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Live Video: Debo Band

Directed by bandleader Danny Mekonnen, the Boston-based Debo Band take inspirations from 1960s Ethiopian jazz music, elements of klezmer, funk and rock and roll. They combine these into original instrumentation and create a rhythmic, thoughtful, often trans-like musical narrative. Adding to Mekonnen’s own Ethiopian heritage, the large group is an amalgamation of players from allRead more…

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Live Video: Debo Band at Bumbershoot Music Lounge

Debo Band was without a doubt the largest band performing at the Bumbershoot Music Lounge last month, and it’s likely that their 11 members crowding the tiny stage made one of the biggest sounds of the entire weekend. Led by saxophonist Danny Mekonnen and vocalist Bruck Tesfaye, what started as a practice band in BostonRead more…

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Live at Bumbershoot, Day 2: Debo Band

Debo Band are all over the place. They are a little bit Ethiopian pop (the band is fronted by Ethiopian-American saxophonist Danny Mekonnen), a little bit American soul, and the massive amount of brass and instrumentation is reminiscent of Eastern European music. But somehow, all of this works together quite nicely on and off theRead more…

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Listen to KEXP from Bumbershoot Music Lounge

This weekend, KEXP returns to the Bumbershoot Music Lounge returns for a glorious seventh year bringing intimate performances from some of Bumbershoot’s biggest names and broadcasting them live. This year’s lineup features an incredibly diverse and talented group of artists, from electro-pop sensations Passion Pit to the legendary indie rockers Low to the Ethiopian funkRead more…

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