Yohannes Tona and Dibekulu Bring Ethio-Jazz to the Twin Cities

Yohannes Tona, an internationally-renowned bassist, has teamed up with vocalist Dibekulu to bring Ethio-Jazz to the Twin Cities. Ethio-Jazz will headline a show at the Green Room in Minneapolis on Friday, September 22.

Listen to the conversation below to hear how Yohannes discovered the sounds of Ethio-jazz–while also learning other styles of music–and discover how the Amharic scales of Ethiopia combine with Latin and jazz rhythms and harmonies to bring about a new sound, largely canonized by Mulatu Astatke.

This interview aired on The Afternoon Cruise 9/21/23


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