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Qwanqwa

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Qwanqwa is an instrumental  band from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, carrying decades of experience in the Ethiopian music scene and abroad. Qwanqwa originates from Gondar, Kombolcha, Ethiopia and Santa Cruz, California. Their music can be defined as experimental traditional Ethiopian rock “that deserves to be played in every living room, at every party and on every radio station from Gondar to Santa Cruz.”

To learn more about Qwanqwa visit: http://shaolinjazz.tumblr.com

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SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia – The PANEL DISCUSSION / 7.17.16

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Our SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia programming is coming to a close and we’re capping everything off with a panel discussion with the topic of discussion being the parallels between Ethio-Jazz and U.S. Jazz and Ethiopian Hip-Hop and U.S. Hip-Hop.  The discussion, featuring notable artists, DJs and educators such as Wayna, Keanna Faircloth, and Tewodross Melchishua, will be open to the public, will take place from 5-7 PM on Sunday July 17th at the Busboys and Poets on K St.  For more info and to RSVP click here.

SHAOLIN JAZZ in The Washington Post

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2-Tone and I made the Washington Post regarding our trip to Ethiopia and our accompanying show on Saturday. Shouts to Chris from the Post on the coverage and Christoph Carr on the photo.  To read the piece click here.

SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE / The Ethiopia Edition / 6.4.16

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Our SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia programming is far from over.  Join us on Saturday June 4th, at Tropicalia in DC, as we conduct a special edition of SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE where we fuse our influences from our trip to Addis Ababa with our live performance.   For tickets and more info click here.

Ethiopia in Africa / T-Shirt

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Check out our “Ethiopia in Africa” T-shirt which is part of a series of product designed by @latenightgenius commemorating our SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia programming.  Get yours at here.

SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE at the American Center (Addis Ababa)

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Tonight we have the pleasure of performing for the opening of the Colonel John C. Robinson American Center in Addis (sponsored by the US Embassy Addis Ababa).  The center, a new multimedia space, is furnished with brand new laptops, tablets, and other technological resources, and will provide training in the technology space – from graphic design to coding.

SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia / African Union Recap

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Busy day.  Our 2nd workshop and performance that followed, at the African Union, was, by all accounts, a success.  We started off our day by being interviewed by a Hip-Hop themed radio show called The Breakfast Show.  From there we hustled to the African Union to conduct our 2nd workshop followed up by our SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE performance.

This was probably my favorite edition of SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE since we essentially brought DC to Addis.  The performance included: Wayna Wondwossen (our guide and a DC native by way of Addis Ababa), Ra Brown (a spoken word artist and MC who happened to be in Addis for the week), and Kenny Allen (a DC native who’s made a strong name for himself in Addis’ entertainment and fashion scenes for over ten years).

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SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia / Day 3

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Today was dope.  Got a chance to hit the African Jazz Village, which is a spot owned by the legendary Ethio-Jazz artist Mulatu Astake.  When Mulatu is in town, he’s known to drop-in and jam with the band and even though he’s out of town, we got a chance to enjoy the sounds of the house band led by Mulatu’s protege Jorga Mesfin.

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SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia / The African Union

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Tonight we’re conducting a special performance of SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE – DJ Edition at the African Union, which will include performances by Wayna Wondwossen, Kenny Allen, and Raquel Ra Brown.  We’re extremely proud to be apart of a new initiative that the African Union has developed called #TheAfricaWeWant – a program to catalyze social change and community within the member countries in the union.

SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia / Day 2

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Day 2 was a great look.  Part of our programming in Ethiopia consists of conducting workshops with and performances at the African Union (the African version of the European Union, representing every country on the continent) and today consisted of workshop one.  The focus of the workshops are to discuss the history of Hip-Hop as it relates to DJ culture and to discuss how music has been used as  a catalyst for awareness and social change.  In addition to the workshop we also got a chance to hang out with the homie K’Alyn who’s made a serious name of himself in Addis.

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