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Sayat, a pop-star in the making?

Sayat Demissie/ Addis Journal

Sayat Demissie was the 2004 Miss Ethiopia and the almost 2005 Miss World. Something for the high school drop-out who subsequently found herself in the front pages of local papers and magazines. Her petite frame and youthful face and her occasionally gaffe made her a target for the tabloids.

Two years ago, the slender girl emerged as the lead character in the Amharic movie, Sara. Nothing to write home about, it was all an amateur and second-rate performance. But she has got a look. It has given her recognition and probably an inflated ego, too. Her ego trip took her to think of developing her own talk show on ETV. For that, she came on Ethiopia Link and talked about her difficult childhood and sexual abuse, relating her experience to that of American talk-show host, Opra Winfrey.

 But that radio appearance has gotten her in trouble for a supposedly unkind remark she made about disabled people. When asked how she survived the trauma, Sayat responded saying that even the disabled keep on living, let alone her. It triggered many comments voicing displeasure. The talk-show-thing never came into reality, at least upto now and her claim of being raped on Bole Street in her teen years was thought by many as an invented story intended to get sympathy from those allocating air times.

Now Sayat has unraveled yet another skill as musical performer. She has released her debut musical effort, a single song, “Tew Maneh”. Actually before the release, she was performing on stage at clubs, playing her rendition of Christinia Aguilera’s “Save me from myself.”


Looking at the reception, Sayat’s debut work seem to be working right. Radio programmers are finding it hard to ignore it and some even talked about the birth of a new star. The lively clip of the song has made it to many Ethiopian websites and blogs. It definitely serves as a sneak preview for her upcoming studio album, which she says will arrive this year.


But even judging from this song, performing doesn’t appear to come naturally to Sayat. For one thing, the material she chose is a recognized, well-known old hit, “Tew Maneh”.

She never took the trouble to write her own material and it didn’t demand much of her as singer. And even, her voice is not strongly projected enough and her inhibitions make it difficult for her to let go.

Although Sayat didn’t write her own music, too shy to perform solo in front of a big crowd, she has the charisma, drive, and determination- things important for a young performer. But of course, she has a long way to go to develop into mature female vocalist along the lines of Aster Awoke.

Photo by Benyam Mengesha

Find the clip here.

Categories: Music
  1. Fikir
    February 13, 2009 at 10:28 am

    the whole thing reminds of the song ‘Sayat tasazinegalech’
    she is little sad thing.

  2. February 14, 2009 at 8:44 am

    I think Sayat did very well on Sara. But the part she played didn’t require much of her talent. The director tried to play around with Sayat’s innocent look.
    Another thing about the Rape issue …When was the last time you ever heared people say ” she is telling the truth” to a rape victim. its always like that .Even if they witness it first hand ppl usually say may be she seduce him or sth of the sort. I don’t think a show on ETV is worth claiming one self a rape victim. I think she was telling the truth.
    I listened to the single ..it wasn’t bad but I agree she has a long way to go developing her vocal.

  3. Sawel
    February 14, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Good looks pay you a lot these days! And this girl is one of them who takes advantage of her nature gift.

  4. Mezmur
    February 21, 2009 at 1:34 am

    it’s in our nature to pile on when one of us becomes successful or appers on his/her way to stardome. When it’s a foreigner? Oh NO! we glorify them to the Nth degree. Shame on all of us!

  5. selam
    April 9, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    you are so best

  6. bitew
    April 10, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Yes, she is truly a pop star. Bravo Sayat. Keep it Up: I copy the picture on my desk top & give my admiration for your beauty and talent every day while logging to my p.c.

  7. Besufekad
    April 30, 2009 at 9:04 am

    I admire her beauty and communication ability .I hope she will contribute alot for Ethiopian movies and music .May God be with her .

  8. kidan
    May 6, 2009 at 5:08 am

    hi! i just tried 2listen the song its mmmmm but ur movement is very good

  9. Saron
    May 12, 2009 at 2:21 am

    am tuning ur song every day .wow! i love it & i hope ur next album is coming soon.

  10. June 4, 2009 at 5:23 am

    Sweet blog. I never know what I am going to come across next. I think you should do more posting as you have some pretty intelligent stuff to say.

    I’ll be watching you . 🙂

  11. sam
    July 2, 2009 at 5:34 am

    I think you are being a little too harsh on her. She got some mad dancing skills and with her beauty she can go a long way. She is very attractive and camerageneic if there is such a word. Just give her some time and she would be a star. No doubt

  12. etsehiwot
    July 3, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    hi sasi olways god withs u i hop everthing is ok!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Kalid
    July 20, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Nice article Ato Arefe…this girl has the whole package…beauty, voice, style…you name it…

  14. yonas
    July 20, 2009 at 9:54 am

    I am not the frist who tell you that you look beauty Habesha

  15. feven yohannes
    September 4, 2009 at 11:32 am

    sayat is the best .i aprshet her her so mach.

  16. feven yohannes
    September 4, 2009 at 11:44 am

    sayat is the best .she is good in sara in musik and allthings more in dance.all my family aprshets her so mach.and i want to say her you are rely talent.and i want to meet you in my email adress.

  17. meselu
    March 14, 2010 at 6:28 am

    I admire your new style and continue new work I love you to much

  18. dawit
    November 27, 2010 at 10:25 am

    i can see puirity in your eyes on the movie loundry boy

  19. marcos
    August 30, 2011 at 11:34 am

    i think she is pretty, talented, has very sexy and nice voice, her songs are very different from typical ethiopian music. one day she will surpass Aster Awoke….no doubt.

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