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GRAMMY Nominated, Ethiopian-American singer, WAYNA Pays Tribute to icon, BEZUNESH BEKELE

 

 

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

https://www.facebook.com/waynamusic/posts/10154769674313981


Singing with Stevie Wonder
https://www.facebook.com/waynamusic/videos/10154714600293981

June 9th Concert Info
https://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.event&eventID=47D40B1E-9915-6E4C-739D8F3319CD499A

 

Music video shot in Ethiopia.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gITgRVDR5_8

 

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.

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