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Debo Band: Debo Band

Black VinylVinyl LP Record [2LP]
Price: $19.99
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Monday, April 14, 2014

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Debo Band is an 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 Za Busara in Zanzibar, the largest music festival in East Africa. In North America, they've shared stages with Gogol Bordello, The Family Stone, Tilahun Gessesse (one of the great voices of Ethiopian pop since the 60's), The Ex with Ethiopian sax legend Getatchew Mekuria, Group Doueh, and Khaira Arby and Her Band. They've also performed at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, The Kennedy Center, Montreal Jazz Fest, globalFEST 2012 at Webster Hall, Joe's Pub, and World Music Festival: Chicago.

"What's amazing about Debo Band is that they play that music (Ethiopian pop) without any sort of...precious reverence... They play it like it's NOW, as music of right now, and they play it with incredible energy and passion and excellence. And it just totally rocks. It's amazing."
- All Songs Considered, NPR

"A different archival impulse paid off for Debo Band, a Boston group devoted to the Ethiopian funk of the late 1960s and '70s: fierce, jagged, complex and galvanizing music. With a beefy horn section, biting violins and a lead singer with a convincing Ethiopian quaver, the group brought back a live version of a style that was never recorded as vividly."
- The New York Times

"The Boston-based band Debo Band gives the psychedelic music heard on the Ethiopiques collections a high-spirited revamp."
- Village Voice

"If George Clinton had come from Ethiopia instead of outer space, the result might have been what Debo Band gives you."
- Boston Globe

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1. Akale Wube
Producer: Thomas 'Tommy T' Gobena
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2. Ney Ney Weleba
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3. Not Just A Song
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4. Asha Gedawo
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5. And Lay
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6. Yefeker Wegagene
Producer: Thomas 'Tommy T' Gobena
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7. Medinanna Zelesegna
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8. Habesha
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9. Tenesh Kelbe Lay
Producer: Thomas 'Tommy T' Gobena
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10. Ambassel
Producer: Thomas 'Tommy T' Gobena
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11. DC Flower
Producer: Thomas 'Tommy T' Gobena
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