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Toronto man returns to Ethiopia a pop star

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11/20/08

  08:39:59 am, by admin, 146 words  
Categories: Ethiopia, Immigration, Entertainment

Toronto man returns to Ethiopia a pop star

Toronto man returns to Ethiopia a pop star

Twenty-four years after escaping, Kemer Yousef is going back to perform in Ethiopia, where the Oromo singer is a symbol of unity to the country's dozens of ethnic groups

A Toronto man who once fled Ethiopia in terror is to return Saturday as the country's No. 1 pop star.

Kemer Yousef, who escaped on foot with nothing 24 years ago, has scored an unprecedented video hit with Nabek, a seven-track DVD showing him singing from a yacht in Toronto Harbour and dancing on the steps of Casa Loma. Clamour for his return has become so great that the central government is helping to arrange a six-concert homecoming tour that opens Dec. 7 at the East African country's largest indoor venue – Addis Ababa's 20,000-seat Millennium Hall.


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Comment from: Emperor Menelik II [Visitor]
Emperor Menelik II

Kemer Yousef you are a great Ethiopian Oromo => You escaped the torture of Haile Selaisse and Mengistu Haile Mariam and now finally returning back home to Oromia,Ethiopia :!: May ALLAH/GOD bless you.

11/20/08 @ 08:56
Comment from: Nebil [Visitor]
Nebil

love kemar yusuf. i don’t understand oromifa nor i speak it or i am oromo..his music is just as good as that. it moves u and makes u dance 4 real.
i have seen him sing amharic on a wedding somewhere here and he is just wow and glad he is going back home but it’s not really 4 the first time cuz one of his songs was made right in deredawa and that was in his last album.
the country is considered to be stable and peacgul in that volatile region and contient and what a better time to go back than now…
GO KEMAR.

11/20/08 @ 09:32
Comment from: Uzawa [Visitor]
Uzawa

‘We believe in money, not in principle’. To me this sums up all these bullshits. He must have got great sum from Woyanes this time round. Otherwise if he really love ‘Ethiopia’ as he seems to claim, which is ironic for he did not explain any change to Oromo’s situation during these 6 or 7 years that made him change his mind, he should have gone during the Millennium, when in fact he was demeaning Ali Birra’s visit as being bought out by TPLF.

All are crap. It is people the likes of Kemer who got this bandit to shit on the face of Oromos and all other oppressed Ethiopians. But we can make these bought outs pay a price - by boycotting all their music. And I stick by it.

Uzawa

11/20/08 @ 09:35
Comment from: Senyii [Visitor]
Senyii

Yaa Kemerkoo,
Waaqaayoon sii waajiin hata’u. You are Oromo’s Legened next to Ali-Birra… Much Love…….

Senyii,
USA

11/20/08 @ 09:51
Comment from: Dave [Visitor]
Dave

EPRDF is doing the real job.

This guy follows Ali Birra. They know that OLF is a weak organisation and cannot bring any significant impact for oromo people.

Who’s next?
Andargachew Tsgie, Birhanu Nega , Tamagne Beyene,…?

Time will tell us the truth!

kikiki
kakaka
kkkkkk

11/20/08 @ 10:21
Comment from: Shewa Anbessa [Visitor]
Shewa Anbessa

wel wel.Kemer Yusuf is young artist and he sing very good…but saying his “pop star #1″ is kind of ?? you know what I mean ??

If you say he is pop satar than Tilahun Gessesse

Wasanu Dido

Hamelmal abate

Ali Birra

Leggesse Abdi

Zerihun Wedajo

Tsegaye Dendanaw

Hello Dawe nad etc

they sing much more than Kemer.Am I right ??

11/20/08 @ 10:58
Comment from: Sidist Kilo [Visitor]
Sidist Kilo

Brilliant event! I love Oromo music!

11/20/08 @ 10:58
Comment from: Betawaded [Visitor]
Betawaded

Dave
Tornet Balealabt Sela Meshig Atawera.

Good on u Kemer Nice job.
Well done.
Rad B

11/20/08 @ 11:05
Comment from: Boranaa [Visitor]
Boranaa

Amazing - this sell out was saying a lot of shit about Ali Birra. Now, he turns
around and goes to worship the killers.
Shame on you Kemeria. Shame on you the
sellout .

11/20/08 @ 11:11
Comment from: Dinberu D. [Visitor]
Dinberu D.

Kemer Yusuf ,
My God bless you,you are so genile.

11/20/08 @ 11:19
Comment from: Neguse [Visitor]
Neguse

Who got kidnapped recently from his house in Addis? Zerihun Wedajo, the top oromo singer for long, long time. Neither Ali Birra or Kemer say anythig about Zerihun. If they are real oromo singers, they should ask questions about his and other oromo artists disapperance. I don’t mind if they go back, but they should not hesitate to ask question. Ali was there for about couple of years now, when they see $$$ they shut up. SAD!

11/20/08 @ 11:47
Comment from: Dirammo Birkki [Visitor]
Dirammo Birkki

If Kemer actually believed in what he said in this story, he would not dare to go to Ethiopia. Today the Oromos, the people that he claims, are oppressed more than any other time in the history of Ethiopia by the government he now feels swept by his pop phenom. This week AI has issued http://www.amnestyusa.org/actioncenter/actions/uaa31508.pdf this urgent action to prevent torture or possible execution of the Oromo parliamentarians. Mass arrest, extra judicial killings, disappearances and torture is a daily occurrence in Oromia, and this is a fact! What is even more shocking is that the Ethiopian government recent killing of the OLF commander, a friend of Kemar, in the west and boost about his murder. How in the world is Kemar going to Ethiopia to sing for the very people that murdered his own friend, a fighter against the injustice. If Kemar has any human decency, he would protest the injustice against the Oromo people he claims to be from, not to go sing on their grave yard!

11/20/08 @ 11:48
Comment from: Tolosa [Visitor]
Tolosa

we love you Kemer! you are oromo hero and legend to all of ethiopia.

great job by Meles zenaw for making progress for oromos in ethiopia linguistically and culturally but please stop jailing oromo politicians!!!

11/20/08 @ 11:50
Comment from: wollega [Visitor]
wollega

This is really not a good time to go. Woyanne is killing and imprisioing a lot of Oromos. For Kemer to goes and entertain the woyanne dogs is like saying jail all OROMO artits like Zerihun Wodajo, and kill them like Ebasaa excpet me. Also Kemer is far from being pop star #1. He can not even come close to the likes of Ali Birra, Ali Shabo, Abitew, and Elfinesh qanoo. History will judge kemer harshly. He is spoiling his little fame.

11/20/08 @ 12:10
Comment from: galbo [Visitor]
galbo

First of all i am the fan,i like ur musick,its nice finally u comen home now u have the chance to see ur own eyes how ur people they live,u maye do something about it.

11/20/08 @ 12:29

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