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Kebero Band: blending native musical traditions with jazz rhythms for the MAISHA Dance performance

May 19, 2024

The Kebero Band, named after the kebero, a pivotal drum in the traditional music of Eritrea, Sudan, and Ethiopia, are the composers and performers of the music for the MAISHA Dance performance. 

Established by Teferi Assefa, drummer and percussionist, the Kebero musicians, as integral members of the Negarit band, introduced a groundbreaking genre known as “indigenous jazz” in 2012. This innovative approach merges native musical traditions with jazz rhythms, utilizing in-depth ethnomusicology techniques. Through its extensive work, the band not only captivates audiences with its music but also contributes to preserving disappearing indigenous heritages.

Teferi Assefa, born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, co-founded Lasta Sound in Los Angeles, CA, winning the Best Music Award at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival in 2005. Later, he co-established the Wudasse Ethio-Jazz band and founded the Negarit band in 2012 for ethnomusicology and anthropology research in indigenous communities. The Kebero Band integrates this remarkable experience and career into a dedicated composition for the MAISHA Dance performance.

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Don’t miss this opportunity to witness the artistry and cultural richness of the MAISHA Dance event.