Madingo Afework, the Ethiopian singer, was born in Gondar and later moved to a military barracks in the same region where he earned the nickname “Madingo” from the soldiers. It was at this barracks that he joined the military band called Zema Leras.
Born on August 16, 1978, in Azezo town, Gondar, Ethiopia, Madingo Afework was the child of Hagernesh Wassie and Afework Mengistu.
His family later relocated to Debre Tabor for his primary education. During his childhood, he was greatly influenced by several prominent singers of his time, including Elias Tebabel, Muluken Melesse, Meles Edeshe, and Ephrem Tamiru. Many fans recognized his remarkable ability to imitate these artists’ songs.
At the age of 10, Madingo moved to the nearby garrison, where soldiers affectionately gave him the nickname “Madingo.” It was at this garrison that he was drawn into joining the military band, Zema Lastas. In 2005, he released his debut album titled “Ayderegim.” Following the success of this album, Madingo released hits such as “Sesame Atahulat” and “Aman Newey Goraw,” which became some of his most successful songs. Madingo also collaborated with renowned singers of his era.
In 2015, he made a comeback with the album “Swedlat (2015),” which received acclaim and recognition as one of the outstanding albums of the year.