Ethiopian jazz with violins? Really? Maybe it’s because I miss cafe culture and this music brings back Sunday mornings sipping cafe mochas on Brooklyn Square (that would be Brooklyn, Pretoria). Maybe it’s because the music reminds me a little of Landscape Prayers, a South African band that was my first taste of “fusion music”. But either way, Debo Band’s debut album is cool, jazzy, catching and very cosmopolitan. Here’s the band’s page on SubPop Records where you can read about their fascinating history. Put on a pot of some strong coffee (Ethiopian, of course) and enjoy.
And while we’re on the topic of things Ethiopian, if you’re in the market for a good read check out Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. It’s a fascinating, well-written story that covers medicine, emigration and Ethiopia.
Have a cosmopolitan Sunday, beautiful people.