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.
Ethiopian guitarist, Singer/songwriter and composer, Etsegenet was born in Addis Ababa - Ethiopia. She started her musical career at very early in life by singing in her elementary school. After graduating from high school, her pursuit for music continued and she joined a private college "Mekane Yesus school of Jazz music" where she graduated with honors in Music Performance in 2010.
The timeless words from the diary of the great poet and warrior King Solomon, in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 is re-kindled in the present day and set to music by multi-instrumental musician, vocalist and composer Kibrom Birhane in his second full-length album "Bo Gizzae Lekulu" which is in "Geez" the ancient Ethiopian language and still used in Ethiopian Orthodox Church; translates to "A Time For Everything".