The Weeknd's music is really inspired by Ethiopia.
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6. The Weeknd's music is really inspired by Ethiopia.
“You hear it mostly in my voice,” he told Vman. “I’ve been told my singing isn’t conventional. Ethiopian music was the music I grew up on, artists like Tilahun Gessesse, Aster Aweke, and Mahmoud Ahmed. These are my subconscious inspirations. ‘The Hills’ was the first time you actually heard the Ethiopian language in my music. It will definitely be key on [Starboy]."