Teddy Afro is the stage name of Tewodros Kassahun Germamo, an Ethiopian singer-songwriter. Teddy is regarded as one of the greatest Ethiopian musicians of all time. Teddy is known for his revolutionary songs and political dissent sentiment. Teddy has had a significant cultural impact on the Ethiopian music scene and has influenced many up-and-coming musicians. Tewodros Kassahun Germamo was born in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, on July 14, 1976, to dancer Tilaye Arage and singer Kassahun Germamo. Tewodros is of Amhara ancestry. Despite his involvement in the entertainment industry, his parents told him not to pursue a career in music. Teddy Afro made his debut in 2001 with the release of the album Abugida, quickly becoming a well-known figure in his homeland. His second studio album, Yastesereyal, released in 2005, blended reggae, traditional Ethiopian music, and pop music. Its contentious title track, which decried government corruption, became a huge hit. In the context of divorcing couples, the song “Hab Dahlak” discusses the division of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Despite the subsequent media outlet bans on four of the album’s songs, “Yastesereyal” sales and influence remained divisive. On February 22, 2020, Kassahun performed the Adwa! Wede Fikir Guzo concert in Addis Abeba Meskel Square in front of a record-breaking crowd. Teddy published “Demo Be Abay,” a song honoring the Abbay river, also referred to as the Blue Nile River in English, on August 3, 2020. The attitude of Egypt, or “Egypt’s shamelessness,” in regard to its claims over the waters of the Nile is criticized in the song. Egypt had asserted that the threat to its water supply posed by the filling of the reservoir for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
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