Awaits green light from city authorities
Tewodros Kassahun a.k.a. Teddy Afro, the chart topping artist has approached the mayor’s office at the Addis Ababa City Administration for the right to have a mega concert at the Millennium Hall on Ethiopian New Year’s eve. This comes after the artist received a favorable reception in Canada and the United States, receiving awards and a friendly long-planned trip to Jamaica.
This is believed to be the first concert of the popular reclusive artist since 2013. He has seen a number of his concerts cancelled or aborted for a slew of reasons, including lack of security to manage attendees that are in the high thousands.
For Joy Events and Promotion PLC, the company with rights to the artist’s latest album “Ethiopia” with a record deal of five million birr, this is expected to for a sold-out concert with a slew of opening acts. The company is partnering with A Plus Events and Promotion PLC for the concert.
He is slated to receive 1.8 million birr for the Addis concert. He is also planning to tour Gondar, Mekele and Hawassa. He is then slated to tour a number of cities in the United States and Canada.
Addis Park Development and Management PLC is said to begin the process of booking the arena for the expected concert and has written to the mayor’s office for an endorsement and to allow it to proceed. According to sources, the Addis Park will to be paid 1.2 million birr for the venue. Teddy has a following in the millions within Ethiopia and around the world. Earlier this year, he topped the Billboard World Album Chart.
BGI, which has exclusive rights to all events at the Millennium, is to be the sponsor of the event. The Reporter reached out to the company repeatedly and as of press time, there was no reply.
Source: The Reporter