Milly Wessy hopes to ‘fuse’ his style with local N.L. (Canadian Province) musicians to create original sound

By Geoff Bartlett (CBC News) |

Most locals have likely never heard of him, but one of Ethiopia’s newest music sensations is growing his international fan base, all while living in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Milly Wessy is a performer from Ethiopia who came to St. John’s to be with family. However that didn’t stop him from racking up millions of views on YouTube and other social media sites with pop music videos sung in his own language.

In fact, the video for one of his biggest hits, Shemshirshaye, was even filmed in St. John’s, Canada.

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He even used some local volunteers as extras in the video, which had 600,000 views on YouTube as of Aug. 10. It’s one of two videos Wessy has filmed since he moved to Newfoundland.

Peace and quiet

Milly Wessy and his manager Hamerti Melka admit it’s unusual to be making and promoting Ethiopian pop music from a place like Newfoundland, but they say it’s been working out so far.

“I like St. John’s, it’s a very quiet and a peaceful place,” Wessy told theSt. John’s Morning Show.

Manager Melka said they can still keep track of Milly Wessy’s growing popularity even though they aren’t in Ethiopia. She said they would like to stay in St. John’s, but will leave for a while if it’s necessary to continue building his career.

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