: ‘For me, Menelik's unification campaign was a Holy War'.

    The cover carrying the above comment was distributed by the editors of magazine through their email database. That led to an uproar of anger and criticism on the already controversial Teddy .

    Later on, another cover of the hard copy emerged with a completely different header – where Teddy emphasizes his trademark rhetoric of – ‘understating history and the past to create the future' (not a direct translation).

    Then some groups who kept quite or defended Teddy on the first comment started bashing the Teddy critiques. They claimed that it was a conspiracy to destroy the good name and will of the singer. Some claimed that it was a Photoshop.

    Subsequently, another revelation surfaced.

    The editors of the Enqu magazine sent an apology letter to their subscribers explaining that it was all a ‘technical' error and claimed Teddy did not make the ‘Crusade' remark.

    That is where things stand so far as far as I am informed.

    What do I make of the saga?

    First, I have worked in the print media at least for three years and understand the basic and simple procedures of publication, especially the front page approval process.

    I can claim boldly that the cover page was not distributed without the approval of the managing editor, editor-in-chief or other high ranking person in the magazine. It could not be a technical error that slipped through. That raises the possibility that the editorial team agreed to send it through but later decided to alter it.

    Second, Teddy Afro is very capable of making such comments.

    His unreserved love and appreciation for Menelik, his unexamined and narrow knowledge of history, and the existence of a fan base that swallows whatever comes out of him without chewing are the three most points that facilitate such a statement.

    I was as usual disappointed by the people who said nothing about the ignorant and insensitive comment (even at the time it was sure that he said it) or those who even tried to defend it. Shame on You.

    Teddy's preaching on peace, love and unity is a uninformed, shallow and naive. There can't be love without truth. And at this moment he doesn't look like he is able or willing to face the truth and preach it.

    I restrain myself from commenting on such incidents, but I am forced to do so now because of his huge following the unimaginable hypocrisy of people who preach love and unity.

    It is sad that our debates and discussions are not informed and is initiated by a confused and mis/uninformed singer.

    By Hallelujah Lulie | dailyethiopia.com
    * The author Hallelujah Lulie is a researcher at Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and a guest writer on this blog (Daniel Berane).

    Here is the Full Enku Magazine Interview in Amharic

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  • Teddy Afro New Single for the Walias

    The latest from Teddy Afro is that he has a new single and is set to come out tomorrow Oct 19, 2013. Everyone was wondering why Teddy Afro was silent about the Ethiopian Football Team that's on the rise.

    Finally the Controversial and Ethiopia's biggest reggae star will release a song dedicated to the Ethiopian Team that will face Nigeria next month. The Ethiopian National football team was beaten 2 -1 at home game and despite defeat Coach Sewent Bishaw thinks the Team has what it takes to beat Nigeria in Calabar.

    The Title of the Song is Called "Meret Simeta", lyrics and Melody by Teddy Afro as usual and the music will be arranged by Abegaz Kibrework Shiota.  The Music Video for this Single will also be featured on DireTube as soon as it is available.

    DireTube.com will post the new single tomorrow Oct 19, 2013 at this page, on Facebook, Twitter and Amharic Page.

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  • Mahmoud Ahmed and Teddy Afro Bring Echostage Home

    The two Ethiopian singers who performed early Saturday morning at Echostage, Mahmoud Ahmed and Teddy Afro, represent different styles and different generations. The 72-year-old Mahmoud sailed Semitic-style melodies over instrumental accompaniment that drew on 1950s jazz, while the 36-year-old Afro emphasized reggae, with some forays into funk-rock. Despite the stylistic differences, each drew a similarly ecstatic response from the crowd, which was heavily Ethiopian and Eritrean and large enough to pack the main floor of the 4,000-capacity club, Washington’s largest concert venue.

    The concert was the biggest in a week of shows scheduled to complement this year’s Ethiopian Sports Tournament. The crowd was initially greeted by DJs who played a mix of Ethiopian pop and Jamaican dance-hall; video screens displayed pan-African symbols and the former Ethiopian flag, which has been redesigned several times since Emperor Haile Selassie was deposed in 1974 — an event that also interrupted Mahmoud’s career.

    The live music didn’t begin until 12:35 a.m., when a sextet began to play dub-style reggae. The band was soon joined by Afro (born Tewodros Kassahun), who began with the first of several anthemic numbers about his native land and home continent. The audience sang along, often providing the rejoinder for the call-and-response choruses, as hundreds of arms pumped the air. Video images also cued the crowd, notably during “Haile Selassie,” which was accompanied by pictures of John F. Kennedy with the ousted Ethiopian leader at the White House.

    Afro has a penetrating tenor, not unlike that of Senegal’s Youssou N’Dour. It commanded the music, whether the cadence was a loping reggae beat or a straightforward funk-rock rhythm. Traces of traditional Ethiopian modes could be heard in the vocal melodies, but the hour-long set’s epic number, “Tikur Sew” (black man), sounded as much U2 as East Africa.

    Mahmoud, who arrived onstage at 1:45 a.m. for a 55-minute performance, is known in the West mostly from reissues of 1960s and ’70s recordings that feature large horn sections. At Echostage, he was backed by a quartet that included a single saxophonist and an assertive rhythm section. Rolling bass lines propelled the arrangements, while the drummer both kept the beat and played against it. Mahmoud’s keening, vibrato-heavy voice delivered tunes based on a venerable five-note scale, suggesting everything from old-school Egyptian pop to klezmer and Jewish liturgical chants.

    Dressed in a white suit and black shirt, Mahmoud embodied the range of his style. Although the American influences were obvious, his vocalese was clearly from someplace else. To Western ears, the combination sounded exotically lovely. But to most of the listeners, it seemed, Mahmoud’s music just sounded like home.

    Mark Jenkins is a freelance writer.
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  • Teddy Afro becomes a father!

    Tewodros Kassahun and Amleset Muchie have welcomed their first child today. The couple who was wed on September 27th 2012 are now parents to a baby boy. The newly parents have named their child "Michael".

    We will be posting pictures of Michaek Tewodros as soon as we get hem:) Congratulaions to Teddy and Amleset:) Enkuwan Mariam Marechish:)

    More Pictures Coming Soon

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  • Ethiopia fans in South Africa apologise for bad behaviour

    RUSTENBURG, South Africa, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Ethiopia fans took the unusual step of apologizing for their unruly behavior in last Monday's match against Zambia by waving a banner during the game against Nigeria on Tuesday.

    "We apologise for our behaviour, but we love the game" was written in huge letters on the banner against the background of the green, yellow and red colours of the Ethiopian flag.

    It was unfurled at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace during the team's final Group C match.

    The fans threw missiles including plastic vuvuzelas, bottles and other objects on to the field at Nelspruit's Mbombela Stadium after their goalkeeper Jemal Tassew was shown a red card for a challenge on Zambian midfielder Chisamba Lungu.

    The game was held up for nine minutes while the debris was cleared and the Ethiopian FA was fined by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

    (editing by Ed Osmond)

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