debo band

DEBO BAND

Debo Band are a large ensemble led by Ethiopian-American saxophonist Danny Mekonnen and fronted by charismatic vocalist Bruck Tesfaye. Since their inception in 2006, the band has won raves for their groundbreaking take on Ethiopian pop music (think Ethiopiques), which incorporates traditional scales and vocal styles, alongside American soul and funk rhythms, and instrumentation reminiscent of Eastern European brass bands. Debo Band has received broad critical praise from The New York Times, Rolling Stone & Pitchfork.

Debo Band have shared stages with Gogol Bordello, Arcade Fire, Amadou & Mariam, (DJ) Questlove, The Family Stone, Antibalas, and Ethiopian great Tilahun Gessesse.

Debo Band features:

  • Bruck Tesfaye vocals
  • Danny Mekonnen saxophones
  • Gabriel Birnbaum tenor saxophone
  • Danilo Henriquez trumpet and percussion
  • Stephanie Baird trombone
  • Jonah Rapino electric violin
  • Kaethe Hostetter five-stringed violin
  • Marié Abe accordion
  • Brendon Wood guitar
  • Arik Grier sousaphone
  • PJ Goodwin bass
  • Adam Clark drums

Date Event Venue Find Availability
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 debo band the water rats