VIDEO PREMIERE: AYALÈW MESFIN'S FIRST EVER EUROPEAN PERFORMANCE | Songlines
Friday, February 7, 2020

VIDEO PREMIERE: AYALÈW MESFIN'S FIRST EVER EUROPEAN PERFORMANCE

By Spencer Grady

Exclusive footage of Ayalèw Mesfin & Debo Band performing at Le Guess Who? in 2019

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Ayalèw Mesfin & Debo Band strutting their collective stuff (photo by Tim van Veen)

The music of legendary Ethiopian artist Ayalèw Mesfin pushed back vigorously against the dictatorial oppression that gripped his country in the 1970s and, like many of his contemporaries, he struggled against obscurity amid the political turmoil. After his music went unheard for over 40 years, Mesfin finally made his first ever European performance, last November, at Le Guess Who? in Utrecht. Check out the video below. 
 

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