Debo Band are a Boston-based ensemble who play music heavily inspired by Ethiopian pop music as well as American funk and Eastern European brass bands.
Founded in 2006 by saxophonist Danny Mekonnen, the group is led by singer Bruck Tesfaye. Other members include guitarist Brendon Wood and electric violinist Jonah Rapino (both of Devil Music), accordion player Marié Abe (Japonize Elephants), violinist Käthe Hostetter (Qwanqwa), and sousaphonist Arik Grier (Fat Day). They have toured Ethiopia twice and performed at the Ethiopian Music Festival in Addis Ababa as well as Sauti Za Busara in Zanzibar. They have performed shows with Group Doueh, the Ex with Getatchew Mekurya, Khaira Arby, and many others. Their first recording, live EP Flamingoh (Pink Bird Dawn), was issued in 2010. They also released two 7" singles on Electric Cowbell, both of which featured remixes by Kiddid. In 2012, American indie rock label Sub Pop released Debo Band's self-titled debut full-length, which was produced by Addis Ababa-born Thomas Gobena, bassist for New York-based Gypsy punks Gogol Bordello. In 2016, the group's second album, Ere Gobez, was released by FPE Records. ~ Paul Simpson, Rovi