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Melaku Belay Fendika

June 25, 2013 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$12 - $15

Melaku Belay Fendika – a super-group of top traditional musicians and dancers from Ethiopia – returns for a summer 2013 US tour with their signature mix of authenticity and innovation. Fendika’s musicians and vocalists are rooted in the ancient azmari tradition of bardic minstrels, while the dancers draw deeply from the well of tradition, but also tap joyously into their natural creativity.

The group 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). Fendika leader Melaku Belay is the world’s foremost interpreter of eskista, a traditional Ethiopian trance dance of athletic shoulder movements that presage hip hop dance styles like breaking and popping.


June 25, 2013
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$12 - $15
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3111 N. Western Av
Chicago, IL United States

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