Ethiopian-American saxophonist Danny Mekonnen, who was born in Sudan and grew up in Texas, founded the band, which released their self-titled album Debo Band in July of 2012. Debo Band smoothly combines American funk, brass band music, R&B and rock all filtered with an Ethiopian soul to produce completely unique jazz. Debo has toured Ethiopia twice, appearing at both the Ethiopian Music Festival in Addis Ababa and Sauti Za Busara in Zanzibar, the largest music festival in East Africa. The band is currently touring the United Sates and will be performing in Boston, New York, Vermont, and Massachusetts.
Listen to Danny talk about the golden age of Ethiopian music and the band plays live.
NOT JUST A SONG
Recent Release: Debo Band
Release Date: July 2012
Label: Next Ambiance/Sub Pop