The N.Y Times On Gossaye’s Concert
The New York Times was impressed by Gossaye Tesfaye’s pop songs that it described as ‘grounded in Ethiopian traditions but with foreign influences’.
This is how it started.
Women squealed as the headliner took the stage at S.O.B.’s late on Friday night, elegant in a dark suit with a yellow necktie. He started an anthemic ballad, and within moments, the audience was joyfully singing along and waving its arms overhead. The pop star onstage was Gossaye Tesfaye, a 32-year-old songwriter from Ethiopia, and he was singing love songs in the Amharic language. The crowd that filled the dance floor at 1 a.m. must have made up a considerable fraction of the 2,500 Ethiopians that the last census counted as living in New York City.
The article ended with description of a scene- the emigré fans plastering money on his forehead, turning it in to ‘unmistakably African’.Humm…
Read it here.