The Weeknd (real name: Abél Makkonen Tesfaye) was born on 16 February 1990, in Scarborough, Ontario, a district of Toronto. He is the only child of Makkonen and Samra Tesfaye, who were Ethiopian migrants to Canada in the 1980s. While many argue about his origin and nationality, a lot can be derived from The Weeknd's style of music and fluidity. His latest body of work - the 18-track album titled "Starboy" is a phenomenal work of art. 'The Ethiopian Weeknd' as the Neo-Afrikan Voices love to call him, does great justice in this Billboard chart-topping album. The Grammy Winner finds common ground between being a child of the night to an almost cheerful but morbidly poetic character as he takes listeners on a roller coaster journey through time and space.
This scintillating album holds hit songs such as "Starboy", "Party Monster", "Remind", "Six Feet Under", "Sidewalks (feat. Kendrick Lamar)" and "All I Know (feat. Future)". To be sincere, every song on this album is a HIT! With features from Kendrick Lamar, Future, Daft Punk and a not-so-inspiring cameo from Lana Del Rey, 'Starboy' is set to break chart records as The Weeknd solidifies his #1 spot across the world's global charts.
Trill - Dope - Hypnotic are but a few words that best describe this magnificent body of work. Bumping "Party Monster" and "Six Feet Under" says it all as this writer writes this review. The album is colossal and might be argued that this is by far The Weeknd's best album till date...until he releases his next album of course. But in the meantime, it's safe to assume that 'Starboy' [not Wizkid; whom Africans argue is the original Starboy (forgetting that Wizkid copied that 'slang' from Movado)] is by far one of the best album projects out in 2016 (if not the best album of this millennia era).
The Weeknd's style of transition and musical progression bares resemblance to the late legend, Michael Jackson. Having captured the hearts and ears of Europe and the Americas, it's fascinating to see how well "Starboy" does in Africa. Will there be an all-out African tour for The Weeknd? Maybe not, seeing as African pop-stars rarely do all-out African tours, even for artists as big as Wizkid and 2face Idibia. It's one thing to have a series of hit songs, it's another thing to have the personality and charisma of The Weeknd, THE TRUE AND UNDISPUTED STARBOY! Listen to The Weeknd's 'Starboy' album below or download it here.