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.
Meet Wayna, a highly notable Grammy nominated singer/songwriter who will be performing this Saturday at our SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE – The Ethiopia Edition live performance at Tropicalia. Wayna, who is of Ethiopian descent, was part of the team that traveled with us to Addis, and was hugely instrumental in the success that we had there.
How has your environment influenced your music?
It has given me the life experiences from which I draw the subject matter and values, which influence the music profoundly.
How do you feel about hip-hop culture and if you’re a fan, have you incorporated it into your music?
I became a fan, after working with so many hip-hop purists. I have incorporated in my work the storyteller style of writing, improvisation, and some poetic techniques.
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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.