I AM ETHIOPIA: Hip-hop artist Gabriel Teodros blends identities

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Gabriel Teodros considers himself an MC and a storyteller.

Through his words and rhythm, Teodros weaves together his unique roots of Ethiopian, Irish, Scottish and Native American descent into the world of hip-hop. Growing up in an Ethiopian household, he used the influence of his surroundings to form a bicultural identity, which gave birth to seven musically enticing albums.

Hip-hop is the path to which Teodros can bring his worlds together. Through his own story he blends his identities, encouraging others to step outside the rigid boxes that society tries to place them in.


“I AM ETHIOPIA” is a three part series that focuses on Ethiopian Americans in Seattle who are subverting misconceptions of Ethiopia and its people, and forming their own colorful and groundbreaking identities.

The series is part of a movement started by YMG (Yonie Media Group) in association with the upcoming film, “An Ethiopian Love.”

Check out the second video in the “I AM ETHIOPIA” series, about Chef Mulugeta Abate.

See more coverage of Teodros’ performances here. 

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