Teddy Afro born Tewodros Kassahun Germamo developed an interest in music at a young age having accompanied his father, an artist himself, to attend big musical events where he got a chance to see Ethiopia’s greatest artists up close and personal.
The 41 year old started singing from an early age and while in high school he got together with his friends to form a musical club named ‘Mesatawet’. As a rising artist Teddy took inspiration from both local and international artists. However his bigger icon was always Bob Marley, whom he wrote a song about.
Teddy breakthrough was in 2001 when he released his first album “Abugida” meaning “beginning” in the language of Ge’ez (the predecessor to the modern spoken language of Amharic). The album was well received amongst both music lovers and critics. Since the release of his first album, Teddy remains the face of Ethiopian music.
Teddy, whose music style is mainly reggae rhythms combined with the traditional sounds of Ethiopian music, has released 5 albums with the latest “Ethiopia” being released in 2017. The album broke the nation’s sales record by selling more than 600,000 copies on its first day of release, also topping the billboard music chart.
He has collaborated with several artists from Ethiopia and was also part of an album ‘Survive’ made with Jamaican star Garrison Hawk and the renowned Ethiopian female artist Egygayew Shibabaw (gigi) in 2013.