US tour with Fendika and Debo band

             From the blizzard-like snowstorms of Boston to the temperate highlands of Addis Ababa and hot equatorial beaches of Zanzibar. From meager beginnings in church basements and neighborhood loft parities to a prime time slot in East Africa's biggest music festival. By February of this year, Debo Band had earned the accolades of local and international audiences alike with its "anything-is-possible" attitude.
             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 – accordion, violins, horns, and drums. Though devoted to 1970s grooves, Debo Band has also found inspiration in the contemporary sounds of Ethiopian pop music while developing their own, original compositions. 
            While most African "tribute" bands focus on the legends of yesteryear, Debo's Ethiopia-based collaborators Fendika are young torchbearers in their twenties and early thirties. With a powerful female vocalist, an exciting male and female dance duo, and a propulsive traditional goat-skin drummer, Fendika adds the vibrancy of Addis Ababa's nightlife to Debo Band's distinctive take on Ethiopian dance music.
           Fendika group leader Melaku Belay has established himself as the top dancer in Ethiopia with more than 40 international concerts in the last three years, including performances at Chicago's Millennium Park and New York City's Lincoln Center. One of the most active artists on the Addis Ababa scene today, Melaku is an ardent supporter of Ethiopia's diverse musical traditions and a savvy cultural entrepreneur who manages his own nightclub and is developing his own institute for the arts.

Sep 16 2010
SOMERVILLE (MA)-Johnny D's , 17 Holland St., 7.30PM
Sep 17 2010
NEW-YORK (NY)-Joe's Pub , 425 Lafayette Street, 9.30pm
Sep 18 2010
RICHMOND (VA)- Balliceaux, 203 North Lombardy, 9.30pm
Sep 19 2010
PHILADELPHIA (PA)-Crossroads Music, 801 South 48th Street, 7.30pm
Sep 23 2010
PROVIDENCE (RI)-Burnside Park Music Series, Kennedy Plaza, 5.30pm
Sep 25 2010
MILWAUKEE (WI)-Global Union, Humboldt Park, 4.00pm
Sep 25 2010
CHICAGO (IL)-Martys, Chocago World Music Festival, 3855 N. Lincoln Av., 10 pm
Sep 26 2010
CHICAGO (IL)-Navy Pier, Chicago World Music Festival

             From the blizzard-like snowstorms of Boston to the temperate highlands of Addis Ababa and hot equatorial beaches of Zanzibar. From meager beginnings in church basements and neighborhood loft parities to a prime time slot in East Africa's biggest music festival. By February of this year, Debo Band had earned the accolades of local and international audiences alike with its "anything-is-possible" attitude.
             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 – accordion, violins, horns, and drums. Though devoted to 1970s grooves, Debo Band has also found inspiration in the contemporary sounds of Ethiopian pop music while developing their own, original compositions. 
            While most African "tribute" bands focus on the legends of yesteryear, Debo's Ethiopia-based collaborators Fendika are young torchbearers in their twenties and early thirties. With a powerful female vocalist, an exciting male and female dance duo, and a propulsive traditional goat-skin drummer, Fendika adds the vibrancy of Addis Ababa's nightlife to Debo Band's distinctive take on Ethiopian dance music.
           Fendika group leader Melaku Belay has established himself as the top dancer in Ethiopia with more than 40 international concerts in the last three years, including performances at Chicago's Millennium Park and New York City's Lincoln Center. One of the most active artists on the Addis Ababa scene today, Melaku is an ardent supporter of Ethiopia's diverse musical traditions and a savvy cultural entrepreneur who manages his own nightclub and is developing his own institute for the arts.