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Friday, March 18 • 12:00am - 1:00am
Debo Band

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DEBO BAND: An Ethiopian funk & groove collective. With a reverence for the vintage sounds of 1970s Ethiopian pop and a fresh approach all their own, Debo Band offers an exciting live show full of the searing horns, crooning vocals, and slinky funk grooves that brought renown to the Ethiopiques series. Founded by Ethiopian-America musician Danny Mekonnen, the group is committed to introducing Ethiopian music to new audiences far and wide. Since forming in 2006, this Boston-based collective of eleven members has made two pilgrimages to East Africa – with accordions, tubas, saxophones, guitars, and drums in tow. Along the way, Debo Band has struck up collaborations with traditional Ethiopian artists, played major African music festivals, and is currently working with a filmmaker on a documentary about their escapades. Debo Band recently produced its first two releases: Adderech Arada, a 7" single on the Brooklyn-based label Electric Cowbell Records, and Flamingoh (Pink Bird Dawn), a self-released EP/CD recorded live in Africa and the US, documenting their unique take on 1970s Ethiopian funk. In September 2010, Debo Band presented the debut U.S. tour of their project with Fendika, a dance and folk music ensemble from Addis Ababa, at the Chicago World Music Festival and Joe's Pub (NYC).

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Debo Band

Debo Band is a 11-member group led by Ethiopian-American saxophonist Danny Mekonnen and fronted by charismatic vocalist Bruck Tesfaye. Since their inception in 2006, the band have toured Ethiopia twice, having appeared at both the Ethiopian Music Festival in Addis Ababa and Sauti... Read More →

Friday March 18, 2011 12:00am - 1:00am CDT

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