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  • blog October 27, 2016

    Two Greats of Ethiopia’s Golden Age: Mahmoud Ahmed and Girma Beyene

    The Golden Age of Ethiopian music has been bubbling up to the surface of international musical consciousness. The Ethiopiques compilation series, released over the past 18 years, began to turn the tide for Ethiopian musicians of the old school, bringing … Read more »

  • blog July 5, 2016

    Field Report: Hailu Mergia at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn

    The New York-based Anbessa Orchestra opened Friday night’s show (July 1) with their take on golden-age Ethiopian popular music. The septet played the rhythms and melodies of ‘70s Addis Ababa nightclubs with the horn-rich intensity and instrumentation of a contemporary … Read more »

  • contest June 24, 2016

    Ticket Giveaway: Hailu Mergia Show July 1 at Pioneer Works

    Hailu Mergia is one of Ethiopia’s premier accordion, keyboard and synthesizer players. Perhaps best known as the keyboardist of the Walias Band from Addis Ababa, Mergia awed American audiences after his move to the U.S. in the early ’80s to … Read more »

  • blog January 20, 2016

    CRASHfest Heats Up Boston Jan. 24

    On Sun., Jan. 24, the frozen city of Boston will have an opportunity to thaw out, at least for one night, as CRASHfest takes over the House of Blues, hosting three stages of boundary-crossing music. The headliner is the one … Read more »

  • program November 5, 2015

    Afro-Tech: Stories of Synths in African Music

    Technology is one of the great drivers of musical change, and often one of its least understood. In this episode, we will explore the synthesizer, looking closely at the history of this ubiquitous (and often debated) piece of musical technology, … Read more »

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