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Debo Band

Debo BandAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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There’s something dangerous about tales of a Golden Age: especially a brief one. The so-called Golden Age of Ethiopian popular music (or Ethio-jazz, or Ethio-groove) lasted less than a decade. It took hold in the late 1960s in the cosmopolitan circles of Addis Ababa, fed by exposure to American soul and jazz, and boosted by the return of the Berklee College of Music-trained bandleader ... Read more in Amazon's Debo Band Store

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  • Audio CD (July 10, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Next Ambiance
  • ASIN: B008645Z2U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,696 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Debo Band is an 11-member group led by Ethiopian-American saxophonist Danny Mekonnen and fronted by charismatic vocalist Bruck Tesfaye. Since 2006, the band has toured Ethiopia twice, having appeared at the Ethiopian Music Festival and Sauti Za Busara in Zanzibar, the largest music festival in East Africa. In North America, they've shared stages with Gogol Bordello, The Family Stone, The Ex with Ethiopian sax legend Getatchew Mekuria and Group Doueh. They've performed at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, The Kennedy Center, Montreal Jazz Fest, globalFEST 2012 and World Music Festival: Chicago.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome debut album July 12, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Debo Band's first album is a fun, upbeat, highly listenable collection of new and classic Ethiopian pop and folk songs. The album is varied and well-paced, and the music is simply amazing. Highly recommended.
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For anyone interested in eclectic and jazz-inspired world music drawn from Ethiopia's past and present, this is worth your time. Excellent melodies, well integrated multi-instrumentalism, varied and quite diverse soundscapes, and a pleasant journey through both positive rhythms and darker moods. Some songs are more captivating than others, but the album is quite satisfying. I will be watching for more from this great band. They must be amazing live!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amer-Ethiopian Big Band Fusion January 23, 2013
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This album, the second for the Debo Band, is a fuller accounting of their talent, indeed 11 tracks over 59 minutes. Their previous was an EP. While the earlier release was of live, more traditional recordings in Ethiopia, with that special energy and spontaneity, this issue has better sound and more developed, more polished arrangements. The vocalist, Bruck Tesfaye, is further back this time, in line with the wide assortment of instruments of the present 12-member ensemble: electric and acoustic violins, accordion, tenor and baritone saxophones, trumpet, trombone, guitar, sousaphone (yes, sousaphone), electric bass, drums, folk percussion, and embilta, which are 2-tone (fundamental and 4th or 5th) flutes without finger holes. The fundamental sound is Ethiopian with some regional influences of Sudan and Somalia; yet this a modern semi-fusion band with jazz big band and rock structures. The tunes are based on folk dance songs, wedding songs, romantic works, and praise songs. Some tracks have a funk flavor, some seem old-fashioned in the brass and violin style, other pieces simply rock, and a couple are slow and sensitive or bluesy melancholic. One praise piece includes the wax-and-gold double entendre form of poetic lyrics. Much of the music, however, is bright, cheerful, and strongly rhythmic. The final celebratory track, using traditional Ethiopian flutes, folk drums, and the drum kit, is a band original and sung in English. Debo Band is exotically unique. Its repertoire is diverse and always interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it and let it blow your mind August 20, 2013
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Debo incorporates many different styles of Ethiopian musics in this album. It's not just great music, it's an education in Ethiopian culture. What a simply wonderful release. Don't miss out on this.
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