Tilahun Gessesse

Tilahun Gessesse

Name Tilahun Gessesse
Profession Opera Singer
Date of Birth 1940-09-29
Place of Birth Addis Ababa,
Ethiopia
Age 68 yrs
Death Date 2009-04-19
Birth Sign Libra

About Tilahun Gessesse

Influential tenor pop vocalist known as The Voice during Ethiopia’s Golden Age of the 1960s.

Early Life Experience of Tilahun Gessesse

His time with the Imperial Bodyguard Band brought him great recognition and also imprisonment after the Imperial Bodyguard staged a failed overthrow of the government in December 1960.

Trivia Info

He raised funds for victims of the 1970s and 1980s famine in Ethiopia.

Family Life and Relationship

His grandfather would have preferred that he focus on academics and when he eventually pursued formal music training in Addis Ababa, he did not have the patriarch’s approval.

Close Associates

His efforts to take Ethiopian music to the rest of the world paved the way for such contemporary Ethiopian singers as Lola Monroe.

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