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Debo Band: globalFEST 2012

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By Anastasia Tsioulcas

Earth-rattling horns and mesmerizingly oscillating vocals: Boston's Debo Band takes the funky, psychedelic groove of 1960s Ethiopia and transplants it firmly onto a 21st-century dance floor.

With 11 musicians crammed every which way onto the tiniest stage of the night — the sousaphone barely cleared overhead pipes — Debo Band closed globalFEST in serious, sweaty, funky style.

Set List
  • "Musicawi Silt"
  • "Yene Neger"
  • "Belomi Benna"
  • "Ney Ney Waleba"
  • "Asha Gedawo"
  • "Lantchi Biye"
  • "Tenesh Kelbe Lay"
  • "Addis Ababa Bete"
  • "Gedawo"
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