QWANQWA New Album + WOMEX 2017 Showcase!

Qwanqwa needs your help to finish our 3rd album, and for getting us to Poland for our showcase at WOMEX-17!

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Welcome to world of QWANQWA!

Music has long had the beloved nickname “The Universal Language”. It is the world’s mother tongue, understood by all.

Qwanqwa is comprised of 4 of the finest Ethiopian traditional instrumentalists, and Kaethe (who has been living in Ethiopia and working with Ethiopians musicians since she first set foot in 2009). It’s been called a supergroup of master virtuosos, holders of tradition, brought together by a spirit of experimentalism.

The group was formed 6 years ago, and has been steadily growing, performing and recording in Addis while honing it’s unique sound. Now, with our third album, we as Qwanqwa present our takeon a forgotten melody of the Blen tribe of Eritrea, a muscly version of a Gurage melody, as well as an epic wedding medley on side B. This album stands out as a contribution to the canon of modern Ethiopian music is notable. The sound is a summation of the stories of each of the members, their rich and varied backgrounds, and is inspired by the music of remote cultures in the region, and draws on the creativity and expression of the musicians. You will love Endris’s swirling masinko melodies, Mesele’s punk Krar solos, Kaethe’s wah-violin, all held together with Misale’s heavy goat skin drum beats.

We brought Shahzad Ismaily (of figure8 studio in Brooklyn, extensive performing credits) to Addis for an intensive 3 days in Addis’s best studio, Langano Studio. Mixing was done in New York with Shahzad, with mastering by Sarah Register, acclaimed for her mastering and for her group Talk Normal. With this all star team, we are proud to present this music to the world.

An additional opportunity has been given to us: Qwanqwa has been selected to perform a showcase concert at this year’s WOMEX World Music Expo) in Poland, to take place this coming October. WOMEX is the largest gathering of professionals in the world music community and is known to both launch and augment the careers of anyone chosen for their showcase. At WOMEX, we are sure to establish contacts with festival organizers, talk with managers, link with booking agents, introduce our work to a specialized and influential audience of professionals. This is the one time of year that all the people in the industry meet, and is an effective way to move up in our touring career.

This prestigious showcase invitation, along with the album, perches Qwanqwa at a point with lots of possibilities. We need your help to make the best of this moment of opportunity. Until now, we have done everything ourselves. But in order to make the best of these synchronicities, we need to bring our supporters together.

Some of funds we raise will be used to cover international flights, lodgings, food, and incidentals while we are in Poland, promotional materials to give to people in he industry, as well as visa fees, and anything else that gets us there. Part of the funds will be used to pay for the mixing and mastering of the album, as well as the artwork and graphic design of the album.

Join us on this journey!

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AccessPass: 'Volume 3' Download

'Volume 3' Download
$10
10.00
Available

QWANQWA Volume 3: Five long compositions and one 18 minute wedding medley. A psychedelic experience brought to you by traditional Ethiopian instruments.

'QWANQWA Volume 3' Signed CD

'QWANQWA Volume 3' Signed CD
$25
25.00
Available

The new album on signed CD.

Painted Violin Case by Kaethe

Painted Violin Case by Kaethe
$500
500.00
3 left

Kaethe will take a vintage wooden violin case and custom paint it for you. Very stylish!

Hand-made men's shirt

Hand-made men's shirt
$250
250.00
Available

Hand-made men’s shirt from Kaethe’s emerging clothing line -- WUZZAWAZZEE

These shirts are soft, breezy, made from rayon found in the eastern town of Diredawa. The buttons are. They are short sleeve button down shirts, with beautiful prints. Each one is a limited edition items.

Hand-made baby blanket

Hand-made baby blanket
$125
125.00
All gone!

These exquisitely fluffy baby blankets are part of the WUZZAWAZZEE line by Kaethe.

It’s very finely hand-woven Axumite (northern Ethiopia) fabric with detailing by Kaethe.

Machine-washable

Hand-made dress

Hand-made dress
$400
400.00
4 left

Choose from 3 types of dresses:
S/M/L

From WUZZAWAZZEE designs

Full catalogue- CD version

Full catalogue- CD version
$40
40.00
Available

Qwanqwa Volume 1 (cassette)
Qwanqwa Volume 2 (CD)
Qwanqwa Volume 3 (CD)

Full catalogue- Vinyl Version

Full catalogue- Vinyl Version
$50
50.00
Available

Qwanqwa Volume 1 (cassette)
Qwanqwa Volume 2 (vinyl)
Qwanqwa Volume 3 (vinyl)

Qwanqwa Volume 3 + live WOMEX show

Qwanqwa Volume 3 + live WOMEX show
$50
50.00
Available

The new album + a download of our show at WOMEX

30 minute Skype lesson

30 minute Skype lesson
$100
100.00
Available

Skype music lesson with any of the Qwanqwa band members.

One of a kind- SCARVES

One of a kind- SCARVES
$175
175.00
2 left

These beautiful scarves are super limited edition. Carefully chosen by Kaethe on her adventures in Ethiopia, each of these scarves are one of a kind. Pictured is just one, but each scarf is completely different

Executive Producer Credit

Executive Producer Credit
$1,000
1000.00
5 left

Your name will appear as an Executive Producer in the liner notes of the new album.

Ubuntu Rising Private Show

Ubuntu Rising Private Show
$1,000
1000.00
Available

Band Leader Kaethe Hostetter will perform her solo violin works at an event of your choice. This is music she composed inspired by her time in Ethiopia, a personal narrative, enveloping the listeners in the characters, the sounds and experiences of Ethiopia from Kaethe’s perspective

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