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Fendika (Uncredited)

Fendika

Fendika MELAKU BELAY, DanceZINASH TSEGAYE, DanceMISALE LEGESSE, Kebero DrumsSELESHE DAMASSAE, KrarENDRIS HASSEN, MasenkoNARDOS TESFAW, Vocals Fendika, a troupe of the most accomplished azmari musicians and dancers from Addis Ababa, draws deeply from the well of Ethiopia’s bardic tradition while adding creative movements and sounds that revitalize their ancient artistic forms. Fendika features six performers – two dancers, a singer, and instruments including kebero drums, masenko (a one-stringed bowed fiddle), and krar (a five- or six-stringed lyre). Founded in 2009 by Melaku Belay, Ethiopia’s leading dancer and a respected cultural ambassador, the ensemble is based at Melaku’s famous music club, Fendika Azmari Bet, in the Kazanchis neighborhood of Addis Ababa.  In Ethiopian culture, an azmari bet is a traditional house of music where people come to be entertained, informed, and sometimes playfully insulted by the azmari who serve as current events commentators while they dance, sing, and play for tips. Melaku is the world’s foremost interpreter of eskista, a traditional Ethiopian trance dance of athletic shoulder movements that presage hip hop movements of breaking and popping.

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Fendika 10/11/12: Fendika

The group presents a performance of traditional Ethiopian dance and music.

Fendika

The group presents a performance of traditional Ethiopian dance and music.
Debo Band / Fendika 8/8/11: Debo Band / Fendika

Debo Band performs unique interpretations of classic Ethiopian pop music by combining vintage 1970s with contemporary sounds. Special guest Fendika features a female vocalist, a dance duo, and a traditional goat-skin drummer. Part of the Millennium Stage Happy Hour Series. With drink specials from 5:30 to 8 p.m., patrons can purchase a cold libation from the bar while mingling, dancing, and enjoying a wide range of music.

Debo Band / Fendika

Debo Band performs unique interpretations of classic Ethiopian pop music by combining vintage 1970s with contemporary sounds. Special guest Fendika features a female vocalist, a dance duo, and a traditional goat-skin drummer. Part of the Millennium Stage Happy Hour Series. With drink specials from 5:30 to 8 p.m., patrons can purchase a cold libation from the bar while mingling, dancing, and enjoying a wide range of music.

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