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Aster Aweke

When she arrived in her homeland in 1997 for the first time since she'd left in 1981, Ethiopian-born and Washington, D.C.-based songstress Aster Aweke was greeted by thousands of loyal followers awaiting her plane. During the month-long tour that followed, Aweke performed before more than 80,000 people and showed that she remains one of Ethiopia's best-loved performers.

Aweke has been equally successful throughout the world. Her second album, Kabu, spent four weeks in the top position on the CMJ New Music Charts, and was in the Top Ten of Billboard's World Music Charts for ten weeks in 1990.

A native of Gandor, a small town near Lake Tara, Aweke was raised in the capital city of Addis Ababa. The daughter of senior civil servant in the Imperial government, Aweke was determined to become a musician by the age of 13. By her late teens, she was singing in Addis Ababa clubs and hotels with such bands as the Continental Band, Hotel D'Afrique Band, Shebele Band, and the Ibex Band (before they became the internationally known Roha Band). Launching a solo career, Aweke was encouraged by musical entrepreneur Ali Tango, who financed and released five cassettes and two singles of her music. By 1981, Aweke had become disillusioned by Ethiopia's oppressive political climate and relocated to the United States. Temporarily settling in the Bay Area of California with plans to pursue an education; within two years, Aweke continued on to Washington, D.C., the site of the largest Ethiopian population in the U.S. After building a following with her performances in local Ethiopian restaurants, Aweke toured the U.S. and Europe in 1985. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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CORRECTION: The town is Gondar not Gandor. And it is near Lake Tana, not Tara.
Thank you, Pandora!
Beste
Astuka
Betam enamesgnalne Aster!!!!
You are the best n glad you are on Pandora. Your song took me back to my high school days.which I had lots of fun with my sweet heart and my friends. Your music is soothing
I remenber when i was back home listening her with my older sister and i'm so glad that i got chance to listen her greatest music and goes so far where i was before Lvu astuka <3
I don't have a word to say...u just
Lovely !!!!
I love her.. Her all musics are on my mind ... I m glad listening her music in pandora <3
I love you Aster
Luv u Atstu...!
Love you Aster!
Love u astu!
wube07
I happy I can listen Ethiopian musics on Pandora
aygoda
Aster!
motleyva
Victor Motley: I lived in Ethiopia during the lat days of Haile Selassie. Beautiful country, people and music.
my older brother love her.i remamber my mom alwayes sayed pleas stop lisen to her.now i become one of the greates fun to her.aster is one of the great singer in the world.I LOVE YOU GIRL.
Classic! :)
lmdanger
the bio should read Lake Tana--not Tara. Beautiful region, in a beautiful country
beliyou1
just saw her this past weekend in Atlanta.. she is amazing.. love you Aster...
isaleh1
Aster's first trip back home was in 1998. She had a performances at Sheration Hotel and Jan- Meda. I was at the Jan-Meda concert. Then I think she went back in 1999 where she had a big concert at Addis Ababa Staduim. (Then unknown Teddy Afro was a backup singer.) And FYI she was born in Hamusit, Gondar. I am not sure if Hamusit is near Lake Tana. But I could be wrong.
vpm304
It is Gondar not Gandor. Lake Tana, not Tara. 1961 sounds way off whether it is in Ethiopian calendar or gregorian.
jojo7m86
i think its 1961 in ethiopian calendar (its 2003 now there)
muler20010
beloved
Very true that should be fixed :)
1961 is the year she was born. Just saying.

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