Since 1997 the Éthiopiques series has made Ethiopian music a hipster obsession, exposing jazz heads and rockists to the jazzy funkiness that emanated from East Africa in the ’60s and ’70s. (Never heard of the collection? You may have heard songs from Volume 4—there are now 28 volumes in total—in Jim Jarmusch’s 2005 film Broken Flowers.) Tonight, local listeners get a chance to hear a sliver of those tunes live in a performance by D.C.’s The Feedel Band. The group features saxophonist Moges Habte, who was born in Addis Ababa, and can be heard performing the funky James Brown Band-influenced cut “Muziqawi Silt” on Éthiopiques’ Volume 13 with his ’70s group The Walias Band. One of Feedel Band’s new pieces seems too comfortable with bland jazz fusion, but other tracks merge ’60s R&B and jazz with traditional Ethiopian songcraft.
The Feedel Band performs with DJ Tommy T at 8 p.m. at Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 629-4535. tropicaliadc.com.