Aster Aweke To Perform Live At New Year’s Day Concert in D.C.

Above: Aster Aweke is scheduled to perform live this weekend
in Washington, D.C. at an event ushering in the new year.(CP)

Tadias Magazine
Events News

Updated: Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New York (Tadias) – Aster Aweke, one of Ethiopia’s best known contemporary musicians, will perform live at a New Year’s Day concert in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 1st, 2011.

According to the organizers, the Singer/Songwriter — who will soon mark the beginning of her fourth decade as an artist in the U.S. — will treat her fans to samples of her popular classics as well as new songs from her recently released album entitled Checheho.

Aster has often been dubbed “‘Africa’s Aretha Franklin’ for her compelling combination of driving grooves and soulful vocals, singing of love, loss and life.”

“For more than 30 years, Aster Aweke has been entertaining audiences across the globe,” says her label, Kabu Records, in its introduction of her new CD. “Her songs have become anthems to her fans in Ethiopia, as well as to Ethiopians living abroad, and she continues to win the hearts and minds of world music lovers.”

Her latest release, and 23rd album, is named after a city in Gondar that is nearby the singer’s birthplace. According to Kabu Records, Checheho was produced in collaboration with her longtime arranger, Abegasu Kibrework Shiota, and also features the work of several new producers, including Elias Melka, Abiy Arka, and Dawit Tilahun. “This electrifying album is sure to delight long-time and new fans alike.”

Aster is currently working on another album featuring compilations of her hit songs.

If You Go:
EthioStar Entertainment Presents:
Aster Aweke Live on New Year’s day
Saturday, January 01, 2011 at 10:00 PM
At DC Star (2135 Queens Chapel Rd)
Washington, Dc 20018
For VIP & more info: 240.478.5513 or 301.957.1116
Also, you may visit: EthioStarEnt.Com
Buy Tickets at:

Video: Aster Aweke’s New Release – Checheho (Posted by WorldAfricaMusic )

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16 Responses to “Aster Aweke To Perform Live At New Year’s Day Concert in D.C.”

  1. 1 Eleni Mitiku Dec 29th, 2010 at 1:03 am

    I like the oldies but I think her new songs are even better! Happy New Year! See you there!

  2. 2 kebero Dec 29th, 2010 at 1:23 am

    Who is going to be the Habesha wikileaks, and tell me the date she will be performing in NYC? :)

  3. 3 Jegnaw Dec 29th, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Aster ROCKS! The queen hersef of Ethio Music. I wish I could be there I am in school in Ohio :-)

  4. 4 shebelaw Dec 29th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Hey ! that is nice I like aster we all know she is good vocalist. But she is oldie and no goody.

  5. 5 Asteway Dec 30th, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Because Aster Aweke is a cultural icon, she is sometimes controversial for not been sensitive enough when making decisions about concert appearances and being used as a tool for other purposes. I am not beating up on or hating on her, but stating the reality that she can avoid the controversy by being aware, awake, and sensitive about social issues. Other than that, Aster is a dynamic singer! I love her music!! In fact, she gets better with age just like fine wine!! Happy to 2011 and many more to come!!!

  6. 6 NJ Dec 30th, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    It’s time to eskista with Aster’s songs. I hope you will perform in NYC too. Ethiopian queen of soul you ROCK!!!

  7. 7 DJ nyc Dec 30th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    I don’t know about oldie, but she is certainly goody!!! I am going to be the “Habesha wikileaks’ and spill the beans: She is coming to NYC after the blizzard season is over …HINT HINT

    As to the so called controversy, Aster is an entertainer par excellence as far as I am concerned. What more can you ask for? Leave her alone!!

  8. 8 Patriot Dec 31st, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Just to add coupe of points, the controversy stems from the fact that no body knows which side she is on? Is she on our side or the other side? She has been running around Ethiopia doing concerts where the purpose is not yet clear. For example her recent show in Bahrdar. What is clear is that she has been used as a propaganda tool in some instances. But the million dollar question still remains. Persoanlly I have never attended any of her concerts in the last 25 years or so that I have been listing to her music and I don’t plan to attend any in the future either.

  9. 9 Ye DC Durye Dec 31st, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Yo, she got some talent. The lady knows how to sing Amharic like nobody’s business. I don’t care what people say, Aster Aweke is our Diva. Keep rocking MAMA!!!

  10. 10 Dcmdva Dec 31st, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Why in south east DC?

    An icon like that should not be booked at that location.

    Dangerous SE

  11. 11 txshim Dec 31st, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    when i hear you sing, my day is bright, perfect, positive and filled with love. Aster, the queen of ethiopian music, you are yourself love and your songs are love. i wish you’d visit my city too, we love you.

  12. 12 Makda Zewde Jan 1st, 2011 at 5:26 am

    please..why does she has to take any side? She is an artist. She loves Ethiopia, her work speaks for it, and we love her for it. This is much ado about nothing. You have noooo idea how much I love her music!!!

  13. 13 Dereje Asefa Jan 2nd, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I heard the concert was off the hook. I was there but too many people so hard to see her. I could have listened to her at home on my ipod and avoided the door fee, plus parking fee. But She still gets people jumping. You have to give it up to her!!! The queen of ye Ethiopia muziqa indeed!!

  14. 14 Guest Jan 2nd, 2011 at 3:18 pm


    what is your side? who do you think you are to say “…is she on our side or the other”. what makes “your side” valid and acceptable than the “other side?”. why does she has to be on either side? In fact if she chooses to why can she be on the “other side” or “your side?”. Don’t you think she has the right to do so? who do you think you are to assess which side she should be on and determine whether her concert should be attended or not? Open your mind and think outside of your own little “side or world”….everyone has the right to support which “side” they want to be on….and/or not to take a side at all…..

  15. 15 Hiwot VA Jan 2nd, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    She brought the house down. It was the typical Aster Aweke concert, no place to stand, but lots of cheers. She is even more impressive in person than on tape. She is one a hell of an entertainer and an Abesha women of strength and courage. As far as Ethiopian female singers go, she is absolutely the leader. She is priceless, in my opinion.

    Happy New Year to everyone!

  16. 16 Amina Jan 3rd, 2011 at 2:30 am

    We love you Aster!!!!

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