Mahmud Ahmed,Aster Aweke and Gosaye Tesfaye in one stage in Israel
Mahmoud Ahmed (born May 18, 1941) is an Ethiopian singer of Gurage ancestry.He gained great popularity in Ethiopia in the 1970s and among the Ethiopian diaspora in the 1980s, before rising to international fame with African music fans in Europe and the Americas.
Aster was born in 1959 in Gondar, Ethiopia. She was raised in the capital city of Addis Ababa. Her father was a senior civil servant in the Imperial government.
By the age of 13, Aster was determined to become a musician, and began her career at Hager Fikir Theatre in Addis Ababa.
Starting in her late teens, she was performing in clubs and hotels in the capital with bands such as the Continental Band, Hotel D’Afrique Band, Shebele Band and Ibex Band, before they became the internationally known as Roha Band.
Aster’s distinct style has been influenced by other Ethiopian singers, such as Bizunesh Bekele.