Radio Erena: 14 July 2015
The legendary Eritrean singer – song writer and author of many literary books – Asress Tessema passed away on the 11th of July at the age of 81.
Asress Tessema, popularily know as an educator [hence the title ‘Memhir’ – a Tigrigna word for a teacher], was one of the founding members of Asmara Theatre Association [locally know as Ma.T.A – Mahber Tiyatr Asmara]. He was also an author of many literary books in Tigrigna.
Memhir Asress was also a renowned song-writer. One of the most popular Tigrigna songs ‘Eti Gezana Abi hidmo tKhan qunchi meliOmo’ – sang by the late Teberih Tesfahuney was banned by the Ethiopian regime at the time for their politically loaded messages.
Memhir Asress was reported to have seriously been ill for the last three years before he passed away this past Saturday. He was laid to rest in the southern Eritrean town of Mendefera on Sunday to the attendance of his family, friends, fellow artists and several fans.
Radio Erena would like to use this opportunity to express its condolences to his family, friends and fans.