Band Booking: Talking Collaborations, Tour Reading, and Chris Abani with Debo Band

The debut album from Boston’s Debo Band uses Ethiopian jazz and pop of the 1960s and 1970s as a starting point for a sound that incorporates numerous musical traditions into a refreshing, catchy whole. In his review of the album for Pitchfork, Joe Tangari noted that “you’ll hear plenty of fresh ideas here, as the band spikes its arrangements with hints of Romany brass and even Celtic melody.” We caught up with saxophonist and bandleader Danny Mekonnen via email.

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