Ethiopian Singer May Be Jailed Because Of Music – By Gwen Thompkins (NPR)

August 3rd, 2009 Print Print Email Email

Teddy Afro is one of Ethiopia’s most popular singers. Afro, whom fans call Ethiopia’s Bob Markley, is in prison. Many are convinced that his legal troubles are related to his music. Some of Afro’s songs seem critical of Ethiopia’s government. (more…)

Teddy Afro is one of Ethiopia’s most popular singers. Afro, whom fans call Ethiopia’s Bob Markley, is in prison. Many are convinced that his legal troubles are related to his music. Some of Afro’s songs seem critical of Ethiopia’s government.

Listen to NPR’s Audio Report on Teddy Afro.

  1. alemue
    | #1

    weyane will jial anyone who is no tigrain. weyane consider everyone that is non-tigrain terrorist. I say ethiopia has been under sieged by weyane TPLF for the last 18 years. if we ethiopian don’t wake up. it will contune and our people will suffer.
    The looser between ethiopian-eritrea coopeartion is the tigrain people. Isayas of eritrea believe united sudan & united ethiopia, not ethnic based politics like weyane TPLF. you only have to listen to the interview he gave to Elias of ethiopian review.

    make your judgement.

    weyane fear is that ethiopian will work with eritrean government. that is weyane worest fear.
    Medrek party is a wayne extension, the core economic & military power is tplf, tigrain 1st citzen and other second. yeap. seya, and gebru asert is another coin of TPLF. They(seya&Gebru) are more loyal to tigrain people than ethiopia. real ethiopian oppostion are G7,OLF,ONLF,EPPF & TPDM. other in addis are power hungery man with no value.

  2. ዘነበ ጌታነህ
    | #2

    ጀግና ሊፈታ ነው

  3. ስላም
    | #3

    ቲይድ ሊፈታ ነው

  4. leul – Dallas
    | #4

    God be with you teddy. You are our hero!

  5. ABBY saying
    | #5

    I believe 100% Teddy Afro, is a freeman. The motive his in prison because his freedom of speech (in music), the love of his country and the people of Ethiopian. God bless Teddy Afro!!! One thing to be certain is Meles and his thugs will pay the price soon the day is not far away.

  6. Habesha
    | #6

    Although I don’t want to state whether he is innocent or not since I don’t know the whole situation, it seems like his incarceration was politically motivated. Meles & co. knows music’s ability to excite and capture audience. Thus, they feared since Teddy’s music was critical of them, his songs might help create a revolution and a resistance force among the youth. They, thus, had to put him in jail and cripple the little hope the youth or the potential resistant group may have had.
    Meles & co. are teriffied of the youth. They know since most of Ethiopia is comprised of the youth, any politically motivated youth is a big threat to them due to his/her apeal to the mass. That’s why they jailed Birtukan and Teddy.

    Meles remembers the student movement he part took in and he doesn’t want the same excitement by the current youth again since he fully knows the danger.

  7. Anonymous
    | #7

    we love u teddy

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  9. ግደይ
    | #9

    I heard a cry in the night,
    A thousand miles it came,
    Sharp as a flash of light,
    My name, my name!
    It was your voice I heard,
    You waked and loved me so –
    I send you back this word,
    I know, I know!

    ምርጥ ግጥም፣

    በእስር ለሚገኘው፣ ለወንድም ድምጻዊ ወጣት ቴዎድሮስ ካሳሁን ።

    ከ ሰላምታ ጋር ****

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