Anbessa Orchestra

Anbessa Orchestra

"No one does Ethio-Jazz quite like Anbessa Orchestra "

There’s probably a band in New York City for every sub-genre of music that exists out there — but lets be thankful, and let us jump and dance, because there is in fact a NY band making music inspired by the sounds of Addis Ababa in the 60s-70s. So-called Swinging Addis: When American jazz and James Brown-style funk rocketed through the clubs, combining with Ethiopia’s own exotic scales and rhythms to produce the golden age of Ethiopian music. Ethiopian Groove is entirely its own kind of jazz-funk thing, and Anbessa approaches it with reverence and creativity; their original compositions pay homage to the genre rather than plagiarizing it. Their retro-African vibe is flecked with curious inspirations ranging from surf rock to reggae, Balkan to the middle-east. They’ve had the distinct honor of playing the past couple of New Years Eve parties in the Barbès back-room.

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What's with the statue?

“José Gregorio has been our mascot and protector for now 10 years,” said Olivier Conan, “Someone stole the bust. We don’t think it’s funny.”
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