Debo Band and Christine Salem: Global Roots Festival 2013

Debo Band
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 7:30pm

KFAI proudly sponsors the resounding close of Global Roots Festival 2013 at the Cedar Cultural Center on Wednesday, September 25, at 7:30 pm. This FREE show presents Debo Band, re-interpreting the Golden Age of Ethiopian popular music for the modern day, and the bluesy, percussive sound of charismatic vocalist Christine Salem's maloya, from Réunion in the Indian Ocean.

Ethio-jazz, popular in the 60s and 70s, combined traditional Ethiopian music with soul, jazz, and Latin influences. Boston-based Debo Band reinvents Ethio-jazz, infusing new elements including klezmer, avant-garde jazz, and groove-based musics of multiple provenances.

Adding sousaphone, accordion, and electric and acoustic violins to their brass, reeds, and guitars gives them a sound that is both traditional and modern.

Christine Salem from Réunion in the Indian Ocean is one of maloya’s rare female voices, and is blessed with a strong and charismatic personality. Accompanied by her favorite instrument, the kayamb, her deep voice projects Creole, Malagasy, Comorean or Swahili songs which are carried along by a gutsy maloya, subtly mixing Indian Ocean music with African rhythms.

Christine Salem is a rough diamond, an extraordinary artist with a unique path.

This event is free and open to all (subject to capacity).

More information about this free show is available at The Cedar Cultural Center.