Fendika is a troupe of highly-accomplished azmari musicians and dancers from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The group draws deeply from the well of Ethiopia’s rich bardic tradition while adding creative movements and sounds that revitalize the ancient artistic forms.
Fendika is made up of six performers, including two dancers and a singer, and features authentic instruments including kebero drums, masenko (a one-stringed bowed fiddle), and krar (a five- or six-stringed lyre).
Founded in 2009 by Melaku Belay, a leading dancer and respected cultural ambassador, the ensemble is based at Melaku’s famous music club Fendika Azmari Bet in the Kazanchis neighborhood of Addis Ababa.
Melaku is the world’s foremost interpreter of eskista, a traditional Ethiopian trance dance of athletic shoulder movements that presage hip hop movements of breaking and popping.
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