According to Addis Ababa Mayor’s Office, the decision to cancel Teddy Afro’s Ethiopian New Year Concert was taken to give space to a different music event said to be affiliated to the ruling party.

By Lucy Ilado (Music In Africa) |

The concert, which was planned to take place on 10 September (the eve of Ethiopian New Year) at the Addis Ababa’s Millennium Hall, was expected to draw more than 10 000 people. The artist was reportedly to receive 76,980 USD (1.8 million ETB) from organizers of the event Joy Events and Promotion PLC, which sent an application for the concert at the start of July.

According to the Mayor’s Office, the decision was taken to give space to a different music event said to be affiliated to the ruling party. The Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is set to attend this replacement concert.

The cancellation is third time for unlucky for Teddy Afro who was denied a permit for same event in 2015 and again last year. An interview with the artist on state television was abruptly cancelled earlier this year (May 2017), after which the interviewer (host of the Sunday Entertainment Show) resigned. The streak of cancellations has been attributed to some of his politically vocal songs.

These songs, mostly from his third album Jah Yasteseryal, were released in 2005, same year that saw a wave of anti-government protests quashed violently by security forces during election period. Jah Yasteseryal accused the government of failing to deliver on its promise of change, making it an anthem for anti-government protesters.

Nevertheless, the event’s organizers are yet to give up. They have announced that Teddy Afro’s Ethiopian New Year Concert has been postponed. The new date for the concert is yet to be announced.

Source: Music In Africa
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