DEBO & FENDIKA, NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
[DUNKELBUNT]
A NEW DAY; LAYA PROJECT REMIXED
ADDIS ACOUSTIC PROJECT
AFRO ROOTS WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL
AMADOU & MARIAM
ANTÓNIO ZAMBUJO
APHRODESIA
BALKANBEATS
BANCO DE GAIA
BOBAN I MARKO MARKOVIC ORKESTAR
BOBAN I MARKO MARKOVIC
BOY WITHOUT GOD
C.J. CHENIER
CARLOS GOGO GOMEZ
CHOBAN ELEKTRIK
CHOPTEETH
CHRISTIANE D
CHRISTINE VAINDIRLIS
CLARA PONTY
COPAL
CUCHATA
DAMJAN KRAJACIC
DANIEL CROS
DEBO & FENDIKA
DEL CASTILLO
DR JAYANTHI KUMARESH
EARTHRISE SOUNDSYSTEM
EGYPT NOIR
ELIN FURUBOTN
EMILY SMITH
FANFARE CIOCARLIA VS. BOBAN & MARKO MARKOVIC
FEUFOLLET
FIAF PRESENTS WORLD NOMADS MOROCCO: MUSIC
FOOTSTEPS IN AFRICA
GECKO TURNER
GENTICORUM
GEOFF BERNER
GIANMARIA TESTA
GODS ROBOTS
GUARCO
HUUN HUUR TU
INDIAN OCEAN
IRENE JACOB & FRANCIS JACOB
JANAKA SELEKTA
JANYA
JERRY LEAKE
JOAQUIN DIAZ
JOEL RUBIN
JORGE STRUNZ
JOSEF KOUMBAS
JOYFUL NOISE (I GRADE RECORDS)
JUST A BAND
KAMI THOMPSON
KARTICK & GOTAM
KHALED
KHING ZIN & SHWE SHWE KHAING
KITKA'S CAUCASIAN CONNECTIONS PROJECT PERFORMANCES AND WORKSHOPS
KMANG KMANG
KOTTARASHKY AND THE RAIN DOGS
LA CHERGA
LAC LA BELLE
LAYA PROJECT
LENI STERN
LES TRIABOLIQUES
LISTEN FOR LIFE
LOBI TRAORÉ
LO'JO
LOKESH
MAGNIFICO
MAHALA RAI BANDA
MIDNITE
MOHAMMED ALIDU AND THE BIZUNG FAMILY
MR. SOMETHING SOMETHING
MY NAME IS KHAN
NAWAL
NAZARENES
NO STRANGER HERE (EARTHSYNC)
OCCIDENTAL BROTHERS ON TOUR
OCCIDENTAL GYPSY
OREKA TX
ORQUESTRA CONTEMPORÂNEA DE OLINDA
PABLO SANCHEZ
PEDRO MORAES
RAYA BRASS BAND
SALSA CELTICA
SAMITE
SARA BANLEIGH
SARAH AROESTE
SELAELO SELOTA
SHYE BEN-TZUR
SIA TOLNO
SIBIRI SAMAKE
SISTER FA
SLIDE TO FREEDOM II
SONIA BREX
SOSALA
SWEET ELECTRA
SYSTEMA SOLAR
TAGA SIDIBE
TAJ WEEKES
TARANA
TARUN NAYAR
TE VAKA
TELEPATH
THE MOUNTAIN MUSIC PROJECT
THE NATIVE AMERICA NORTH SHOWCASE
THE SPY FROM CAIRO
TITO GONZALEZ
TOUSSAINT
VARIOUS ARTISTS
VARIOUS ARTISTS
WATCHA CLAN
WHEN HARRY TRIES TO MARRY SOUNDTRACK
WOMEXIMIZER
WOMEXIMIZER
ZDOB SI ZDUB
ZIETI

Bio

Debo Band with special guests Fendika

Since 2006, Debo Band has presented their unique interpretations of classic Ethiopian popular music to Boston-area audiences. Made popular through the renowned Ethiopiques series, the musical inspiration behind Debo Band is an unlikely confluence of Ethiopian pentatonic scales and vocal styles, American soul and funk, and the instrumentation of Eastern European brass bands, including accordion, violins, horns, and drums. Founded by Ethiopian American Danny Mekonnen, a Harvard University educated ethnomusicologist, Debo's performances bring together the best of the last forty years of Ethiopian funk, jazz, and pop, with a reverence for the vintage sounds of the 1970s and a commitment to discovering contemporary gems, as well as developing new compositions -- in 2009, Debo wrote an original score for the award winning Ethiopian short film, "Lezare" (For Today).

Up until now, Debo Band, a ten-plus member collective, has primarily existed as a live band, playing at venues across New England and the U.S. East coast. Last year, however, Debo began taking steps towards actively documenting and releasing recordings, remixes, and collaborative projects with guest producers, evident most recently in a 7" single on Electric Cowbell Records. Currently producing a CD/DVD set and LP version of performances recorded in Boston, New York, and East Africa, the group is also working with a documentary filmmaker on a project about the band’s mission to bring Ethiopian music and musicians to the forefront of world music. This September, Debo Band will release it's first EP, Flamingoh (Pink Bird Dawn), a live recording that documents the brief period around the group's trip to East Africa in Winter 2010.

The group paid their dues playing neighborhood bars, church basements, and loft parties, and has since emerged as an internationally recognized touring band, with performances at two international festivals in the last year alone. Sponsored by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Debo traveled, in May 2009, to Addis Ababa for a performance at the 8th Ethiopian Music Festival, as well as several other locations throughout the Horn and East Africa. These performances affected Debo Band’s creative and professional development in significant ways, particularly in the collaboration they began with several traditional musicians from the group Fendika, a project that led to a prime-time performance at the 7th Sauti za Busara music festival in Zanzibar in February 2010.

Fendika is a four-member traditional “azmari” ensemble founded in 2008 by Melaku Belay, Ethiopia’s top dancer and highly respected cultural ambassador. “Azmari” music is the name for a folk music traditionally performed by the azmari, or wandering musicians from the countryside, who sing, play, and dance for money and praise. Under Melaku’s direction, Fendika revolutionizes the artistic world of Addis Ababa by creating music that presents a symbiosis between tradition and modernity. In special projects and collaborations, Fendika’s traditional azmari music has continually shifted and reinvented itself, while being enriched by Ethiopian-influenced jazz and rock bands from abroad, including Imperial Tiger Orchestra (Switzerland), The Ex (the Netherlands), le Tigre des Platanes (France), and Debo Band (USA), among others.

Fendika's members include: Melaku Belay, who has extensively toured Europe as a dance performer and instructor; Selamnesh Zemene, a powerful female vocalist with azmari roots in Gondar, the old capital of Ethiopia; Zenash Tsegaye, Melaku’s feisty female dance accomplice; and Asrat Ayalew, a young and spirited new drummer from Addis Ababa. Fendika’s members also perform in Melaku’s Ethio Colour, a thirteen-member traditional music troupe that offers a vibrant image of Ethiopia in all her diversity.

In 2007, the group worked with the Japanese Visual Anthropologist Itsushi Kawase to research and document "Ethnic Dance Performance Scene in Urban Ethiopia"  under UNESCO/Norway Funds-in-Trust project. The outcome of the research (a film) was presented at the Library of Congress in September 2007. Additionally, the group's work with Debo Band will be featured in a documentary (currently in post-production) by Boston-based independent filmmaker Ashley Hodson. On the world stage, Fendika has performed in France at the Africolor Festival (2009) and in Zanzibar at the Sauti za Busara music festival (2010). Now in 2010, the Fendika group has standing invitations at some of the United States’ biggest “world music” venues and festivals: the Chicago World Music Festival, Milwaukee’s Global Union, and Joe’s Pub, to name a few.

Debo + Fendika Complete Personnel:
Bruck Tesfaye - lead vocals; Danny Mekonnen - tenor and baritone saxophone; Stacey Cordeiro - accordion; Kaethe Hostetter - five-string violin; Jonah Rapino - electric violin; Dave Harris - trombone; Arik Grier - sousaphone; Brendon Wood - guitar; PJ Goodwin - electric bass; Adam Clark - Kit drums; guests include Fendika members, Melaku Belay - dancer, director; Zinash Tsegaye - dancer; Selamnesh Zemene - vocals; Asrat Ayalew - "kebero" (traditional drums)


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