By: Georgia Williams
Abel Tesfaye better known as The Weeknd is making all kinds of noise with his new mix-tape Echoes of Silence. The album was released in late December and instantly created a buzz on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.
Tesfaye, a Toronto native was signed to Drake’s label XO records last year and has independently released three mix-tapes.
- House of Balloons
- Echoes of Silence
His latest musical escapade features a cover of the Michael Jackson 80s hit Dirty Diana, a move which has critics singing his praises. David Berry of the National Post said: “It takes some kind of sick guts to go for Michael Jackson’s throat while you’re still self-releasing your own EPs. And yet Tesfaye absolutely kills the cover of Dirty Dirty Diana.”
Echoes of Silence has also topped a lot of year end music lists and was named album of the week by the National Post on January 10th. http://arts.nationalpost.com/2012/01/10/album-of-the-week-the-weeknd-echoes-of-silence/
Despite his music making it to all the popular music blogs and sites, Tesfaye is as eccentric as his album titles. He refuses to do interviews and has only performed publicly once, this past summer at the OVO Fest sponsored by Drake. However, this has not diminished from his ability to get noticed. Last week it was announced The Weeknd will be one of the headliners at this years Coachella music festival held in California this April. http://www.coachella.com/index.php
If you are interested in hearing more from The Weeknd his mix-tapes are available for free at http://the-weeknd.com/