GRAMMY Nominated, Ethiopian-American singer, WAYNA Pays Tribute to icon, BEZUNESH BEKELE on US Channel 9 News and in concert
in Washington, DC Friday June 9th
DC-based singer performs classic Bezunesh Bekele on Great Day Washington and presents upcoming live performance in DC, featuring Selamino Woldemariam of ROHA and IBEX band.
May 22, 2017
GRAMMY-nominated Ethiopian-American artist Wayna performed a Bezunesh Bekele classic, “Mignoten ManYawkal” on American WUSA Channel 9 News and prepares for a concert of original music and a tribute to Wzo Bezunesh at Bethesda Blues and Jazz in Washington, DC, Friday June 9th, 2017 at 8:00pm.
“Along with Motown, Ethiopia has a rich history of soul music,” says Wayna, “one that reflects the culture and language I grew up with. Wzo Bezunesh inspires me with her sound, her bravery, and her glamour, and I want to celebrate that timeless legacy.
After completing a 2-month US Tour singing with American soul and Motown icon, STEVIE WONDER, Wayna traveled to Ethiopia to perform weekly at the Marriott Apartments in Addis Ababa, beginning on New Year’s Eve 2016. It was while there for 2 months that she studied the music and style of Ethiopian soul superstar, Bezunesh Bekele, known as “the Aretha Franklin of Ethiopia.”
Wayna’s performance on Channel 9, Great Day Washington
Music video shot in Ethiopia.
Wayna is a GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter, who was born in Ethiopia and raised in the suburbs of Washington, DC. She worked as a Writer for the Clinton White House before self-releasing three solo albums, garnering two Billboard-charting singles and a Grammy nomination in the R&B Best Urban Alternative category. Wayna has performed across the US and abroad. In 2015, she joined the iconic Stevie Wonder as a vocalist in his live band, touring extensively with the Songs In the Key of Life Tour and in various performances throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, and the UK.