Kiros Alemayehu was born into a farmer’s family near Adi Teka Tesfai (close to Negash?), Kiros was the only child to his parents and hence the name “Kiros”. But Kiros was the equivalent of an army, a bold, fearless patriot who sent even his timid admirers dashing onto the dancing floor all intact with a lion’s heart. Kiros Alemayehu played in different towns as head of a touring bus-load of artists. From Shirre Endasellassie to the remote villages in Raya, Kiros became an icon of indigenous Tigrian music, though much to the dismay of the Dergists.
To the shock of his millions of fans, Kirros succumbed to death from a reportedly intestinal complications in 1994. His modern interpretations of traditional songs and music are justifiably famous throughout the country. The thumping beat of the kebero drums drives the accompanying krar and masenquo along at a leisurely pace with plenty of hand clapping and ‘ullah’s’ from the chorus girls. Kiros’s piercing vocals are delivered in a style which is almost poetic.