On a bill with David Dorfman Dance and The Family Stone (!), Debo Band (@debobandtheband), at Lincoln Center Out of Doors on August 11, is a Boston-based, Ethio-groove collective led by Danny Mekonnen. The band’s unique instrumentation—including horns, strings and yes, accordion—was inspired by the Golden Age of Ethiopian music in the late 1960s and early 70s, but its accomplished musicians are giving new voice to that sound. Joining Debo is Ethiopian traditional dance and music troupe, Fendika, amazing young Azmari artists led by one of Ethiopia’s leading dancers Melaku Belay. Belay, one of the most active artists and arts advocates on the Addis Ababa scene today, is a virtuoso interpreter of Eskiska, a traditional Ethiopian “shoulder dance.” He appeared at Out of Doors in 2008 dancing with Gétatchèw Mèkurya and The Ex.
You can check out some of their music for free on their site, and at Lincoln Center on August 11.