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Mahmou D Ahmed & Eit Her/Orchestra: Mahmou D Ahmed & Eit Her/Orchestra

It was perhaps inevitable that Either/Orchestra would someday collaborate with the great veteran Ethiopian vocalist Mahmoud Ahmed. The 10- piece E/O, though rooted in jazz, has never been tied to one stream of thought-Afro-Cuban percussion, rock drive, bop open-endedness and tightly wound funk all figure into its mix, and the group had already been fusing Ethiopian music with jazz elements for a few years when it was invited to play at the Ethiopian Music Festival in Addis Ababa in 2004 (the first American big band to appear in the country since Duke Ellington in 1973).

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