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Global Sounds on the Hill: Fendika from Addis Ababa
Tuesday, October 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hill Center is thrilled to welcome Fendika as part of our Global Sounds series. The performance will feature eskista, a traditional Ethiopian trance dance of athletic shoulder movements, as well as dance traditions from the highlands of Ethiopia, the Somali region, and from the Gurage, Wolaita, and Konso traditions.
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.
Group leader and dancer Melaku Belay is passionately committed to the preservation and development of traditional culture. Fendika features seven performers – two dancers, two singers, and instruments including kebero drums, masenko (a one-stringed bowed fiddle), and krar (a five- or six-stringed lyre). Founded in 2009, the ensemble is based at Melaku’s renowned 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.
This concert is co-presented by Multiflora Productions’ annual month-long DIY global music festival “Flash of the Spirit” that happens across multiple venues in Washington, DC during the month of October. Its mission is to present emerging and remarkable international musicians from abroad as well as local musicians from our diverse immigrant communities to celebrate their stories, heritage, and cultures through their music.