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“Albums like this, which dice up and recombine musical traditions, so often run the risk of being more interesting than good — fascinating to study, but not much fun to listen to. Everything here, though, feels strangely organic and effortlessly joyful. Some will surely hear it and go scrambling back to research the original Ethiopian music at its foundation. But more will simply let it wash over them and get swept up in the party.” ­­- S​PIN​

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“…riotous energy and sinuous swing.” -­­ NPR

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“Guitar solos, massed vocals, violin and brass rush in like a Red Bulled marching band. Dance at your own risk.” ­­- R​olling Stone

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It’s not an easy feat to pay tribute and transcend that same tribute simultaneously, but… this band manages the trick.” ­­- ​Pitchfork

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“Boston area’s Debo Band gather inspiration from The Golden Age of Ethiopian popular music in the late 1960s – a time that had Addis Ababa littered with groups playing a brass­-heavy concoctions influenced by American soul and jazz. This isn’t simply revivalist music though, Debo Band take the aesthetics of that past scene and repurpose them with mutated instrumentation (sousaphones, accordions, electric violins) and an overall in­-the-­pocket groove.” -­­ O​kayAfrica

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“Full of churning strings, driving horns and flashes of klezmer, Debo Band’s eclectic sound should keep any summer barbecue cooking,” ­­- L​os Angeles Times

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“A different archival impulse paid off for Debo Band, a Boston group devoted to the Ethiopian funk of the late 1960s and ’70s: fierce, jagged, complex, and galvanizing music. With a beefy horn section, biting violins and a lead singer with a convincing Ethiopian quaver, the group brought back a live version of a style that was never recorded as vividly.” -­­ ​New York Times

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“The Boston-­b​ased band Debo Band gives the psychedelic music heard on the E​thiopiques collections a high­s​pirited revamp.” ­­- T​he Village Voice

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With the weight of Sub Pop behind them, here’s hoping this is the start of a new renaissance for the sounds of old Addis Ababa.”­ – T​iny Mix Tapes

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“What sets Debo Band apart from other acts that play classic African styles is that they make the music sound contemporary, as if it was just invented now. The energy and power is overwhelming…This band is going places!” -­­ A​fropop Worldwide

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“…an act that embodies real, living, vital international music.” -­­ T​he Boston Phoenix

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“Boston­-b​ased Debo Band has caught fire of late with one of the finest post-­E​thiopiques presentations of modern Ethiopian jazz.” -­­ H​uffington Post

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“If George Clinton had come from Ethiopia instead of outer space, the result might have been what Debo Band gives you.” -­­ ​The Boston Globe

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“The hyper-­k​inetic music from this 11­-p​iece Ethiopian-­A​merican act was a breath of fresh air, literally.” -­­ A​merican Songwriter

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“…a band with an uncompromising visions…an intoxicating, multi-faceted triumph… the rhythms are infectious, the time signatures constantly surprise and the myriad vocals are both joyful and evocative.” -­­ I​rish Independent