Traditional Ethiopian performer whose career began in 1957. He is known for his Gurage songs, including "Alem Bire."
He was a deacon in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
He was passionate about his health, exercising frequently and encouraging running as a pathway to longevity.
He has fathered eighteen children; his first wife passed away after they had been married for a year.
He was a contemporary of Ethiopian religious leader Abune Paulos.