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If Aretha Franklin had been born in Ethiopia, she might have grown up to be Aster Aweke. The singer mixes jazz, soul, funk, and Ethiopian strains to produce a form that's made her a superstar back home and a fast-rising talent in the U.S. American soul music has been a force in Ethiopia since the '60s, so Aweke's fervent vocalizing should ring a bell with most listeners. ~ J. Poet, Rovi


Born: 05 March 1961 in Gondar, Ethiopia

Genre: World

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

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...
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