Artist Description“An eclectic mix of players… a sound that bridges cultures… just what Ethiopian pop music did in its golden age.”
–Bob Young, Boston Herald
Debo Band is an exhilarating eleven-piece Ethio-groove collective created as a means of exploring the unique sounds that once filled dance clubs of 1970s Ethiopia. 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. Committed to a broad range of musical collaboration, Debo Band recently performed with Fendika, a group of four outstanding traditional Ethiopian musicians and dancers, at the 8th Ethiopian Music Festival (Addis Ababa, 2009) and 7th Sauti za Busara Festival (Zanzibar, 2010). Led by Ethiopia's top dancer Melaku Belay, Fendika will join Debo Band at Joe's Pub in their New York City debut and their first U.S. tour.