GIRMA BÈYÈNÈ AND AKALÉ WUBÉ
MASTERS OF AFRICAN MUSIC
Thursday, September 12, 2019 - celebrating Ethiopian New Year's Day
Doors: 6:30 pm | Show: 7:30 pm
(le) poisson rouge
158 Bleecker Street, Manhattan
VIP Seating (limited) - $40
General Admission $25 - First 100 Advance | $30 - Advance | $35 - Day of Show
WMI celebrates Ethiopian New Year with a special documentary screening of Éthiopiques: Revolt of the Soul and the NYC debut of legendary Ethiopian artist Girma Bèyènè and Akalé Wubé.
Born in Addis Ababa, Girma Bèyènè is a composer, arranger, performer, bandleader, and a true legend of Ethiopian music. A contemporary of fellow musicians Mulatu Astatke, Mahmoud Ahmed, and Hailu Mergia, Girma is credited for arranging over 60 tracks in the 1960s and 70s in “Swinging Addis” during the Golden Era of Ethiopian music. He moved to the US to escape a brutal dictatorship and after a long hiatus from music was drawn back to the stage by his musical disciples, the France-based band Akalé Wubé, who are considered to be leading ambassadors of Ethiopian groove. That memorable concert resulted in the critically-acclaimed album Ethiopiques 30: Mistakes on Purpose - a collaborative project with Akalé Wubé and Bèyènè’s first recording in 25 years. The soulful, funky, Ethio-jazz album was produced by Francis Falceto, legendary producer of the famous Ethiopiques series.
Bèyènè’s age-worn voice and evocative spoken-word passages add extra emotional dimensions to his classics, while Akalé Wubé’s arrangements are sometimes sleek, sometimes raucous...Immaculately cool... Songlines
A soft, lived-in voice oozing a Johnny Cash-like grandeur and statesmanship with which Bèyènè
navigates a number of moods, with Akalé Wubé’s fulsome, funky backing... fRoots
The Masters of African Music series highlights some of the continent’s most acclaimed musicians.