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Tezeta Band is the sound of nostalgia and sweaty soulful dance music. Part jazz, motown and Ethiopian folk music inspired by the 1960’s and 1970’s. Imagine an Arabic sounding Stax recording and John Coltrane merged into one sound, melting together in the clubs and lounges of Ethiopia.
The inspiration for the Tezeta Band is the Golden Age of Ethiopian Dance Music that produced legendary Ethiopian musicians such as Tilahoun Gessesse, Mahmoud Ahmed, Seyoum Gebreyes, Aleymeyehu Eshete, and Mulatu Astatke. These artists blended revolutionary sounds and ideas into a powerful Ethiopian soul sound.
Tezeta Band’s greatest moment came on New Year’s day 2010 and 2011 when they were twice able to perform with living legend, Mahmoud Ahmed in Portland, Oregon.
Tezeta Band consists of members of The Five Fingers of Funk Talbott Guthrie/drums, Ted Hille/ Saxophone, Tim Cook / Keyboards. Curt Bieker/Trombone & Josh Prewitt/ Trumpet, with the help of Brent Martens (From Asylum Street Spankers & currently Ural Thomas & The Pain), Bassist/Composer John Teagle and Percussionist Jim Fisher.
Since 2008, Tezeta Band has brought their high energy seven piece Ethio-Soul Revue to clubs across the Northwest, including The Woods, The White Eagle, Mississippi Studios and the Doug Fir lounge.