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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

SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia / Panelist: Tewodross Melchishua

TEO_ColorMeet Tewodross “Teo” Melchishua (pronounced Tee-oh-droze Mell-keshu-ah) one of the panelists on our discussion this Sunday.  Teo serves as an associate professor and program coordinator of visual communication and digital media arts program (VCDMA) and teaches courses in animation, motion graphics, cinematography, new media, hip-hop studies and contemporary (underground) art/design. Teo also works this through his film and digital media studio collective Visual Jazz, located in the Art Lives Here Business Incubator, in Mount Rainier, just in the Gateway Arts district of Prince George’s County.

Teo is a filmmaker, animator, visual artist, VJ, projection designer, educator and curator from Prince George’s County, Maryland, who received his BA in Art/Photographic Media from Morgan State University, and an MFA in Imaging & Digital Arts from UMBC.

His visual art, animation and films have been shown to audiences nationally and internationally.

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SHAOLIN JAZZ in Ethiopia / Panelist: Wayna

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Meet Wayna, an Ethiopian born Grammy nominated signer songwriter who’s worked with legends such as Stevie Wonder.  Wayna will be one of the panelists on our discussion on July 17th, 5-7pm at Busboys and Poets’ K Street #location.  To learn more about Wayna and to listen to her music click here.

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.

CULTURE SCIENCE STUDIO.com – Launch Party / Recap

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Nothing but good times at the launch party for CULTURE SCIENCE STUDIOS.  Props to all of those who attended, thank you to Reggie and Mo (1920DC) for allowing us to conduct our launch during their Friday night event (No Rules Fridays), big shout to everyone that helped to promote our event, and salute to Baked Beans Bakery for providing complimentary gourmet deserts.  Please continue to visit www.culturesciencestudio.com as we fill out the site and for more recap pics click Read the rest of this entry

SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE / The Ethiopia Edition / Recap

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Our most recent SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE performance at Tropicalia, where we fused our musical influences from our trip to Ethiopia, was our best SHAOLIN JAZZ L!VE performance (to date) and most definitely ranks up there as one of our top SHAOLIN JAZZ events, period.  I can’t front, there were some elements of our production that we were late in cementing, but MAN did things work out!

Thanks to all of those who attended, props to Tropicalia for hosting us, salute to everyone that performed – giving the show the diversity and flavor that we were looking to create: Sound of the City, Wayna, Asheru and Rock, and Ras Nebyu and special thanks to everyone who helped to promote our show.  For more recap photos click Read the rest of this entry

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 / Wayna

 

Untitled-1Meet 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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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.