The Amharic service’s Radio
Magazine hosts, Addisu Abebe and Alula Kebede, bring you a 50 minutes examination
of the singing career of Tilahun Gessesse. The singer, an icon of Ethiopia’s
thriving entertainment industry, died Sunday April 19, 2009 and was buried
Thursday, April 23, 2009 at Trinity Cathedral following a gathering of hundreds
of thousands who bid him farewell on Meskel Square.
Guests on the show include the
singer’s widow, Roman Bezu, multi-talented veteran musician and composer Merawi
Setot who shared the National Theater stage with the King of Ethiopian Song
during his more than 45-years career; Tesfaye Lemma, reknown composer, poet and
writer, Dawit Yefru, former band member of the famous Roha and current
president of the Ethiopian Musicians Association.
Other interviewees include singer
Teshoma Asseged and pianist Abduke Kefene who worked closely with Tilahun,
vocalist, Yared Yefru, who sang duets with Tilahun in a ride to the air port as
the 68-year-old artist caught a flight back home to Ethiopia, the day before he