QWANQWA

Live Act ethno-fusion
QWANQWA - ethno-fusion Live Act in Addis Ababa

QWANQWA Short Info

QWANQWA in Amharic means language. Music has long had the beloved nickname “The Universal Language”. It is the world’s mother tongue, understood by all, and has the reputation of bridging socio-economic groups and joining the young and old, and the new band, QWANQWA, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is named for this concept.

The music is characterized by tight arrangements, psychedelic sounds, extended experimental moments, and occasional audience sing-a-long sections. It is driving, powerful, and different than anything else coming out of Ethiopia at this current Golden Age of Ethiopian music. The live show ranges from intimate to wild, from whispery conversations to full blown rock show, and it is hard to believe these psychedelic sounds are coming from traditional harp and violin.

At its core, this band is instrumental, however, the list of guests and collaborations is long, including both beloved and famous singers such as Fikraddis, Habte Michael, Amelmal Abate, as well as Azmari singers Selamnesh Zemene, Ertibu Agengehu, and Etenesh Wassie. Qwanqwa also has invited the virtuoso masinqo player Endris Hassen, the father of washint Johannes Aferwork, Dawit Frew (Ethiopia’s foremost clarinetist).

Qwanqwa’s members’ combined experience in experimental music ensembles is part of what contributes to Qwanqwa’s unique sound.

QWANQWA in Amharic means language. Music has long had the beloved nickname “The Universal Language”. It is the world’s mother tongue, understood by all, and has the reputation of bridging socio-economic groups and joining the young and old, and the new band, QWANQWA, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is named for this concept.

The music is characterized by tight arrangements, psychedelic sounds, extended experimental moments, and occasional audience sing-a-long sections. It is driving, powerful, and different than anything else coming out of Ethiopia at this current Golden Age of Ethiopian music. The live show ranges from intimate to wild, ...

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Past Gigs QWANQWA

  • 06 | 2016 Denmark ROSKILDE FESTIVAL 2016

Discography QWANQWA

  • 2015 Volume Two Album | FPE Records
  • 2014 Volume One Album | FPE Records

Media

  • QWANQWA has no media connected.

Origin

  • Addis Ababa ET

Founded

  • 2002

Members

  • Kaethe Hostetter 5-string electric violin
  • Elias Wolde Mikael percussionist
  • Dawit Seyoum bass krar
  • Mesele Asmamaw lead electric krar