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Mesgana Ethiopia

Bill Laswell, Hamid Drake, Dominic Kanza, Peter Apfelbaum, Steve Bernstein

GIGI: One of Ethiopia's most gifted superstars. Six CD's released so far. 2 in Ethiopia, 1 in Europe and 3 for Palm Pictures. Her 1st US release, "GIGI", received much critical acclaim and strongly established her as a new force in the world music arena and beyond. It featured dynamic production as well as a diverse cast of musicians from around the world, including Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Pharoah Sanders, Karsh Kale and more. Aside from her own concerts and film scores she has performed live and in the studio with - Tabla Beat Science (Zakir Hussain, Sultan Khan and others), Herbie Hancock, Nils Petter Molvaer, Method of Defiance and Jah Wobble. A unique and original voice.

Bill Laswell: Material founder, legendary bassist, producer, reconstructionist, inventor of Herbie Hancock's mega-hit "Rickit", creator of the first and only landmark full album remix-constructions of the music of Bob Marley, Miles Davis & Carlos Santana, cofounder of the Axiom label with Chris Blackwell, veteran of over 700 recordings to date with artists as diverse as George Clinton,

Mesgana Ethiopia Akrika Bambaataa, Mick Jagger, William S. Burroughs, Matisyahu, John Zorn, the Dalai Lama, John Lydon, Yoko Ono, The Last Poets, Tony Williams and many many more from the Americas, Africa, The Caribbean, Europe, The Middle East, China and Japan.

Keyboardist Abegasu Shiota: born in Japan - raised in Ethiopia - acclaimed producer/arranger of Ethiopian pop culture, has worked with almost all the important artists in Ethiopia, including Aster Aweke and the great Mahmoud Ahmed.

Master drummer Hamid Drake: Americas most valuable Avant-Jazz - World/Beat percussionist has worked with Pharoah Sanders, David Murray, Don Cherry, Yusef Lateef, Anthony Braxton, AACM and many more.

Aiyb Dieng: from Senegal. Easily the most widely recorded African percussionist. Herbie Hancock, Brian Eno, Manu Dibango, Ginger Baker, Toure Kunda, Sly & Robbie and more.

Dominick James: Post Modern African guitarist born in Zaire, raised in London, master of many advanced styles, has played with Angelique Kidjo, Paul Simon, Papa Wemba and others.

And featuring 2 world reknown guest musicians: Steven Bernstein on trumpet & slide trumpet and Peter Apfelbaum on tenor saxophone / flute / percussion. Both are composers, arrangers and world class band leaders in their own right.

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