Teddy Afro, the most popular Ethiopian singer, was recently released from prison after serving time for what was widely believed to be trumped-up charges. “Mr Afro was jailed for a hit-and-run incident in 2006, despite always insisting that he was not in the car which the prosecution said knocked down and killed a homeless man in Addis Ababa.” The real reason, according to his supporters: His music upset the country’s prime minister, Meles Zenawi, who is an ally of the United States.

Among these the song, “Yasteseryal,” (the video, above, is a mash-up):   “Mr Afro got into trouble for songs which compared Mr Meles’s lot to a brutal junta.”

Give me more of this music.

Sean Jacobs

Sean Jacobs is on the international affairs faculty of The New School. He is the Founder and Editor of Africa is a Country.

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