Eyob Mekonnen was an Ethiopian reggae singer. His songs were well known for their themes of love, understanding, and respect. Some call his music “Bob Marley Inspired”.
On 13 August 2013, Eyob suffered a ischemic stroke brought on by atrial fibrillation and entered a coma, however he was in otherwise good health. His fans and his promoter, Yisakal Entertainment, took to Facebook to post updates on his conditions and raise funds for his treatment on a page called “Let Us Pray for Eyob Mekonnen”. Due to these efforts, Eyob was moved to Nairobi on 17th August, however he died on 18th August due to complications.
“He was one of a kind… humble and extremely loyal,” his close friend and manager Eyob Alemayehu, from the music promoter Yisakal Entertainment, told BBC Africa. “A man of his word, reliable, caring, a strong believer, very up front, talented and much much more,” he said.
Born 1975 in the small town of Jijiga, in eastern Ethiopia, Eyob set up a five-man group called Zion Band, which offered a “reggae beat with a distinctive Ethiopian cast”, Yisakal Entertainment said.
His anthems “promote morality, love, peace and social consciousness”, the promoter said.
Nearly 3 years on from his death in 2013, this new and most anticipated posthumous album by the talented artist Eyob Mekonnen has been finalized and was released on January 3, 2017.
This is his 2nd album which has been recorded in the days before his death features Eyob’s signature lyrical and melodic craftsmanship filled with encouraging messages about spreading love, promoting peace, patriotism and other social issues.
Buy the 14 track album here: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/eyobmekonnen2