With her sweet, uplifting, vocals, Tebereh "Doris Day" Tesfa-Hunegn, became one of the leaders of Ethiopia's pop music scene of the '70s. Political turmoil in her homeland plagued her throughout her short musical career. Recording for producer Amha Eshete's Amha Records label, Tesfa-Hunegn helped Eshete defy an edict placing all recording in Ethiopia under government control. The situation escalated after a military dictatorship, the Deng, took control of Ethiopia in the mid-'70s. While Eshete was in New York seeking financial support for his label in 1975, Tesfa-Hunegn and Eshete's father were arrested and jailed. Since the liberation of Eritrea in 1992, Tesfa-Hunegn's homeland north of modern Ethiopia, she has owned and operated a bar in the capital city of Asmara.
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