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Debo Band

When: Fri., Dec. 6, 9 p.m. 2013

Led by the saxophone-playing son of Ethiopian refugees, Boston's Debo Band is certainly reverent to the shape-shifting soul-jazz-rock legacy of Addis Ababa and the indigenous traditions that helped shape it. Danny Mekkonen, that leader on tenor sax, studies it, and the band has made multiple collective trips to Africa both to perform and to learn. But there's a certain carefree quality to this hendectet, too, a decisive indecision about the best way to revivify decades-old music for audiences largely connected to it only through the thiopiques CD series. With accordion and dual violins, they add a Romany stomp-and-swivel. With a velvet-voiced singer, they add soul approachability, even in a foreign tongue. And with 11 members, they add the opportunity for this music to get free, to unfurl into unforeseen solos and shrieks. These elements push Debo Band past anachronism and into their own polyglot present. —Grayson Haver Currin

Price: $10-24

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