Plan 9 Music and Hardywood just announced that they’re bringing Ethiopian music legend Girma Beyene to Hardywood Park Craft Brewery this Saturday, Nov. 5 for a special free concert at 3:30 p.m.
Girma Beyene is one of the few remaining artists of the “Swinging Addis” scene, described by many as the ‘Golden Age’ of Ethiopian music of the 1960’s and 1970’s, “which combined African rhythms with American R&B, soul, funk, and big band jazz.”
Girma Beyene will be accompanied by Washington, D.C.’s Feedel Band, which played the Richmond Folk Festival in 2015. .
“Girma Beyene is one of the most influential Ethiopian musicians from the ‘Golden Age’ of the 1960’s and 1970’s,” Multliflora Productions, the booking agent, wrote in a statement along with the release. “Beyene made a handful of recordings as a vocalist, but it was as an arranger, pianist, and composer that he made his mark.”
His best known hit song is “Enken Yelelebish/Ene Negne By Manesh,” which has been redone many times by other artists. Beyene is credited with having arranged close to 65 titles.