Tilahun Gessesse (27 September 1940 – 19 April 2009) was an Ethiopian singer who was recognized as one of the 20th century’s most popular Ethiopian artists. During his country’s “Golden Age” in the 1960s, he was known for his tenor voice and was dubbed “The Voice.” Tilahun was a well-known vocalist whose works have left an indelible mark on Ethiopian music. Aside from his celebrity, he donated funds for help during the Ethiopian famines of the 1970s and 1980s, earning him a doctoral degree from Addis Ababa University and a lifetime achievement award from the Ethiopian Fine Art and Mass Media Prize Trust. Tilahun Gessesse was born in Addis Ababa on September 27, 1940, to an Amhara father, Gessesse Negusse, and an Oromo mother, Gete Gurmu. Tilahun went to Waliso’s Ras Gobena Elementary School, where his grandfather was a teacher. His enthusiasm in music grew stronger over time, despite his grandfather’s encouragement to focus on his academic pursuits. Shedad, the principal of Ras Gobena School (who was from Sudan), fostered Tilahun’s passion in music and encouraged him to pursue his musical career in Sudan. Despite the fact that Tilahun did not travel to Sudan, he heeded Shedad’s instruction.