BBC News – Ethiopian reggae singer Eyob Mekonnen dies at 37

August 19th, 2013 Print Print Email Email

Popular Ethiopian reggae singer Eyob Mekonnen has died.

Fans of the 37-year-old singer helped raise money for his treatment after he had a stroke last Tuesday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

He was flown to Kenya on Saturday, but he died in hospital on Sunday.

“He has made such a mark on the Ethiopian music scene, bringing a unique and poetic voice with thoughtful lyrics and a beautiful reggae vibe,”

a posting on his Facebook fan site said.

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“He was one of a kind… humble and extremely loyal,”

Eyob Alemayehu Manager and friend

The page was set up on the social networking site last week called Let Us Pray for Eyob Mekonnen.

Its postings kept fans up-to-date on his condition and appealed for financial help to organise his transfer from hospital in Addis Ababa to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

“He was one of a kind… humble and extremely loyal,”

his close friend and manager Eyob Alemayehu, from the music promoter Yisakal Entertainment, told BBC Africa.

“A man of his word, reliable, caring, a strong believer, very up front, talented and much much more,”

he said.

Born 1975 in the small town of Jijiga, in eastern Ethiopia, Eyob set up a five-man group called Zion Band, which offered a “reggae beat with a distinctive Ethiopian cast”, Yisakal Entertainment said.

His anthems

“promote morality, love, peace and social consciousness”

the promoter said.

Eyob’s debut album Kal came out three years ago to great national acclaim and he had just started his international career, touring the US, Canada and Europe in June, the company said.

A message on the Let Us Pray for Eyob Mekonnen page posted on Monday afternoon said the singer’s body would be returned to Ethiopia on Tuesday and his funeral would be held on Wednesday.

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  1. Abiy Ethiopiawe-S/Wemenfesawi
    | #1

    ሞትህ ውሸት ይሁን።

    እሱም እንዲያ ደግሞ፤
    ሞተብን ወይ ታሞ???…
    እዮቤ መኮንን፤
    ሞትህ ውሸት ይሁን።
    ያበቫው ሬጌ፣-
    ያልሆንከው ባለጌ፤
    ምነውሳ ወዳጄ እዮቤ ወጣቱ፤
    ገና ቀትር ሳይሆን ጠፋህ በጧቱ???…
    እኮ!እስኪ ንገረኝ፤
    ከሙዚቃህ መሐል፣አለ የሚያስተምረኝ???…
    ሙታን ይሰሙኛል ምልክትህ የታል፤
    እባክህ በሙት ድምፅ:-
    ንገረኝ ያንተን ቃል።
    ሞቷል የሚሉኝን በፍፁም አልሰማም፤
    ሁላችን ስለሞትን ባንተስ አልስማማም።
    አዮብ ባለቅላፄ፣
    ጎልማሳው ወጣቱ፤
    “እሰይ አደገ!” ስንል ጠፋህ በጧቱ???…
    ምንድነው ምክንያቱ፤
    የድንገትህ ሞቱ???…
    ያም ሆነ ይህ ቢባል፤
    በዚህ ትግል መሐል፤
    ኢትዮጵያን ሳትከዳ፤
    ትንሳኤ ነው ሞትህ።
    እዮቤ መኮንን፤
    ሞትህ ውሸት ይሁን።

    Eyob Mekonnen

  2. dereje bayisa
    | #2

    Eyob please song 2 me the music from ur album” beka beka yechlemawu nuro”

  3. nadya
    | #3

    Enodehalen Eyob,atresam for ever

  4. RIP
    | #4

    Sad indeed! My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and his adoring fans. Let us hope the talented artist died of natural causes. No one really will find out for sure what of or how the talented young Ethiopian singer died. It seems that in the last decade we’ve been hearing the untimely deaths of many talented Ethiopian artists.

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