Boston University College of Fine Arts Welcomes FENDIKA

in CFA, Music
October 9th, 2012

CFA’s School of Music launches Global Music Lunchtime Concert Series with performance by Ethiopian ‘azmari’ music and dance troupe — Wednesday, October 10, 12:00pm

Boston, MA – The School of Music at the College of Fine Arts (CFA) at Boston University is excited to welcome Ethiopian azmari music and dance troupe, FENDIKA with special guests from Debo Band, as the first concert in CFA’s Global Music Lunchtime Concert Series.

FENDIKA: Folkloric and Popular Music & Dance from Ethiopia
Featuring special guests from Debo Band
Date and Time: Wednesday, October 10, 12pm
Location: CFA Concert Hall, 855 Commonwealth Ave., 1st Floor
All Global Music Lunchtime Concerts are Free and Open to the Public

“It’s such a rare and special opportunity to have FENDIKA perform at BU,” says Mariè Abe, Assistant Professor of Musicicology and Ethnomusicology at the College of Fine Arts at Boston University. “We are thankful to CFA, the Department of Musicology & Ethnomusicology, and the African Studies Center, for helping us bring diverse musical practices from all over the world to our campus, and to share these traditions with the BU and Boston arts community.”

FENDIKA, a troupe of the most accomplished azmari musicians and dancers from Addis Adaba, Ethiopia, mesmerizes audiences with resonant vocal chants, vibrant stringed instruments, spirited drum rhythms, and spectacular dancing. While drawing deeply from the well of Ethiopia’s diverse musical traditions, FENDIKA’s creative performance style adds innovative movements and sounds that revitalize the ancient artistic forms.

FENDIKA was founded in 2009 by Melaku Belay, the world’s foremost interpreter of eskista — a traditional Ethiopian trance dance of athletic shoulder movements that presage hip hop movements of breaking and popping. FENDIKA has toured across the U.S. and Europe, thrilling audiences around the world.

“The rhythmic virtuosity of Melaku was often astounding. He can turn either the upper or lower body into an electrifying vehicle of rapid pulsation…Simply to see him sway his body to the music was a marvel: the angle of his out-held elbows, the pliancy of his spine, the rhythmic point of those shoulders all made their sensuous contributions. A happily superlative artist.”
— Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, 8/12/11.

About FENDIKA
FENDIKA, a troupe of the most accomplished azmari musicians and dancers from across Ethiopia, mesmerizes audiences with resonant vocal chants, vibrant stringed instruments, spirited drum rhythms, and spectacular dancing. The troupe was founded in 2009 by Melaku Belay, the world’s foremost interpreter of eskista — a traditional Ethiopian trance dance of athletic shoulder movements that presage hip hop movements of breaking and popping. Growing up as a street kid, Melaku has traveled throughout Ethiopia to learn the dance traditions of the country’s 80 tribal groups. While drawing deeply from the well of Ethiopia’s diverse musical traditions, FENDIKA’s creative performance style adds innovative movements and sounds that revitalize the ancient artistic forms. They have toured across the U.S. and Europe in 2011 to much acclaim.

About the Global Music Lunchtime Concert Series
The Global Music Lunchtime Concert Series, organized by the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at the College of Fine Arts at Boston University, showcases musicians, dancers, and performing artists from non-Western traditions. The series aims to provide students and faculty with opportunities to explore diverse musical practices from the world over. Accompanied by lectures or workshops whenever possible, this concert series will offer the audience intellectual insights and hands-on experiences in selected performing arts from various parts of the globe.

Institutional Biography
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission. The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.

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