Teddy Afro’s new year concert, which was to take place on 10 September 2017 at the Addis Ababa’s Millennium Hall is cancelled, according to sources. The artist was reportedly to receive $76 980 (1.8 million birr) from organisers 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 government. The Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemarim Desalegn is set to attend this replacement concert.
The event had been expected to draw more than 10 000 audience. As reported by a prominent journalist quoting the source he claimed reliable, the organosers said, “We don’t want to challenge them now and blow this issue up. We just want to push the dates futher”.
It is to be remembered that ten years ago at the eve of the Ethiopian millennium, Teddy Afro was denied permission to perform at the millennium hall, where the grand national concert is held and the late prime minister Meles Zenawi was in attendance. It had been in refusal of the pre condition set by the government forbidding him to sing specific songs like “Yasteseryal”, which are considered politically sensitive, that Teddy didn’t perform then.
However, the single he released during the millennium new year entitled, “Abebayosh” was one of the most popular hit songs of the time. The song has continued to be one of the favorite Ethiopian new year songs like Aster Awoke’s “Eyoha”.