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Editors’ Notes

Debo Band is an 11-piece ensemble based in Boston but rooted in Ethiopian psychedelic jazz. Bandleader Danny Mekonnen is an Ethiopian-American saxophonist whose direction lets the band play the music with a natural contemporary feel, rather than a genre-worshipping throwback style. “Akale Wube” opens with a timeless groove; the rhythm section sounds like it could have been recorded in the late '60s or in 2012. Over this, the brass section plays like a troupe equally raised on world music and late-'70s ska albums from 2-Tone Records. Lead singer Bruck Tesfaye has both a commanding and charismatic presence. Check out “Ney Ney Weleba,” where his vocals follow the rhythmic cadence and also coast above it with serpentine-moving melodies. Still, it’s the layered cacophony at the song's end that's most arresting—especially when Mekonnen reels back the maelstrom into one kinetic movement. Even when the band breaks from its preferred style and takes on klezmer ("Habesha") or cabaret ("Ambassel"), it keeps a thick, pulsing root of handsome Ethiopian soul.

Customer Reviews

Ethiopia attacks the world

great songs. excellent musicians. new scales for your ears. check it out.

Awesome songs

I expected this release to have awesome performances in it. BUT the choice of songs, the new originals, and variety of styles on this release go beyond all expectations.
Sure, Debo is well loved by a lovers of rock music and world music, but lovers of dance and the free spirit of improvisation will hold this in their hearts for a long long time.
The electric guitar work is inventive and sophisticated. The influence of Kaethe Hostetter on the traditional tunes and the melodic interpretation is unmatched. World class. It's the real deal.
If you want to know why you should get this, start with "And Lay" (penned by Danny Mekonen) and "Yekefer Wegagene" which is arranged by Kaethe Hostetter.


I am in love with this album, thank you for bringing back the authentic Ethiopian pop

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  • $9.99
  • Genres: World, Music
  • Released: Jul 10, 2012

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