The Weeknd’s Abel Tesfaye mines Ethiopian roots for inspiration


Behind the press-averse, mysterious persona you see in the music videos for songs like Can’t Feel My Face and The Hills is an unexpectedly tender and engaged artist.

Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, is taking the world by storm. He has surpassed artists like Canadian rapper Drake and American singer Taylor Swift to go to No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100 — and has been on the charts for 18 weeks in a row.

He will play two sold-out shows in Toronto this week.

But who is the Ethiopian-Canadian artist from Scarborough in suburban Toronto?

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