The Teddy Afro Factors –

June 6th, 2007 Print Print Email Email

It is an open secrete that the Teddy Afro’s music has been phenomenal in the contemporary Ethiopia music history. (more…)

It is an open secrete that the Teddy Afro’s music has been phenomenal in the contemporary Ethiopia music history.

Teddy’s music not only tells the amazing talent that this young man acquires, they also convey the issues that Teddy cares so much about. Apparently what Teddy cares about is what most Ethiopians care about. That is the main reason why his messages are residing in the majority Ethiopians heart and makes his message powerful. Since the release of “Yasteserial”? I had chances to attend three of Teddy’s concerts. In March 2006 in Seattle, in July 2006 in Lose Angeles and again on July 2, in Seattle, Washington. In these concerts I noticed that Teddy flexed his Ethiopian celebrity mussel by drawing large crowed of funs from every age group and gender, particularly the younger generation. Besides entertaining his fan base, Teddy also consistently speaks about, from stage, the matters that are dear to him and to all of us Ethiopians. In my opinion Teddy’s messages can be seen in three main categories.

First, Teddy sings and preaches about how we Ethiopians need to strengthen our unity as citizens of a nation by celebrating the culture and beauty of the diverse ethnic groups that existed in Ethiopia. Teddy articulates that our diversity should be a source of pride, strength and beauty for Ethiopia, not a source of division and chaos. That is how most Ethiopians feel and they have been shown that time and time again. Tolerance, acceptance and mutual respect among Ethiopian ethnic groups are all good for all Ethiopians who are capable of thinking rationally.

Teddy sings and talks about the unity of Ethiopia and at the same time he suggests that he is not a politician and he has little or no interest in politics. That leads me to believe that Teddy thinks that the Unity of Ethiopia is not a political issue, it is not suppose to be like that and the Ethiopia unity shouldn’t be up for discussion by any political organization. I couldn’t agree more. Politicians can have their difference regarding a lot of issues with in the unity of Ethiopia that matters for Ethiopians. The Ethiopian politicians can differ on their economic, educational and other polices. However, they have no right to question whether Ethiopia should remain or stay united as a nation or not. The major United States political parties, Democrats and Republican can be mentioned as a good example in this case. These two major political parties have quite a few logical and natural differences between them regarding how to lead and strength the United States of America. However, both of these parties have an unwavering stand when it comes to defending the United States and never put the unity of their county in a compromising position. All Ethiopian political parties should follow the American political parties’ example for the good of our country.

The other interesting message that Teddy has been communicating from the stage is the need of Diaspora Ethiopians to go back to Ethiopia. (Wede Agre Bete) I am sure Teddy is more than smart enough to know the brutal and dictatorial nature of the governing group in Ethiopia. I am sure Teddy knows that thinking freely and expression of ideas can cost life in Ethiopia. I am confident that Teddy understands that the political and economic instability that cause a lot of us to leave our beloved country still exist in Ethiopia. Nevertheless, he emphasizes that we at some point need to go back to Ethiopia, and he says that is where we belong to. It seems to me that Teddy believes we don’t need the Weyanne’s good will or mercy to go back to our country. I think that Teddy believes that we just can be far away from the challenges that we face now in our country history and be effective catalysts for a change. We need to be close to our country, our people and confront whatever obstacle we may have a head of us. In principle, he is defiantly right. If we love our country and if we care so much about it, we need to find a way to go back and contribute what we can for a positive change. It is true that can be a tough task that could go as far as costing lives for some of us. Given the brutality and irrational thinking of Weyannes What Teddy says and sings on the stage freely has a potential for a trouble for Teddy himself. If I were Teddy, I would not go back to Ethiopia. But, Teddy is not me. He is one courageous and very talented young man who lives what he preaches. That is why I admire him so much. I think he has a rare quality that Ethiopia needs from her children in these very difficult and dark days of our country history.

In conclusion, what we all or at least most of us should learn from Teddy’s factors is that we need to shout for the causes that we believe in. If we don’t speak our mind, if we don’t participate in our country affairs actively, and if we don’t tell hour history, it is easy for others to tell us who we are. Usually they would tell us or paint us as something that they want us to be. That just can’t be good at all. We need to tell who we are, stay active, go back to Ethiopia at least to visit at this point and be a part of the solution that our country needs these days. Vesting or living in our own country, speaking our mind freely and addressing our concerns are just basic human rights that are given to all human beings from the almighty God. We don’t need to wait mercy, permission or a good will from nobody to do that. Imagine what would happen in Ethiopia, if not all of us, if most of us get courage to stand up and be resolute for our convictions. In my opinion that is what Teddy has been doing in a very civil and creative manner, and we all need to do the same thing.

  1. j.p.h
    | #1

    Thank you for this article I have learnt a lot
    From the important points you’ve labeled above.
    I wish courage -
    for this young Ethiopian musician!
    Recognizing his sacrifice for his just beliefs,
    I am left only with one wish for him,
    And that is “Ye Ethiopia Amlak yitebikih”?
    “Egzietene Mariam kegoneh ateleyh”
    Thank you Tedy for all you’ve done!!!

  2. fish
    | #2

    Ehe got the talent and the opportunity therefore his message has power to infiltrate even to the stone hearted woaynes that is why they can’t ingore his lyrics and persuade him to his fall. Teddy did what every ethiopian want to do. This kind of young ppls are born in addis that is why woyane hates addis.

    god bless you Teddy

  3. Melkamu
    | #3

    Teddy is more than a singer for me, a hero
    * while living under tyranny he told us
    “….. addis nigus enji lewt meche meta” and the need for a change for his beloved mama
    * while the mengist tebiyew instigates religous conflicts, Teddy said … “tewado yalebeet muslim kristyanu, tezenegash ende ethiopia mehonu”
    * a dynamic brilliant personality, which in an overnight presented the fruit of his fertile mind and voice “….. anbessa kenennisa” this has a lot message to the nation, what being an Ethiopian inherently means
    * he is the one addressing the nearly on the verge of being forgotten cultures “… abudiga”
    * he showed his belongingness to the patriotic singers like Bob Marley …. “….. shashemenene”
    * …… Lambadinnnnnnna my hero teddy I learnt a lot from not the “sem” but “work” of what is means by Sight and Love
    * knowing all the danger ahead of you, you sang ….”wede hagere ligba”, you are motivated enough to launch projects of education with importing computes (this shows he is not only a simple singer taking a mic on stage but far beyound that)
    * “…. dahlak lay … netelegn kifu zemen”, he knows what the so called librators did and what its implications are for our future unity
    * an important message once I heard from Teddy, I am not a politician but bear in mind if you talk of tef tewedede, etc. you are talking of it indirectly … this is a clear message to the silent majority to say at least lets say ” …. Tef tewedede” and we would ask why?
    * while most fame comes from accumilating wealth, he decided to cancel his income while people were massacred in Addis ….. so Teddy has more human value inside his soul than a material value
    * I could imagine of what it would mean by Teddy has he been so important international figure, being a national hero he is doing his best, I can’t list all his deeds so far and I have a very special place for him as one of those rare assests of the nation. GOD bless you Teddy and keep the good faith in love and your nation. Thanks for the observer to present this article about Teddy.

  4. hailye
    | #4

    First of all, thank you for the observer who pointed out interesting points about about Teddy Afro.
    I have no word to admire Teddy Afro. He is the best of all at this time who speaks out in his own words and mind, not others idea.

    Therefore I simply prefer to say “You are the 21st century Tewodros (yekuaraw Kassa)”.

    May God save you from evil!

  5. ANON
    | #5

    Teddy is indeed a phenom. That does not, however, mean he is above reproach. Here is an interesting article regarding his albums “yasteseryal” and “shemendefer.”

  6. rita
    | #6

    Teddy is a promising young muscian. i was watching one of the concerts he was performing i think it was in Minessota. What i have seen from that concert will stay in my mind the rest of my life or has taught me a lot. He picked a certain lady FROM the crowd, I think the lady is from GAMBELA and dance with her. FOR ME THIS IS A GREAT LESSON OF MY LIFE, that was a great symbol of our unity.

  7. 1 fikir
    | #7

    he deserves more than thanks. every body can think but speaking out loud is very different that is what i seen on Teddy

  8. fish
    | #8

    What aboyt cadres of weyane what do you say about this hero? or you didn’t get yet the article from your master. yeha, man and tplf especially. This week i think meles gave you hard time becasue the circus performers and the cyclist defect nad you have nothing to say because it time and Anna gomez and donald payn is going to give you more hard time on your lies. you liar.

  9. Melkamu
    | #9

    Thanks for genuine comment ANON, it wont surprize me if some one finds a fault from people like Teddy who are striving tireless for their nation. Yesera bisasat ayigermegnim instead of “zim bel”, faults should be dealt positively unless intentionally misleading. Nevertheless the whole message of his song “Shemendefer” was “Enifaker”. It tells me how visionary and courageous Teddy was to tell historical facts about the major religons which have unique facts when it comes to Ethiopia. Lets talk on contexual basis, for that matter, forgetting all the message of ” yasteseryal”
    ….. Kim bekel metfo new kamlak yaleyayal ….. Ossisa Ossisa Ossisa manela
    …… moferun yazuna yikir tebabalu
    ….. eski teyayazu yiyayaz ejachihu beliyunetachhu
    …..wegene aleke bewesib esat
    ….. aynegam woy letu …. mamaye” some try to smear him quoting a single line “be asra sebat merfe ….”, he is someone speaking his mind, a young visionary trying to bring about change to his motherland, lets make our concerns properly.

  10. Kinfe Mikael Debesh
    | #10

    I am happy we have Tedy,Got sei Danke;
    At the same time I would like to tell Tedy that he could not be out our current sitiuation.
    As we all Know Bob Marley he tried to Trace all Blacks Problem he Facee iT also.
    The same way Tedy try to face only the Truth of our Poor People.They need your help.
    As we All know Solomon was like real Artist who have the problem but It makes It like bitch
    because he did not his texts,may he will become again Pente or Menzuma singer ,he was like a bitch he just played like Parote,I am not sure he understand it.

  11. guram haile
    | #11

    People let’s stop politics and start working.

  12. ke debube ethiopiawi (welatawo)
    | #12

    i don’t really know how to describe teddy afro but i will say this he is my true hero!!! the person i look up to and admire the most!!!

    his contribution to the unity of ethiopia is beyond any politican can say or do in practice. teddy has no hate or issue of being wolayta, oromo, aharia, tigre, gambella, somali or etc for him being ethiopian is a blessing from above!!!!

    to me personally he won my hurts like kinijit leaders back home in (kaliti) and Neway and Tamigne true ethiopian artists!!!

    lets face it todays musician all they care about is the money, meaning how much they make this is true from Aster awoke to Hamalmal, Solomon tekaligne (addisu woyanne) to many hodam singers!!!

    Teddy songs are not only caring but they are also songs that touch many i mean the majority of ethiopians over 96% of us who care and love the existance of our land!!!

    when he is on the stage and call different ethiopian places he does so with such passion and love for the people of that area and their suffering under this tyrant regime!!!

    teddy sends awarness particularly for young ethiopians that our great grand fathers fought for the existance of us today but what are we doing today? he make us realise that if we stick together anything is possible even becoming a wealthy flourish nation once again!!!

  13. Mekonnen
    | #13

    I belong to the lost generation. My generation is the generation that was enamoured by Muluken Melese and Aster. Muluken Melese is lost to us the generation he inspired and more importantly Ethiopian music when we all lost our innocence due the brutality of the Mengistu regime. My generation was betrayed by Mengistus regime who could not tolerate its elders or my generation which was young enough to be its offspring. They were the blade that cut both ways. They thought they would last forever. They are gone! Now and today is another day. We have a regime with the titular head older than my generation and more brutal and inssidious tham Mengistus. The Meles and Sebhat regime is the most cruel Ethiopia ever witnessed. My generation is waking up. But there is another more beautiful and virile and smart generation that is inspired by its grand fathers such as Proff Mesfin and Eng Hailu Shawel that is the beacon of Ethiopia. Thx to Berhanu Nega and Dr Yakob We have Muluneh Eoel and Birtukan Mideksa in Politics. And we have Teddy Afro Kassahun in music. My genertion though older accepts the leadership of the likes of the younger Birtukan and Muluneh for one simple reason. They are us and we are them. The genereation continues. We adore heroes. We are Ethiopians. We love music. Teddy Afro has lifted us from the slump. I want and I love Teddy the Musician. I dont expect him to be a politician like I dont expect my car Mechanic to lead me. As far as I am concerned Teddy is the man who brought me back to appreciate my own music. When Muluken left I was dissapointed and turned off. Dont blame me as it is a matter of taste. When I heard Teddy Afro I was turned back on. Then I noticed that it was not only me but also my contemporaries,not only them but all my elders such as my father and his friends and those younger than me such as my first born who is close to Teddys age and my lttle girl who is young enough to be my grand daughter. Teddy is is the only singer I know that has made age difference meaningless. It is to us as Motzart has come to the Austrians. Dont tell him what to do. Let him sing, sing and sing with out him making a speech. Like the great beauty of Kinijt’s leaders who are teaching us the value of the Politics of Love, Peace and Unity Teddy is the young man that inspires us to show the world that Ethiopia has songs with meaning. Teddy do what you do best. Sing your heart out for your beloved country and us your listners. As far I am concerned you dont have to say more than what your songs say.

  14. Melkamu
    | #14

    Teddy Afro, the new Reggae God of Ethiopia, listen to an interesting clip from afro pop

  15. daniel
    | #15

    Thank u very much MESFIN for describing . That is what we need to do for our country and for us .Tedy is not only singer but he is also a teacher .

  16. Arefe
    | #16

    teddy young,talented and dream of hope in new generation not only making money but also to teach them who are they? where they come from?
    where are they? where they are going?
    especially solomon kebatariw!
    Ethiopia has 12 univrsities we have a plan to built 13 universities ( meles)
    solomon ethiopia had 12 universities now 123
    please mr,Teddy donot be engage in politics
    it is enough to be a good example for some idiot.we love and respect you as a patriot.
    ” esti tenesuna yiyayaz egachu alebeleziama
    endate yitawekale egian mewededachu”
    I wish you evry succss in your career!!!!!!

  17. ma
    | #17

    I did read the article at

    and also comments by Melkamu above. There is no doubt Teddy is sensational but the implications of his songs on society could be very damaging. In effect, he is promoting the idea of Christian-Muslim marriage. The only institution that can marry a Christian and a Muslim is not the Church or the Mosque but a civic organization such as the Municipality. That surely makes both the church and the mosque irrelevant. And how are the children to be brought up? Is this what we want? In other words, we want to resolve a problem only to create a worse problem. I think we need to be coolheaded and not be taken in by flashy acts. Even Teddy can make mistakes and must be censured. Don’t forget he may not be competent to interpret for us our history or the history of societies or even the impact his songs will be having on social policy and public morality. The fact that the Moderator of AbugidaInfo allowed variety of opinions shows a commitment to serve public interests and the free flow of ideas!! Good job!

  18. kidan
    | #18

    hi teddy this yashi

  19. kidan
    | #19

    This is yashi again i just want to say u are a king! And i want u to stay on your words like u said we have to get together write? And u should be together with the one u love too.

  20. | #20

    hello my names ali iliv in somali very cood teddy ok bro byyyyyyyy

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