Join Joshua Chamberlain as he interviews the amazing roots reggae band this week on THE LISTENING PARTY #24. The Listening Party airs on Sundays on BigUpRadio's Dancehall station. Noah and Medhane Teowolde are two Ethiopoian brothers who formed the harmony group, Nazarenes, in the mid-90s after moving to Sweden. The Nazarenes broke out with a Heartbeat/Rounder release, called Songs Of Life in 2004, before teaming up with I Grade Records for their new album, Meditation (2012). The new album draws on the Tewolde brothers’ time growing up in East Africa and subsequent years spent as professional musicians in Europe as well as personal experiences with the Caribbean culture their music is based on.
The Nazarenes are an Ethiopian roots reggae duo consisting of brothers Medhane Tewolde and Noah Isac Tewolde, both of whom are skilled singers, writers, arrangers, and producers. The brothers grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the 1970s. Medhane received his first guitar when he was 12 years old, and the musical course for the brothers was set, with Noah eventually taking up the bass. Both ended up playing in various bands in Europe, making Sweden their home base. Medhane toured widely in the mid-'90s, working in the road groups of Zqulah, Mama Booker, and Culture Knox, while Noah landed a record deal with Virgin Records in 1992, eventually releasing three singles and an album with Virgin under the name Anbessa. The brothers reunited musically in 1996, and began calling themselves the Nazarenes, releasing their debut album, Orit, in 2001 on Insteel Sounds. A concept album, Songs of Life, was released in Europe by Heartbeat Records in 2004 and was reissued a year later in the U.S. by Rounder Records. Displaying a firm grounding in classic roots reggae, the brothers' skilled writing and arranging skills give them an added pop dimension, and with an Ethiopian background, they were one of the most unique groups to hit the reggae scene in years. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi
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