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  • botb December 29, 2016

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Gigi–New Voice From Ethiopia

    To accompany and expand upon this week’s Afropop Worldwide program “Ethiopia, Part One: Empire and Revolution,” we are featuring a Beat cover story from 2002 on Gigi Shibabaw, then a rising young singer on the international stage. Under the aegis … Read more »

  • interview May 13, 2016

    The Call of the Lionhearted: A Chat With Debo Band’s Danny Mekonnen

    The eclectic Boston-based Ethiopian music juggernaut Debo Band releases its second studio album, Ere Gobez, in May, and it is strong medicine. These 11 tracks mix original composition and wildly reworked covers—though nothing you’re likely to recognize—in a bracing milieu … Read more »

  • blog October 5, 2015

    Wondem: Ethio-pop Release From Dexter Story

    Wondem means “brother” in Amharic, and Los Angeles-based musician and producer Dexter Story says he felt a brotherly connection to Ethiopia while in the process of creating his upcoming album, Wondem, to be released on Soundway Records on Oct. 23. … Read more »

  • blog July 25, 2015

    Obama’s Addis Ababa Music Guide

    After a few days in Kenya, his ancestral homeland, President Obama heads to Ethiopia. It’s been a while since Afropop got the chance to visit Addis Ababa, so we reached out to musician Cory Seznec to give us an update on what’s … Read more »

  • blog January 22, 2015

    An Hour of Ethiopian Bliss

    Since you’ve found your way to this blog post, we probably don’t need to tell you how fantastic the music of Ethiopia is. What often gets less attention, however, is just how diverse it is. Ethiopia is the second-most populous … Read more »

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