The Weeknd

by Mixed Kidd on June 14, 2014

"Amy" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

Birth Name: Abel Makkonen Tesfaye

Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: February 16, 1990

Ethnicity: Ethiopian

The Weeknd is a Canadian R&B singer, songwriter, and record producer. He grew up listening to soul, quiet storm, hip hop, funk, indie rock, and post-punk.

His parents, Makkonen and Samra, are Ethiopian. He is fluent in Amharic, a Semitic language spoken in Ethiopia. Growing up, he attended services at an Ethiopian Orthodox church.

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neiltennant June 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm

for me it was sure that he is half African and half caucasian
that was my first thought

midori29 October 9, 2018 at 9:37 am

I just got back to this as I stated before @nieltenant The Weekend does not look half caucasian at all. He looks regular black. The average black man. His hair is much much too kinky. Most mixed people do not have hair like his, it tends to be finer, etc.. His hair extremely thick, course and bushy. The hair is a giveaway with the exception of singer Lenny Kravitz and even his hair is not as course. Most lighter skinned black people and he is not that light that have very very kinky hair like “The Weekend” are usually not half caucasian and you should know that one. There are tons of 100 percent black Africans his skin tone and lighter. Not to mention The Weekend has very heavy lips and other features. I do not know how he gets supermodels as he is not that good looking. Link to more 100 percent light skinned black Africans

andrew October 9, 2018 at 11:53 am

_ He looks regular black. The average black man


The woman in your video is a South African Khoisan, which are not even classified as “Negroid” by some anthropologists, and are a different people from the other Sub-Sarahan ethnic groups.

Mixed Kidd June 29, 2018 at 3:40 pm

CORRECTION: Add this, He is the son is Samra and Makkonen Tesfaye

Mixed Kidd June 29, 2018 at 3:41 pm

Never mind.

Kimmel May 4, 2017 at 3:02 am

So he’s now 27 and not 30? Hmmm…

midori29 May 3, 2017 at 9:04 am

PRINCE the singer had two black parents and was African American compare him to the WEEKEND and the WEEKEND does not look mixed at all.


Peanut September 20, 2016 at 5:28 pm

Typical mulatto, atypical horner. The average amhara is 50/50 east african/southwest asian, he looks more european/bantoid.

midori29 May 3, 2017 at 8:52 am

@Peanut thats not correct. The typical horner is NOT 50% white. I would say more like 15 to 20% of less. My ex sister in law was Ethiopian. Many Ethiopians are not mixed at all. Only a small portion is mixed. The weekend looks basically black African American to me. If anything I would say 75-85% Bantu. He does not look half white at all. His hair is very very kinky. It would be softer and his features would be softer. Skin tone does not matter.

fuzzybear44 May 4, 2017 at 12:18 am

Quote(@Peanut thats not correct. The typical horner is NOT 50% white. I would say more like 15 to 20% of less)

IMO, I wouldn’t say they were white at all. Having so-called matching dna from thousands of year ago, doesn’t mean the Ethiopians were ever white. We already know that thousands of years ago the Ethiopians were referred to as (burnt-face aka black). They are the ones as well as other Africans who seeded what is now the Middle East and all the places beyond that.. All those people were black and brown skin, not pale. Even the rock art in places like Turkey shows the people were black and brown skin, not pale just 9000yrs ago.:
We also know that the people who went towards Europe and places like that after splitting up the group in the Middle East got the pale skin mutation, within the last 5.5-7000yrs. So imo the Ethiopians weren’t ever white people even thou they share similar dna from living in the same area for thousands of yrs, then splitting up for whatever reason(probably lack of resources or the climate shift)

midori29 May 6, 2017 at 7:38 am

@Fuzzybear44 Great Points I agree. Ethiopians are some of the OLDEST humans on earth. The uneducated public keeps buying into the fact that whites own their features but whites arent very old as a race compared to African Ethiopians.Ethiopians had their various features BEFORE whites were ever born as a race. AND blacks lived all over Africa and the middle east. Whites later developed by an white mutated gene that came into existence as modern humans migrated up North toward Europe. So there is no such thing as “caucasian features”

Adrian1Cram February 12, 2016 at 11:53 pm

Nice hair…

Ajaxfan January 4, 2016 at 12:35 am

MJ reincarnated

midori29 December 31, 2015 at 5:20 am

He looks like a regular African American male.

Mdelacruz16 January 7, 2016 at 11:28 pm

A regular African American male does not look mixed like this, regular african american males are darker with wider noses, somewhat like 50 cent, the dream looks like a mixed male with african european maybe native dna

fuzzybear44 January 8, 2016 at 3:53 am


This guy (the weekend), would fit in the African American population, with no problem. We come all different ways, with different shape noses, types of hair , and skin color etc.

Me myself and I January 29, 2016 at 7:41 am

you’re kidding right? African Americans have a lot of white ancestry due to the shit whites have done to them in the past, but I agree that he doesn’t look just African, rather black and white.

midori29 April 15, 2016 at 6:26 am

Admixture is NOT primarily determined by skin tone. Light skin means nothing. He has SUPER kinky as some people would say NAPPY hair , that hair is very black African regardless of his skin tone. Most even half white half African black people have looser curls. His hair tells it all. Its all black African.

midori29 May 3, 2017 at 8:53 am

@Medlacruz the Weekend does not look mixed to me. His hair is the tell tale of non mixture or not that much. 100 black Africans are his skin tone and he is not that light.

Multiethnicchick May 7, 2017 at 11:53 am

no he doesn’t

fuzzybear44 May 9, 2017 at 7:49 am


Actually he does. I didn’t know he was Ethiopian until I came to the site

waitwhat November 22, 2015 at 9:33 pm

While his looks alone appear to be ethnically ambiguous, the fact that his father has a Scandinavian name made me think that he was part Finnish. I mean are Nordic names common in Ethiopia?

andrew November 23, 2015 at 5:31 am

Lol, Makkonen sounds so Finnish, true.

info November 25, 2015 at 6:37 pm

Makkonen is actually an Ethiopian name. There are many Makkonens in Ethiopia.

waitwhat December 28, 2015 at 8:42 pm

In this exact spelling it’s ACTUALLY Finnish. Your comment implies that the name is only Ethiopian and quite common, however a google search for any reference to Ethiopian and this name shows Finnish origins. If it was a common Ethiopian name, examples of this would be easier to find.

andrew January 29, 2016 at 12:03 pm
waitwhat February 5, 2016 at 12:28 pm

Thanks Andrew for the Wikipedia link to Prince MAKONNEN/MEKONNEN, but I was referring to the name MAKKONEN ;)

info November 25, 2015 at 6:40 pm

Its not Nordic and I am pretty sure it is pronounced differently.

midori29 December 31, 2015 at 5:10 am

He looks East African black. Nothing is ambigious about his looks.its strange that so many people think unless you are black as midnight, youre mixed. His hair is kinky.

waitwhat February 5, 2016 at 12:27 pm

Thanks Andrew for the Wikipedia link to Prince MAKONNEN/MEKONNEN, but I was referring to the name MAKKONEN ;)

fuzzybear44 February 6, 2016 at 12:31 am

It’s funny, if Emperor Haile Selassie and Marcus Garvey had got their way, there wouldn’t be any African Americans right now.

midori29 April 15, 2016 at 6:27 am

There is Nothing ethnically ambigious about the BLACK MAN. There are no people except black Africans with his type of hair. And if he was mixed he would not have that kinky hair texture.

Justinian October 30, 2015 at 2:01 am

He doesn’t look Ethiopian, a typical Ethiopian looks like this:

They have Caucasian features on average usually. This guy Abel must have Bantu ancestry or something.

fuzzybear44 October 30, 2015 at 2:42 am

See that’s the problem, the media. As well as others, like to promote just one type of Ethiopian. There is almost 100 different ethnic groups there, and they look different from each other.Some are Caucasian in phenotype, while others are not

Justinian October 30, 2015 at 5:15 pm

That’s cause not all ethnic groups in Ethiopia are ethnic Habesha or Horn African in general.

fuzzybear44 November 1, 2015 at 12:17 am

People have been migrating all over, and in and out of Africa for thousands of years. it’s no telling who was what. Ethiopia encompass a huge amount of land mass in ancient times, with a bunch of different black groups living in it . One group falls . and another steps up to take their place. So it doesn’t matter if your group has been there for thousands of years or a few hundred, they are there now. In ancient times, Ethiopians were described as being “burnt-face” meaning black, so that could have been anybody

midori29 May 3, 2017 at 8:56 am
Samiiraa December 29, 2015 at 2:29 pm

You are so stupid, sorry but there is no typical Ethiopian look. In Ethiopia, there are different ethnicities. The Mursi people for example are Ethiopians but are very dark

midori29 December 31, 2015 at 5:12 am

Ethiopians DO NOT have caucasian features. Caucasians have there features.

xoxo October 21, 2015 at 3:12 am

He reminds me of an ethnic version of John Mayer.

midori29 April 15, 2016 at 6:28 am

A BLACK version of John Mayer

neiltennant June 27, 2016 at 3:29 pm

BÄHHHHHHH don’t be ridiculous
JOHN MAYER is ugly

cwm85 October 12, 2015 at 1:53 pm

Full Ethiopian? I saw him on Snl. Not really a big fan but it was ok…

neiltennant October 12, 2015 at 10:00 am

we do have a lot of ethopians in germany and you will recognize them because they are much lighter than other africans

memphis November 23, 2015 at 10:31 am

Yeah because Africans are very diverse being that Africa has 54 countries and thousands of different ethnic looks and cultures. Like a German looks different from a Finn or someone from Spain. Not all Ethiopians are light skinned just like not all Nigerians are deep black skinned.

midori29 December 31, 2015 at 5:18 am

Nope. You just have a stereotypical image of an African black person thats not accurate. There are just as many light skin West Africans as there are light skinned East Africans.

neiltennant October 12, 2015 at 9:59 am

despite his color of his skin which is not the darkest, he has some caucasian features

he could pass for a mixed ethnicity guy

midori29 April 15, 2016 at 6:29 am

I see absolutely NO Caucasian features on this man and he is not even that light skinned. Look at his hair its fully black African. This man has kinkier hair than myself and I do not consider my self mixed.

neiltennant June 27, 2016 at 3:30 pm

ok but HAIR is not accurate to say something about ethnicity

i am pale like a sheet of bed but have black hair

my sister is pale, has curly brown hair

midori29 May 3, 2017 at 8:59 am

@Neiltenant his hair is super tight and super kinky. Skin tone has been noted to be the LEAST and last determinant of racial admixture, therefore HAIR texture is more of an indicator of admixture. There are 100% Africans all over the continent with his skin tone which is NOT that light. He is barely light skinned. All Africans are not dark skinned. Also many dark skinned blacks with wavy curly hair are MORE mixed than lighter blacks with kinky hair. Trust me I am from a mixed country. You cannot say because a black person is lighter skinned that they are mixed. Not accurate at all.

Gurrl September 11, 2015 at 9:28 am

Looks west African instead of the typical Ethiopian look.

Capricious October 11, 2015 at 4:49 am

West Africans look like Akon. They look stereotypically dark Africans.

This guy looks very Ethiopian. Slightly lighter and rather Arabic looking.

midori29 April 15, 2016 at 6:30 am

I think he looks West African too, not a single curl pattern to his hair, its fully Afro textured. Even though there are West Africans with loose kinky curly hair

West African black Tauregs

lelo4 September 4, 2015 at 10:17 pm

Ethiopians are genetically half black African half caucasian/middle eastern

midori29 April 15, 2016 at 6:54 am

@Lelo4, you must not know any Ethiopians what you are saying is WRONG. Ehtiopians are not half white they are Black East Africans at 100 percent. Whites like to take credit for them as well as ARabs because of there features. Ethiopians are the oldest humans on earth and most are 100 percent pure East African. Somalians are too. Arabs are hairy people with hook noses, Ethiopians do not have these traits. Also Europeans are a younger race than Ethiopians. They dug up the graves of olde Ethiopian bones and there facial features were exactly the same as today. These people are pure and the oldest black race in Africa.

Somalian born model Iman has always stated that she is a pure 100 percent black East African with no Arab or white Admixutre with a thin nose, thin lips, etc. so called cacusian feture, which are not. East Africans developed independently of Europeans and Arabs. In their part of Africa the weather and climate is different,
Ethiopian Lya Kebede pure black East African (no admixture)

andrew April 15, 2016 at 2:58 pm

“Arabs are hairy people with hook noses”. Nice comment LOL

phaedra April 16, 2016 at 9:26 pm

So are Italians and many Southern Europeans. So rich coming from a short hairy greaser like yourself. Lmao…

Projection much, Andrew?

andrew April 17, 2016 at 4:30 am

Midori told the truth, deal with it.

neiltennant June 27, 2016 at 3:31 pm

BOSNIAKS do have also hook noses and stereotypical

what is racist

midori29 May 3, 2017 at 9:01 am

@lelo4 there is a SMALL population of mixed Ethiopians but thats not the whole country. You forget about these Ethiopians. Ethiopians are super diverse. On average they are not half white.

M June 8, 2015 at 7:50 am

Btw, this guy looks way older than his age. I thought he was in his 30s.

ihatemostpeople June 15, 2014 at 3:31 am

Wow I had no idea he was Ethiopian. I thought he was biracial (black and white). He looks mixed.

M June 8, 2015 at 7:48 am

Most Ethiopians are mixed with Caucasian. Of course someone is going to argue with that statement, but most Ethiopians and Eritreans do not look like other black Africans. They’re basically darker skinned white people, some even could pass as Indians. They are not pure black.

pureblack August 30, 2015 at 11:37 pm

Get the fuck out of here they pure black you dumb M.F

sarahle August 31, 2015 at 10:52 am

calm down and stop cursing…
open your eyes and stop acting like a blind child.
ethiopians do have different features than the rest of africans… this is fact!
you are acting like an ignorant.

pureblack August 30, 2015 at 11:38 pm

You wrong dumb ass!!!

andrew August 31, 2015 at 2:15 am

he looks like a mulatto. I’ve never seen an Ethiopian with his look.

sarahle August 31, 2015 at 10:47 am

you are right.
I would never guessed him ethiopian.
some sudanese, some eritrean or the most ethiopian have caucasian facial features like high forehead etc.

here an example of a ethiopian family:

fuzzybear44 February 7, 2016 at 12:17 am


( most ethiopian have caucasian facial features like high forehead etc)

That is not correct. There are between 80-100 groups there, most of whom are not Caucasoid. they promote the ones on the web and in the media that are Caucasoid, and ignore the rest

midori29 April 15, 2016 at 7:05 am

I have never seen an Ethiopian with hair that Kinky. That is West African Ghanian or Nigerian hair. or some other part of Africa that migrated to East Africa.
This woman is 100 percent black West African and she is lighter than the Weekend.
100 percent West African woman

midori29 April 15, 2016 at 7:06 am

He looks pure 100 black to me

fuzzybear44 April 16, 2016 at 1:29 am

Have you actually looked?

fuzzybear44 April 16, 2016 at 1:56 am

Quote(I have never seen an Ethiopian with hair that Kinky. That is West African Ghanian or Nigerian hair.)

Have to disagree a little bit. As I mention before, there are about 80-100 different groups there. This group here was said to be indigenous to Ethiopia, and were actually push off their land by the Somalians in the tenth century. Their hair looks pretty kinky to me:
They do try to relax it with that butter. Like I said, I only disagree about the hair thing.


Every heard about the human zoos in Europe and the U.S.?

fuzzybear44 April 16, 2016 at 7:13 am

Quote(have you actually looked)

That was for andrew

sarahle August 31, 2015 at 10:49 am

they are 100% africans. africans do look different all over the continent. but theoretically there is a chance they are mixed with caucasian.
true, some could pass as indians. for example:

sarahle August 31, 2015 at 10:49 am
Wolfman August 31, 2015 at 11:24 am

These people could never pass as a Punjabi Sikh maybe a South Indian, but I have seen Ethiopians like him before. When I was in Switzerland a person said I don’t look Indian. Then he said I look like a Bollywood Actor plus I’ve been told I can pass as Afghan, Iranian and Arab.

midori29 April 15, 2016 at 7:03 am

No, NO, NO the look of Ethiopians DID NOT come from white people or Caucasians, the Caucasian look came from black Ethiopians. Ethiopians are the OLDEST people on the earth. They came FIRST. The bones were dug up of ancheint Ethiopians and they looked exactly the same as they do today.

midori29 April 15, 2016 at 7:08 am

@M you made me realize that there are a lot of IGNORANT people who do not know what black people look like. We come in all different skin tones dark midnight to high yellow and all different hair textures, and colors. curly, kinky, wavy, blonde and red. Please do a google search before you speak NONSENSE. Some people on this site are really really ignorant, wow.

Real black 100 percent West Africans

midori29 April 15, 2016 at 7:16 am

@M, not true, MOST Ethiopians are pure black Africans and will tell you that

midori29 April 15, 2016 at 7:01 am

You do not have hair like that and be mixed, that’s 100 percent pure African hair. Most of the time half black half white has finer looser hair. Going by skin tone is not a good thing. There are 100 percent light skin black Africans, lighter than the weekend. You forget there are West Africans who look like this.
Mother of Amadu Dialo, the slain black man by the police, she is 100 percent black West African.

midori29 May 3, 2017 at 9:03 am

@ihatemostpeople. NOthing about the Weekend looks mixed. Stop with that train of thought. Just because a black person happens to be a little lighter does not mean they are mixed. Singer Prince was alot lighter, softer haired and finer featured than the Weekend but no one called PRINCE mixed because he had two black parents.

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