Wednesday, July 17, 2024   
Doors open: 20:00
Showtime: 20.30
Damage: €10

QWANQWA – ቋንቋ (Ethiopia) – The curious & delicious “éthiopique” night fever

(curated by MadameMacario)

Beaming in from the sizzling Addis Ababa nightlife scene, this group shines an experimentalism based in the virtuosity of rooted traditions. With swirling masinko (one∼stringed fiddle), wah∼wah violin, bass krar grooves, the heavy riffs of goat skin kebero beats, and powerful mellismatic lead african diva vocals, QWANQWA keeps the people rapt in celebratory attention…

QWANQWA’s debut US tour of 54 concerts in fall 2022 brought the poignant euphoric experience to storied jazz clubs, sticker slapped rock clubs, folk festivals, prestigious music institutions, street festivals, universities, and country opera houses, all the while unifying these audiences as they clap along “Music is Universal Language”. Qwanqwa uncovers lesser known traditional sounds from east africa regions of Ethiopia and beyond—a trance∼like chant of the Eritrean tribe of Blen, a psychadelic Somalian cover, an extended Amhara wedding medley, a Mahmoud Ahmed sing∼a∼long…

• The ensemble was founded in 2012 by American violinist Kaethe Hostetter, who first worked in Ethiopian music as a founding member of critically acclaimed Debo Band. Relocating to Addis Ababa in 2009, she participated in numerous exploratory and professional projects, immersing further into the culture of her surroundings. In this sense, QWANQWA, the Amharic word for “language” is a project creating dialogues between cultures. Members are Endris Hassen (masinko), Kaethe Hostetter (violin), Bubu Teklemariam (bass krar), Selamnesh Zemene (voice), and Misale Legesse (kebero).

They have appeared internationally with Getachew Mekuria, The EX, Thurston Moore, Fred Frith, Butch Morris, Debo Band, Badume’s Band, Nile Project, Fendika, Mahmoud Ahmed, Mulatu Astatke, Addis Acoustic, Ethiocolor, Atse Teodros, Mohammed “Jimmy” Mohammed, from Lincoln Center to Bonnaroo, Jazzfest (New Orleans), Moers Festival, Roskilde, WOMEX, WOMAD and more.

Qwanqwa – 5 agosto – Alte Marche 2019

• Let’s meet on the roads in 2024 !

Aka Terrie Hessels, born in Westzaan, 12 October 1954. Started playing guitar when he co-founded The Ex in 1979. Some 2.000+ concerts with The Ex ever since. Starts in 2000 the TERP label, for his own impro-projects and African Music. Produced CDs with Tsehaytu Beraki, Getatchew Mekuria, Konono No.1 and Mohammed Jimmy Mohammed; 30+ releases thus far.

The Ex in Addis Abeba University- Cultural Center, feb. 21, 2011



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