Home | News    Tuesday 21 April 2009

Ethiopia’s "Father of modern music" dies at 69

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

By Tesfa-alem Tekle

April 20, 2009 (ADDIS ABABA) — Ethiopia’s leading Singer ,the legendary Tilahun Gessesse passed away on Sunday midnight at the age of 69 due to accidental heart complication.

JPEG - 6.4 kb
Tilahun Gessesse (ST)

Tilahun, also called "Father, king of Ethiopian music" died at around 1pm (local time) last night, few hours after he arrived Addis Ababa from the United States to celebrate the Ethiopian Easter.

Though Tilahun was immediately taken to 3 different health centers nearby it was difficult to save his life as the health specialists were not available at that moment being off work for the Holiday, family sources indicated.

Tilahun was a role model for new generation singers in Ethiopia. He received an honorary Doctorate Degree from Addis Ababa University and also from the Ethiopia fine art and mass media prize trust for his life time achievement.

Tilahun was born in1940 from his ethnic Oromo mother Gete Gurmu, and his father Gessesse Negusse, who was an Amhara.

When he was fourteen years old, Tilahun was taken by his grandfather to Waliso town where he began attending Ras Gobena Elementary School.

As time went by, his interest in music became increasingly clear, although his grandfather urged him to concentrate on his academic studies. The Ras Gobena School Principal Mr. Shedad who was from Sudan, encouraged his interest in music and urged him to go to Sudan to pursue his music career. Although he did not go to Sudan, he took Mr. Shedad’s advice very seriously and moves forward.

The majority of Tilahun Gessesse’s recordings are in Amharic, though he has recorded a number of songs in Oromo.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 21 April 2009 09:16, by Frak Cho

    Condolosses to the Family of late Tilahun Gessesse.
    May his soul rest in peace.

    repondre message

    • 21 April 2009 11:54, by Tolossa

      May his soul be with God and rest in peace.
      Conodoleses to all his family friends and lovers who mourns is death.
      Tolossa.

      repondre message

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.



Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Problems facing South Sudan must be told 2019-08-25 22:50:20 By Dak Buoth The issues pertaining to our country have always been emotive for they are things to do with war. Over the last seven or so years, South Sudan has dominated the international (...)

Sudan’s Constitutional Declaration was reduced to absurdity 2019-08-13 20:31:25 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman After paying tributes to the martyrs and hoping healing for wounded and offer sincere greetings to the rebellious Sudanese people who are inevitably victorious, having (...)

Options and opportunities for SPLM-N al-Hilu to join Sudan’s transition 2019-08-13 20:06:06 By Ibrahim B. Musa Despite the initial signing of the political on July, 17th, 2019 and constitutional declaration on August 4th, 2019, as well as the previous exhausting efforts made in (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)

Joseph Malwal Dong joined the SPLM/A -IO 2019-04-02 08:35:02 SPLM/A (IO) Press Release 1/4/2019 On Hon. Joseph Malwal Dong Joined the SPLM/A (IO) The leadership of the SPLM/A (IO) would like to seize this precious opportunity to announce to members and (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2019 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.