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Five Ethiopian celebrities we lost suddenly

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Five Ethiopians artists we lost suddenly. Tamrat Desta (born in 1978) is an Ethiopian singer and vocalist. Desta was born in the small town of Tiqur Wuha near Awassa, Ethiopia. He is the second of three children, all boys. After a few years, his family moved to Shashemene and later back to Awassa, where he finished high school. All three towns are located approximately 250 kilometers south of the capital Addis Ababa. In 1998, Desta moved to Dire Dawa, situated 515 kilometers east of Addis Ababa, to live with his guardian and work at Cherqa Cherq Yekenet Buden. There, he received basic training in performing with a band and as a vocalist.
In 1999, Desta relocated to Addis Ababa to pursue his music career. He released his first album ‘Anleyaym’ in 2004, for which he received wide acclaim. Most of the lyrics on this CD were written by Habtamu Bogale, and the melodies of six tracks were composed by Tamrat. Madingo Afework was an Ethiopian singer. Born in Gondar, he moved to military barracks nearby in the region where he was given his name “Madingo” by soldiers. There, Madingo joined the military band Zema Leras. Afework was widely known for his two albums Ayderegim (2005) and Swedlat (2015). On 27 September 2022, Madingo died after being hospitalized at a clinic near his home from an unspecified illness. It was stated that he drove to the hospital where he was given some painkillers before he died at the scene.

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