Toronto pays tribute to Oromo music legend Ali Birra

Written by Mohammed A

(OPride) – Oromo music legend artist Dr. Ali Birra’s Golden Jubilee was colorfully celebrated in his adopted hometown of Toronto last week, the organizers said.

Born Ali Mohammed Musa, Birra began his groundbreaking musical career in 1963.

Last week’s musical tribute,
the second this year, organized by Oda Relief Association of Toronto, Oromian- Canadian Society of Ottawa and Dirre-Oromos of Toronto was attended by more than 300 people.

“The night was kicked-off with a breathtaking moment welcoming the legendary artist entering the audience hall, accompanied by ladies dressed in Oromo cultural dresses, and the first ever song played by Dr. Ali Birra in 1963 ‘Biradha Barihe’ playing in the background,” the organizers reported.

Here’s a brief video story, produced by Girma Gemeda of Lagatafo Studio, which highlights Birra’s musical career, accomplishments and timeless tunes.



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Mohammed A

Mohammed Ademo is a freelance journalist based in Washington, DC. He's the founder and editor of, an independent news website about Ethiopia.

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