World Music Series: QWANQWA US debut
November 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST
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With multiple European tours already under their belt, QWANQWA, an Ethiopian experimenta/traditional ensemble, embarks on their debut US tour. The tour visits 23 states with performances including the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Boston Global Music Festival, and the North Carolina Folk Festival. Plus the City of Asylum stage.
Founded in 2012, QWANQWA is a supergroup of musicians from the baddest ensembles of Addis Ababa, brought together by a shared passion for the power of Ethiopian music. Named for the Amharic word for “language,” QWANQWA, is a project creating dialogues between cultures, promoting the idea of music as universal language.
Brought together by a shared passion for the power of Ethiopian music.
With swirling masinko (one-stringed fiddle), wah-wah-violin, bass krar boom, and the unstoppable rhythm of heavy kebero (goat-skin drum), QWANQWA is a coming together of traditional regional beats and moods with experimentation and collaboration. All in one very celebratory evening of music.
- Endris Hassen: Masinko
- Selamnesh Zemene: Vocals
- Bubu Teklemariam: Bass Krar
- Misale Legesse: Kebero
- Kaethe Hostetter: 5 string violin
Presented in partnership with the Kente Arts Alliance and the Jazz Studies department at the University of Pittsburgh.
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