Ethiopian singer Teddy Afro, who delivered opening remarks at a U. Embassy-sponsored workshop for students on the occasion of World Environment Day Photo by U. More popularly known as Teddy Afro, his latest album — his fifth — comprises 15 songs of tribute and love that touch on issues of solidarity, reconciliation and the hope of living collectively in a diverse country. The album also includes a song with lyrics in a coded language, which is being interpreted by some as a rebuke to his detractors. Ever since he caught the public's attention with his debut album in early , Teddy Afro has been a household name in Ethiopia.
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As influential figure, Teddy Afro dubbed as "the greatest artist all of time" and renowned for conveyance in political sentiment. Teddy Afro often compared to Tilahun Gessesse of their voices, musical styles and nationalistic sentiments. Despite involving with the entertainment industry, his parents encouraged him to pursue his music career. Teddy Afro made his debut in with the album Abugida , quickly establishing himself as a prominent voice in his native country. Mixing reggae, traditional Ethiopian styles, and pop music, his sophomore LP, 's Yastesereyal yielded a major hit in its controversial title track, which criticized corruption in the country's government. The song "Dahlak" talks about the division of Ethiopia and Eritrea in terms of couples separating. Four of the album's songs were subsequently banned from media outlets, though "Yastesereyal" sales and influence remained controversial.
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