What an ABSOLUTELY incredible week! As many of you are aware, the 4th of July weekend has a dual meaning for most Ethiopians living in the USA. Obviously, Independence Day, which is at the very least a day filled with friends, barbecue, and of course the requisite fireworks in the evening. There's also the Annual Ethiopian Soccer Tournament that occurs every year at this time. This year it was held in Washington DC, and what an INCREDIBLE week its been.
We had a BLAST opening for Munit + Jorg at Tropicalia. The vibe was great, it was great to see our sister Munit, along with her musical partner Jorg. They put on a great show, we wish them all the best on this their first joint US tour, that also marks the release of their newest CD. We're huge fans of their work, hope you give 'em a listen. If you're new to Munit+Jorg, check out their video from their previous release entitled "Noro Noro"
As many of you already know, we enjoy playing live, its especially exciting when we see some of our musician friends in the audience. This was very much the case at Laco Melza Ethio Café & Restaurant on Wednesday night. It was hard to miss many of our friends who had travelled to DC for the Soccer tournament, take time out of their hectic schedules to come hear us play. As usual the audience was AWESOME. Thanks to our hosts at Laco Melza Ethio Café & Restaurant, hope to see you again soon.
The 4th of July, held another set of fireworks in the form of Aster Aweke. Her energy never seems to wane, and the fans were crowding the stage even before she hit the stage. We've had numerous opportunities to back Aster up in the past, and it was our pleasure to do so again. Tsegaye Eshetu was in top form as usual, in his understated yet elegant style. Both of Aster and Tsegaye gave a great performance.
The amazing part of this week has been the sheer number of great musical acts that were performing in the DMV. New up & comers, Jano Band were at The Howard Theater, Alemayehu Eshete was ensconced at Bati Restaurant & Lounge, the LEGENDARY Mahmoud Ahmed and Teddy Afro on the same stage!!!! Say WHAT!?!?!? Its been an incredible week for all lovers of Ethiopian music. Even the Washington City Paper got in on some of the action, by noting some of the events on their website. WHEW!!! I could keep on listing all the great acts that appeared this last week, I hope next year is as rich and varied as this years musical performances. We hope to be there as well. In the meantime stay tuned.....