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Nation bids Tilahun farewell

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Tilahun Gessesse’s funeral procession has taken place in Addis in one of the most crowed funerals ever for an Ethiopian musician, or any other grand figure.

The state funeral services draw an unusual crowd of government officials, artists, prominent personalities and members of the public.

Tens of thousands of mourners packed Meskel Square at mid-day, where Tilhaun’s family and celebrities gathered and bid the entertainer a final farewell, before making a way to the Holy Trinity Church in Arat Kilo.

The announcement of Tilahun’s death on Monday plunged the country into mourning for a boy from small town Wolisso who has become one of the country’s influential singers. Many of those in attendance of the older generation felt his passing represented an end of an era and musical genre of the 60 and 70’s.

And millions hearing the ceremonies on national television and radio immediately recognized the words in the eulogy that “Tilahun is everlasting.” img_5254

Newspapers carried front pages displaying huge, black-bordered pictures of the deceased singer.On televisions, is videos are repeated as often as commercials.

The grandeur of the procession, which includes the military marsh and several other military corps, has taken many by the surprise.img_5264

 

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Many younges stars like Abrahm Gebremedhein, Tibebe Workeye and Tamrat Desta were mingling with the crowd at Meskel Square.

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  1. April 23, 2009 at 6:22 pm | #1

    Rest in peace!!!
    We, Ethiopia, still love you!!!

  2. Goitom
    April 24, 2009 at 8:13 am | #2

    Rest in peace!
    u will forever live deep in our hearts.

  3. kidist, Abeba & Rahel
    April 27, 2009 at 1:30 pm | #3

    We will don’t forget you forever because you already written in our heart

  4. Dereje
    April 28, 2009 at 7:23 am | #4

    Arefe,
    I had been in Ethiopia for two weeks. I witnessed the outporing of grief for Tilahu’s death. I got a chance to read Addis Neger newspaper. people who travelled to Addis Ababa would always come back with the news that this newspaper is like no other in Ethiopia. I saw it myself. They covered Tilahun’s death in the most imaginative and deliberative way. I asked my family to give me back issues, and read a lot of them while I was traveling back to Washington. Wonderful!! Articles by Abiye Teklemariam, Beweketu Seyoum and Tamrat Negera are out of this world. Why the heck are they not on the net?

  1. April 24, 2009 at 3:10 am | #1
  2. April 25, 2009 at 5:15 pm | #2

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