Tilahun Gessesse

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Birthday
29, 1940
Birthplace
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Death Date
Apr 19, 2009 (68)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
29, 1940
Birthplace
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Death Date
Apr 19, 2009 (68)

About

Influential tenor pop vocalist known as The Voice during Ethiopia's Golden Age of the 1960s.

Before Fame

His time with the Imperial Bodyguard Band brought him great recognition and also imprisonment after the Imperial Bodyguard staged a failed overthrow of the government in December 1960.

Trivia

He raised funds for victims of the 1970s and 1980s famine in Ethiopia.

Family Life

His grandfather would have preferred that he focus on academics and when he eventually pursued formal music training in Addis Ababa, he did not have the patriarch's approval.

Associated With

His efforts to take Ethiopian music to the rest of the world paved the way for such contemporary Ethiopian singers as Lola Monroe.