Teddy Afro (real name is Tewodros Kassahun) is an Ethiopian music sensation and one of the most successful singers and song writers from Ethiopia in recent times. Teddy’s musical success has been credited to the powerful messages conveyed through his songs. From compassion to courage and from forgiveness to love, Teddy has been able to break artistic boundaries that were previously untouched. He has been compared to Jamaican reggae legend Bob Marley, in part because of his ability to bring a political, spiritual, and rhythmic presence to his listeners. Teddy is also noted for his work with other young and inspiring artists throughout Ethiopia.
In 2001 Teddy Afro stepped into the limelight. What Teddy has become since is something beyond what he would have ever contemplated for himself. “Teddy Afro” was born on 14 July 1976 to parents of artistic talent and fame. While his mother, Tilaye Arage, was well known in Ethiopia for her professional dancing, his late father, Kassahun Germamo, was a renowned and highly regarded Ethiopian songwriter. As stated by Teddy Afro himself in his tribute song to his late father called Music – My Life, Teddy’s father always resisted the idea of his son becoming a musician. However, Teddy trusted his own instincts and evolved into the single most popular pop-star Ethiopia has produced. Not only is he a vocalist that countless Ethiopians have come to adore, he also writes his own meaningful lyrics. His father did not live long enough see the effects of his son’s music on the lives of Ethiopians all over the world. But Teddy tells his deceased father in Music – My Life, “that he will continue to exist through the artistic works of his son.” He continues, “that his life is intrinsically intertwined with music and that he cannot live outside of it.”