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Feedel Band (Ethiopia/DC)



Jeannie Hopper interviews members of the Ethiopian, D.C.-based Feedel Band following their appearance at Pioneer Works in April 2014.

Washington D.C. is home to the largest Ethiopian community outside of Ethiopia, so it’s no surprise that some of the greatest exponents of the 70′s era Ethiopian fusion made popular by the series Ethiopique should be based there. DCs’ Feedel Band is probably the last of the great Ethio Jazz bands and features saxophonist Moges Habte, from Addis Ababa, who also played with one of the most celebrated Ethiopian group of the 1970′s, The Walias Band – you might have heard their track Muziqawi Silt in Jim Jarmush’s Broken Flowers. Of late The Feedel Band has been mining their 70’s roots and working with producer Thomas Gobena (Gogol Bordello’s bassist, Debo Band producer) on a full-length album for Electric Cowbell Records.
 

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