Horn pays tribute to rapper Nipsey.

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Ethiopians and Eritreans have paid moving tributes to the famed rapper with Eritrean origins, Nipsey Hussle, who was shot dead in front of a clothing store he owned in Los Angeles.

Known for his Grammy-nominated debut album, Hussle was remembered as a rare entertainer who bridged his American upbringing with his roots in the Horn of Africa.

"When we heard there's an Eritrean rapper out there, we were fans before we heard his music," said Ambaye Michael Tesfay, who eulogised Hussle at the memorial event held in a darkened parking lot. "He was an icon for us."

Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, had won the attention of rap fans from both Ethiopia and Eritrea for his embrace of his father's Eritrean heritage.

He visited Eritrea last year and told state media: "More than anything, I am proud of being Eritrean."

"It's just really tragic what happened," said Tezeta Solomon, an Ethiopian living in Los Angeles, who attended the occasion in Addis Ababa.

"When he first came out, we were all so excited. To know there was a...

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