Debo Band

2:49pm

Wed October 10, 2012
World Cafe

Debo Band On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 12:18 pm

Debo Band.
Shawn Brackbill Courtesy of the artist

The 11-member group from Boston known as Debo Band has a sound influenced by the traditional music played in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the late '60s and early '70s. This style, labeled "Addis swing," came about amid the cultural freedom of that period, before a military coup put an end to the era. Ethiopian-American saxophonist Danny Mekonnen, who was born in Sudan and grew up in Texas, founded Debo Band, which released a self-titled album in July.

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1:47pm

Mon August 13, 2012
Music Reviews

Debo Band: Ethiopian Funk, Reinvented

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 4:09 pm

The debut album from Boston group Debo Band honors and updates the sound of "swinging Addis."
Shawn Brackbill

Boston's Debo Band takes inspiration from a golden era of popular music in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the late '60s and early '70s. During a brief period of cultural freedom in Ethiopia, funk and soul music fused spectacularly with local traditions. Debo Band's debut album both honors and updates the sound of "swinging Addis."

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