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Debo Band: Ere Gobez (FPE Records)

Sep. 13, 2016
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Ethiopia had a vibrant and especially unique music scene before bad government and famine pushed the country into catastrophe during the 1980s. Debo Band draws from those sources from a contemporary context without—and this is a tricky balancing act—losing sight of the essential values of the original models. The rhythms are a propulsive fusion of East Africa and James Brown, the vocals are forceful and laced with Oriental modes, the horns launch into dizzying solos and the electric guitars add a touch of psychedelia to the mix.

 

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