Melaku Belay Fendika – Tickets – Constellation – Chicago, IL – June 25th, 2013
Melaku Belay Fendika

Melaku Belay Fendika

Tue, June 25, 2013

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


Chicago, IL

$12.00 - $15.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Melaku Belay Fendika - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Melaku Belay Fendika
a super-group of top traditional musicians and dancers from Ethiopia - returns for a summer 2013 US tour with their signature mix of authenticity and innovation. Fendika’s musicians and vocalists are rooted in the ancient azmari tradition of bardic minstrels, while the dancers draw deeply from the well of tradition, but also tap joyously into their natural creativity. The group features six performers – two dancers, a singer, and instruments including kebero drums, masenko (a one-stringed bowed fiddle), and krar (a five- or six-stringed lyre). Fendika leader Melaku Belay is the world’s foremost interpreter of eskista, a traditional Ethiopian trance dance of athletic shoulder movements that presage hip hop dance styles like breaking and popping. Fendika has performed across Europe in 2012 and 2013, after thrilling audiences on the East Coast during their first solo US tour in autumn 2012. “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, 8/13/2011
Venue Information:
3111 N. Western
Chicago, IL, 60618