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World Music Series: QWANQWA US debut

November 9, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST

In-person tickets for this program are SOLD OUTYou can still join us online.

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.  

Featured Musicians: 

  • 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. 

About your visit:

Remember you can dine at the in-house restaurant 40 North before, during, or after the show. Please visit Open Table or call 412-435-1111 to make a reservation. 

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November 9, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST
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40 W. North Avenue
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