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Teddy Afro Online, Offline
Spike in copy sells of a historical novel leads a publisher to run the printing press
Ethiopia’s pop sensation, Tewodros Kassahun, has released his long anticipated album dubbed “Ethiopia”, thereby taking not only of a huge fan base to ecstasy but also triggering the renewed sale of the legendary Amharic novel, “Fiker-Eske-Meqabir“, literally translated “Love to the Grave”.
The publisher of the book, Mega Printing Enterprise, supplied 10,000 copies of the book first published in 1964 to the market, following the release of the album which industry sources said hit a record high half a million copies. Mega Printing distributed the books through its 32 outlets after the title of one Teddy’s songs, “Mar-eske-tuaf“, had leaked before the release of the album two weeks ago, leading retail price of the book to jump by 10 Birr, from its original 91 Birr.
Authored by the acclaimed author, Haddis Alemayehu, the novel remains highly popular among successive generations of Ethiopians. It is also a subject of studies by literary students for decades. One of such students is Molla Feleke who has taken an interest in the book for his post-graduate studies thesis at the Addis Ababa University, in 2008.
Molla writes: The novel “presents a panoramic picture of traditional Ethiopian society with a prophetic vision of change and a defiant voice that speaks out against feudal despotism, exploitation and ignorance.”
Popularly known as Teddy Afro, the performer played a powerful lyrics highlighting one of the main characters in the novel, Bezabih, in a seven-minute song. The music promoted many Ethiopians to rush to buy the book, flocking to book vendors across the city.
Yonas Tefera, a bookseller, located in an area near the National Theater, sold two-third of the 300 copies in three days he received from the publishers on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.
“I’m now left only with few copies,” Yonas told Fortune last Friday.በኢትዮጵያ ስነ-ጽሁፍ ታሪክ ውስጥ ትልቅ ስፍራና ከበሬታ የሚሰጠው ነው– የደራሲ ክቡር ዶ/ር ሀዲስ አለማየሁ ፍቅር እስከመቃብር ረጅም ልቦለድ መጽሀፍ፡፡ source ethiopian news.net
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Ethiopia’s superstar singer, Tewodros Kassahun, popularly known as Teddy Afro has surprised Abel Pawlos, a Music Composer by bestowing him an automobile.
Abel composed took the lion share work on Teddy Afro’s “Ethiopia” album debut, composed 9 songs out of the 14.
He is also on the way to marriage, waiting the response of his girlfriend’s family as per the Ethiopian culture.
Teddy Afro’s album has also made a reputation topping the Billboard “world album” chart, becoming perhaps the second singer to achieve such global heights after Aster Aweke’s Kabu. Although by no means is the highest selling album around the world, it is, however, the top selling album in the “world music” genre, which is defined as traditional non-western music. Billboard uses a combination of actual sales, radio airplay, and streaming data to rank music.
Besides Billboard, the album was at the top of the iTunes “Top 100 World Music Albums”.
All the promo music for the tracks of this album are uploaded to the singer’s official YouTube channel which has 14 million subscribers, earning him B+ rate by Social Blade, a statistics website that tracks statistics and measures growth across multiple social media platforms. VidIQ, a popular YouTube statistic analysing software, estimates Teddy Afro’s official YouTube channel averages 9,900 dollars a month, without commercials. The payments for per view would be deposited into an account under the singer’s name.