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Vigil for Tilahun

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With funeral to be held tomorrow, family, friends and fans said goodbye to the late Tilahaun Gessesse this night.

Friends, family members gathered at the  National Theatre’s garden for a candlelight vigil where Tilahun’s life was celebrated.

A medly of Tilahun songs was played and there were reminiscences by friends.

Fellow musicians and friends including Mahmoud Ahmed led the eulogy and Tilahun’s immediate family members accepted condolences from fans.  

Tilahun who died last Sunday was ranked as one of the most influential singers in this country’s history.In a career that five decades, he has rescored the largest number of Ethiopian standards.

Here are some pictures from the vigil.

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  1. ab
    April 22, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Arefe,
    Here is a link to an article related to Tilahun’s death. http://ethiopianchurch.org/

  2. Sawel
    April 22, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    It was with a great sense of loss when I heard the news of the Ethiopian Musical legend Tilahun Gessesse’s death.Tiliye was more than just a wonderful vocalist, he also loved Ethiopia with all his heart.He was always so kind and considerate to us that we always welcomed seeing him at every opportunity. And, we know that his passing will not only leave a void in his family’s heart, but also in the hearts of all those who loved him,lived, grown up with his voice. R.I.P

  3. April 23, 2009 at 11:28 am

    IT IS REALLY VERY SAD TO HEAR SUCH A BAD NEWS AND WE LOST ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLES FROM THE LAND OF HOPE .MAY GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY AND CHILDREN !

  4. Girum
    April 23, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    …If It still is a deep sorrow for me, how would this news be to his family, close friends and big fans? Sometimes, I tend to argue ”Well everyone is born to die, what else could one do?”….but can’t still swallow calling him the late Tilahun. RIP

  5. habtamu
    April 23, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    R.I.P voice for the voiceless.

  6. Rahel S.
    April 23, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    I feel a deep sense of loss although, Tilahum has left his eternal and imortal legacy. Through his music and his essence, each time, he has taught and given me the embrace of love, and for that, I am thankful. On behalf of me and all who have known the expression of love through his lyrics, may the almighty God rest his soul and place him in heavens’ exquisite garden. Ones’ life is often measured by his send off and clearly Tilahun has shown us that he truly lived among us the life of an angel and an enlightened teacher. Thankyou Tilahun for having given me the chance to have known you.

  7. mona-mohamed@hotmail.de
    April 23, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    iam angry tlahun gessess today very cry

  8. anwar ousman
    May 4, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    i m very sad today and feel the compassion from the brothers from ethiopia , Tilahun Gessesse was and is for me the best african singer ever as he do in his home country Ethiopia .YOU WILL SLEEP IN PEACE AND FREEDOM FATHER AND ALL OUR PRAYER GOES TO YOU .we and i . ANWAR OUSMAN from CHad will not forget you and your music….
    THANK YOU TILAHUN

  9. WODERLESH HAILEMIKAIL
    May 4, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    I M VERY SAD AND TOUCHED , PRAY GOD TO GIVE YOU GOOD AND BETTER PLACE IN PARADISE.FROM TILAHUN FAN CLUB AND MUSIC FAMILY MAY GOD GIVE YOU PEACE AND FAITH..
    FROM NEW JERSEY -USA

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