BBC Africa, Addis Ababa
We’ve been reporting on the move by the Ethiopian authorities to prevent an event for pop star Teddy Afro from taking place in the capital, Addis Ababa.
He is a huge figure in the country.
Teddy enjoys almost cult like following and his latest album – his fifth – has elevated him to legendary status.
The album is like a history lesson, with references to Emperor Tewodros II, who is seen as the father of modern day Ethiopia, and it also calls for unity among Ethiopians.
Teddy is no stranger to controversy though.
In 2008, he was jailed for a hit-and-run accident. He has always maintained that the case against him was politically motivated.
He raised the ire of the authorities in 2005 when he released an album that was seen as critical of the authorities in the wake of disputed elections, but Teddy has tried to distance himself from politics.
He still enjoys massive following among Ethiopians who adore and revere him.
Months after his album was released this year, his music is still being blasted out on public transport, in pubs, local shops and homes.