Birth Name: Abel Makkonen Tesfaye
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date of Birth: February 16, 1990
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, Samrawit Hailu and Makkonen Tesfaye, are Ethiopian. He is fluent in Amharic, a Semitic language spoken in Ethiopia. Growing up, he attended services at an Ethiopian Orthodox church.
The Weeknd’s paternal grandfather is named Tesfaye.