ቴዲ አፍሮ ቀደም ሲል በአውሮፓ ኮንሰርቱን ሲያዘጋጅ ለኢህአዴግ ቅርበት ካላቸው ወገኖች ጋር ውል መፈራረሙን ተከትሎ በውጭ ከሚገኙ በርካታ ኢትዮጵያዊያን ተቃውሞ ቀርቦበት እንደነበር ይታወሳል፡፡ ነገር ግን አዘጋጆቹ “የጥቂት ጽንፈኛ ዲያስፖራዎች ሴራ ነው” በሚል የሰጡትን ምላሽ ተቀብሎ በሰላማዊ ሰልፍ እንዲፈታ ብዙ ከጣሩለት ወገኖቹ ጋር በመቆራረጥ ስራውን ቀጥሏል፡፡ ብዙዎች በተለይ በአገር ውስጥ ያሉ ኢትዮጵያዊያን ሁኔታው ብዙም ግልጽ ስላልሆነላቸው በግዮኑ ኮንሰርት በርካታ ቁጥር ያለው ተመልካች ሊገኝለት ችሏል፡፡
በዛሬው ዕለት ግን ቴዲ በአዲስ ቪው ሆቴል ብዙዎችን ያስደመመ አሳፋሪ ስራ በመስራት የፖለቲካ አቋሙን ግልጽ አድርጓል፡፡ ቴዲ አፍሮ ለአስተባባሪዎቹ በሰጠው ትዕዛዝ ከኤሌክትሮኒክስ ሚዲያ የኢትዮጵያ ሬዲዮና ቴሌቭዥን ድርጅትና የሚሚ ስብሐቱ ኤፍ ኤም ከጋዜጦች ደግሞ ኢትዮ ቻናል እና ሪፖርተር ብቻ እንዲገኙ ስም ዝርዝር በመስጠት ከነዚህ ውጪ ማንም ሚዲያ እንዳይገባ ከልክሏል፡፡
በዝናብ በጸሐይና በፖሊስ እየተደበደቡ የፍርድ ሂደቱን ለህዝብ ሲያሳውቁ የነበሩና (ዛሬ በፖለቲካዊ አቋሙ ምክንያት በጠላትነት መታየታቸውን በመዘንጋት) በቦታው ላይ ደርሰው ለመግባት ጥያቄ ያቀረቡ ሚዲያዎች በጋርዶቹ ዛቻና ማስፈራሪያ ከአካባቢው እንዲጠፉ ተደርጓል፡፡
ድምጻዊው ለምን እዚህ ውሳኔ ላይ ሊደርስ እንደቻለ አውራምባ ታይምስ ከራሱ ከቴዲና ከማናጀሩ ለማወቅ ያደረገው ጥረት አልተሳካም፡፡
Is Teddy Afro Just another Entertainer?
One can’t look back on Teddy Afro’s carrier without remembering his famous songs such as YASTESERYAL, OOTAYE, and DAHLAK. His songs have vivid and unifying power to the people who struggle against injustice and tyranny. As result of his powerful songs, the young star had become a national icon of freedom of expression and faced a revenge motivated charges solely related to his criticisms against the rulers of Ethiopia. The power of his songssongs have forced millions of people to stand with him, to pray for his release, to demand foreign authorities to urge Ethiopia’s rulers to immediately release the artist, to sign petitions and honor his vision on peace, fairness, forgiveness, tolerance, national healing .
Following his release from jail, however, his position on his own songs, on freedom of expression and justice has become controversial and the talk of the town.
According to some sources, the superstar may have actually signed a 250, 000 dollars contract to censor himself and not to play his most beloved songs such as YASTESERYAL, OOTAYE, and DAHLAK (unless forced). The above troubling doubts or rumors appear partially supported by the observations that were made during his recent shows including the triumphant ‘back-in-freedom concert’ in Addis Ababa, where he donated 1.1 million Ethiopian Birr to the regimes phony Elshadai Relief & Development Association.
To make the matter worse , the most recent concert in DC was not also short of condemnation and critiques. The performance by young artist who arrived in capital city of the politics Washington, to entertain Ethiopians living in DC metro just two days after the end of 2009 was reported to be no where close to what many of his fans expected.
Although the promoters expected to see DC Armory be filled with thousands of Ethiopians, the turn out was reported to be unsatisfactory. According to observers who attended the concert and some whom were connected with the promoters, Teddy Afro’s concert at the DC Armory was unimpressive perhaps disappointing. The artist who once climbed to be considered as the young Bob Marley of Ethiopia was reported to appear just as any other “singer “ who arrived from Ethiopia to entertain the depressed minds and souls of immigrants if they were willing to pay $ 50 dollars. Many also expressed their dissatisfaction because he failed to express Ethiopian-gratitude to the Diaspora community that supported him during his difficult times.
All above raised issues are becoming colossal challenges to Teddy Afro as they are tainting his superstar image.
If Teddy Afro does not adequately and timely address the rumors and convince Ethiopians who have begun to question his uprightness, he may not be very far away from joining the fate of some former entertainers who allowed themselves to be mentally enslaved and lost their respect. We hope it is not going to be what they call the rise and fall…..of Teddy Afro.
*Sometimes in life you feel the fight is over,
And it seems as though the writings on the wall,
Superstar you finally made it,
But once your picture becomes tainted,
It’s what they call,
The rise and fall
* Lyrics: the rise and fall by Sting.