Over the last fifteen-plus years, producer Francis Falceto’s Éthiopiques CD series has uncovered the rich history of Ethiopian jazz and pop music of the 1960s and ‘70s, making record-collector stars of artists like jazz musicians Alemayehu Eshete and Mulatu Astatke. As with any rediscovered sound, younger American musicians have inevitably latched on and founded their own bands to mine the same vein. The best known of the Stateside Ethiopian-groove ensembles is Boston’s Debo Band, which hints at the sound of the Washington D.C.-based Feedel Band, which plays World Café Live on tonight. The group features Addis Ababa-born saxophonist Moge Habte, an alumni of the Walias Band, a renowned EthioJazz band that played a fusion of Ethiopian jazz and two-fisted American funk of the James Brown/Junior Walker school. The Feedel Band treads some of that same territory, while also absorbing elements of straight ahead jazz, reggae and jam band grooves that make them a distinctly U.S. hybrid. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.
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