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There’s something dangerous about tales of a Golden Age: especially a brief one. The so-called Golden Age of Ethiopian popular music (or Ethio-jazz, or Ethio-groove) lasted less than a decade. It took hold in the late 1960s in the cosmopolitan circles of Addis Ababa, fed by exposure to American soul and jazz, and boosted by the return of the Berklee College of Music-trained bandleader ... Read more in Amazon's Debo Band Store

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  • Vinyl (23 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Next Ambiance
  • ASIN: B008645YNK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 714,900 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For me easily best music of 2012 by band hadn't previously heard and serious contender for best of year.

GlobalFest 2012 in January (stream is on introduced me to this joyful fusion, which takes what I remember of the spirit of the 70s heyday and mixes in some more recent influences to bring it right up to date, with musicianship on a par with Badume's Band (backing band of choice on Ethio-legends tour). You can listen to their EP on BandCamp and amongst the YouTube footage is their trip to Ethiopia with its collaboration with local musicians and enthusiastic reception of this. Don't be put off by so-so review in SongLines.

The First Listen feature (again on NPR but expired when album released) had me eagerly awaiting someone on prepared to sell me a copy, The months since receipt have confirmed will be listening to this invigorating and varied sound far into the future. On Amazon 5-star system this would be about a 7 (I really like this).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Awesome debut album 12 July 2012
By Nathaniel Towery - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Debo Band's first album is a fun, upbeat, highly listenable collection of new and classic Ethiopian pop and folk songs. The album is varied and well-paced, and the music is simply amazing. Highly recommended.
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Wonderful debut full-length album from Boston-based band 9 Feb. 2014
By b-troweling - Published on
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For anyone interested in eclectic and jazz-inspired world music drawn from Ethiopia's past and present, this is worth your time. Excellent melodies, well integrated multi-instrumentalism, varied and quite diverse soundscapes, and a pleasant journey through both positive rhythms and darker moods. Some songs are more captivating than others, but the album is quite satisfying. I will be watching for more from this great band. They must be amazing live!
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Amer-Ethiopian Big Band Fusion 24 Jan. 2013
By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel - Published on
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This album, the second for the Debo Band, is a fuller accounting of their talent, indeed 11 tracks over 59 minutes. Their previous was an EP. While the earlier release was of live, more traditional recordings in Ethiopia, with that special energy and spontaneity, this issue has better sound and more developed, more polished arrangements. The vocalist, Bruck Tesfaye, is further back this time, in line with the wide assortment of instruments of the present 12-member ensemble: electric and acoustic violins, accordion, tenor and baritone saxophones, trumpet, trombone, guitar, sousaphone (yes, sousaphone), electric bass, drums, folk percussion, and embilta, which are 2-tone (fundamental and 4th or 5th) flutes without finger holes. The fundamental sound is Ethiopian with some regional influences of Sudan and Somalia; yet this a modern semi-fusion band with jazz big band and rock structures. The tunes are based on folk dance songs, wedding songs, romantic works, and praise songs. Some tracks have a funk flavor, some seem old-fashioned in the brass and violin style, other pieces simply rock, and a couple are slow and sensitive or bluesy melancholic. One praise piece includes the wax-and-gold double entendre form of poetic lyrics. Much of the music, however, is bright, cheerful, and strongly rhythmic. The final celebratory track, using traditional Ethiopian flutes, folk drums, and the drum kit, is a band original and sung in English. Debo Band is exotically unique. Its repertoire is diverse and always interesting.
Buy it and let it blow your mind 20 Aug. 2013
By M. Wilson - Published on
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Debo incorporates many different styles of Ethiopian musics in this album. It's not just great music, it's an education in Ethiopian culture. What a simply wonderful release. Don't miss out on this.
startling and enjoyable fusion of ancient and modern, brass ... 4 Sept. 2014
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startling and enjoyable fusion of ancient and modern, brass, accordion, violins, drums, guitars, a sousaphone, and a magnificent voice. Looking forward to their sophomore album- saw them live at the MFA, they put on a show, catch them if you can.
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