Gogol Bordello’s Ethiopian Bassist Steps Up Front By Uzy Igweatu With established success as bass player for gypsy punk group, Gogol Bordello, Tommy T has struck out on his own with his first solo album, The Prester John Sessions. Born and raised in Addis Abada, Ethiopia, Tommy T has pulled from the many musical influences of his birthplace to bring us an impressive debut album and a closer look into [...]
Rollicking gypsy funk collective Gogol Bordello has riled crowds with its freewheeling energy and crackpot on-stage antics. Now Ethiopian bassist Tommy T Gobena has struck out on his own for his rich, funk-laden solo debut, The Prester John Sessions. Inspired by the ancient legend of Prester John, an Ethopian king whose wealthy domain sparked centuries-long searches for his kingdom, The Prester John Sessions is a heady brew of steamy jazz, [...]
Ethiopian Grammy-nominated, DC-based songstress Wayna will rock the chocolate city with a show at Zanzibar on Friday, November 20th featuring fellow East African and DC star, Tabi Bonney. Check out the details after the jump.