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Ethiopian pop risers Debo Band returns home to expand horizons
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When Harvard-educated ethnomusicologist Danny Mekonnen began an Ethiopian pop-inspired group at 25, he knew that he wanted the music to appeal to all audiences — inclusive of both the do-it-yourself punk scene in Boston and jazz fans alike. Eight years later, after gigging at art spaces in Jamaica Plain, rock clubs in Boston, folk festivals across the US, Bonnaroo, and performances in Ethiopia, Debo Band returns to its roots. The 11-piece band begins a four-week residency at Cambridge’s Lizard Lounge on Thursday night to iron out material for a follow-up to its NPR-acclaimed, self-titled 2012 debut. More