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Abdu Kiar

Abdu Kiar

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Abdu Kiar (Amharic: አብዱ ኪያር; born 23 June 1976 in Addis Merkato, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) is an Ethiopian singer. He gained popularity in 2003 with his first album called "Merkato Sefere". Abdu Kiar is well known for his modern style of Ethiopian music.


Abdu Kiar

Early life

Abdu Kiar was born in Addis Mercato, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 23 June 1976 from his father Kiar Kahssay and his mother Wuba Siraj. He is the youngest of 7 children in the family. Immediately after graduating from high school, he joined the express music band in 1997 performing dancehall, hip hop and reggae in local night clubs called coffee houses and lion clubs. In 1998 Abdu went to Saudi Arabia and worked as a salesman in a fashion store in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.


In 2003, Abdu Kiar release his first album "Merkato Sefere" and joined the Ethiopian music industry with great fame. Abdu continued writing new songs and released another two albums: "Fikir Bamaregna" in 2006 and "Minew Shewa" in 2009. After taking some time off to finish school, Abdu made a comeback with his fourth album entitled Tikur Anbessa (which in Amharic means "Black Lion"). This album, which was released in October 2015, took two years to complete and is destined to be one of the best creations of Abdu that permeates through all fabrics, conscious, and value systems of our Ethiopian society in its contemporary status quo. Abdu also contributed a song to support HIV awareness in Ethiopia. Making his world tour in different cities, Abdu Kiar performs his songs to Ethiopians allover the world.

Personal life

Abdu Kiar married Metasebia Negussie, a nurse in 2006 and started to live in Alexandria, Virginia. When he was a father of 2 boys, Aman Kiar and Sami Kiar, Abdu went back to college in 2011 and gained the associate degrees of science in Information technology.


  • Merkato Sefere (2003)
  • Fikir Beamargna (2006)
  • Minew Shewa (2009)
  • Tikur Anbessa (2015)

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