The rebirth of Ethiopian Pop

Saturday, June 9, 2018, 12:00 PM and 7:30 PM
120 Mathewson Street, Downtown Providence*

“…fierce, jagged, complex, and galvanizing music”
-New York Times

Since their inception in 2006, this large ensemble band has won raves for their groundbreaking take on Ethiopian pop music (think Ethiopiques), which incorporates traditional scales and vocal styles, alongside American soul and funk rhythms, and instrumentation reminiscent of Eastern European brass bands. Debo Band has received broad critical praise from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and NPR, who placed the band’s debut album— produced by Thomas “Tommy T” Gobena of Gogol Bordello—on their “50 Favorite Albums Of 2012” list.

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Produced by the City of Providence
Founding Partner: FirstWorks
Singer Ayalew Mesfin performing on stage
*Schedule subject to change


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