October 7, 2017 – Dexter Story Remixed by Mark de Clive-Lowe @ Eagle Rock Music Festival – Eagle Rock, CA

Dexter Story and Mark de Clive-Lowe team up for a live remix of Dexter Story’s past music releases on Saturday, October 7 at Eagle Rock Music Festival. de Clive-Lowe will take the stage interpretations by the band and process them to create something new and exciting.

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September 30, 2016 – New 7″ Single Release: “Wejene Aola” Featuring Kamasi Washington – Soundway Records, Worldwide

Dexter Story drops a new 7″ vinyl single on Soundway Records entitled “Wejene Aola” featuring Kamasi Washington. The song was originally sung by Ethiopian legend Tilahun Gessesse and released on cassette in the 1970’s. Story’s version is in tribute to the resilient Oromo ethnic group and includes “Eastern Prayer” featuring Nia Andrews on the b-side.


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August 19, 2016 – Anne Litt + Edible Gardens LA Present ‘Music in the Garden’ featuring Dexter Story & Wondem Live – Natural History Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story and his East Africa-influenced group Wondem perform live at Music in the Garden at the Natural History Museum on Friday, August 19. KCRW’s Anne Litt and Edible Gardens curate this special event.NHM Garden WondemScreen Shot 2016-08-11 at 1.28.07 AM

The band includes:

Alan Lightner
Etsegenet Makonnen
Khalil Cummings
Kibrom Birhane
Michael McTaggart
Randal Fisher
Te’Amir Sweeney
Dexter Story

Dexter Story and Wondem Live
@ Anne Litt + Edible Gardens Present
Music in the Garden
(Summer Nights in the Garden)
Friday August 19, 2016
Natural History Museum

RSVP @ nhm.org.

August 14, 2016 – Spaceland and Rum & Humble Present King Sunny Adé Live w/ Opening Band: Dexter Story & Wondem – The Regent Theatre, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story & Wondem perform opening set for septuagenarian African legend King Sunny Adé live at the Regent Theatre on Sunday, August 14. The event is produced by Spaceland and Rum & Humble.King Sunny Adé The Regent13331028_1918234255069747_7231699013138194537_n

Spaceland Presents and Rum & Humble Present…

King Sunny Ade at The Regent

TIX ON SALE NOW: bit.ly/SunnyRegent

Sunday, August 14th, 2016
The Regent – DTLA
448 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA
8:00 pm
King Sunny Ade:
Since the evolution of juju music in Nigeria in the thirties no exponent has made a more lasting impact in the genre than King Sunny Ade. As a singer, composer and guitarist, he has succeeded over the years in taking this Nigerian social music type to international heights.

Ade came on the scene in 1966 following his induction as a samba player in a small group led by showman and comedian Baba Sala, known in real life as Moses Olaiya. And with his own ten piece band, the Green Spots, Ade made his first record in 1967, playing the guitar solos himself. He however, blazed into prominence a year after with a hit single in praise of Stationery Stores football club which carved him a gold disc as a result of its massive sales. Since then Ade has been in the limelight.

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May 15, 2016 – Dexter Story & Wondem Live at Joshua Tree Music Festival – Joshua Tree, Ca

Dexter Story and Wondem perform live at this year’s 14th Annual Spring Joshua Tree Music Festival on Sunday, May 15, 2016. Other featured artists include Dumstaphunk, DakhaBrahka and Dam Funk.
The Joshua Tree Music Festivals are produced by a family of friends and funsters convinced that music is the soul of life, and that art enriches and saves lives.
That experience is enhanced when embraced in the great outdoors amongst fellow music lovers. Better still in an intimate setting, where the distinction between artist and audience is blurred, and a passionate performance can be truly relished in close proximity to the stage. Add FREE water to patrons, no service charges on reasonably priced tickets, and well … let the games begin.

Dexter Story & Wondem Live
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Time TBD
Joshua Tree Music Festival


April 16, 2016 – KCRW Presents Mbongwana Star with opening set by Wondem – The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA

Dexter Story & Wondem open for Mbongwana Star at The Roxy Theatre on Saturday, April 16. Mbongwana Star is a band from Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Of the seven members of the band, two of them were among the founding members of Staff Benda Bilili.1410047123-venue-roxyScreen Shot 2016-03-02 at 4.43.55 PMWondem Live opening for
KCRW Presents Mbongwana Star
Saturday, April 16, 2016
The Roxy Theatre
9009 West Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90000





February 26, 2016 – Metro Arts Presents Dexter Story & Wondem Live – Waiting Room, Union Station, Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story & Wondem perform live in the beautiful waiting room of Los Angeles’ Union Station on Friday, February 26. The free late afternoon concert will feature selections from Dexter Story’s recent Soundway Records release ‪#‎Wondem‬ as well as new original compositions.Screen Shot 2016-02-19 at 10.51.24 AM
On Friday, February 26, the Wondem ensemble will proudly feature the following musicians in the Union Station main waiting room:

Etsegenet Mekonnen – Bass, Vocals
Kibrom Birhane – Keys, Vocals, Massinqo
Mike McTaggart – Guitar 
Randal Fisher – Tenor Saxophone, Flute
Te’Amir Yohannes Sweeney – Drums, Percussion
Dexter Story – Keys, Guitar, Vocals

Metro Arts Presents Dexter Story & Wondem Live
Friday, February 26, 2016
2 sets
Union Station Los Angeles
800 N. Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012


January 28, 2016 – Dexter Story & Wondem Live – Del Monte Speakeasy, Venice, CA

Dexter Story and Wondem band perform live in Venice at the Del Monte Speakeasy on Thursday, January 28, 2016. The repertoire will be music from the recently released Soundway Records album #Wondem.

Thursday, January 28

The band:

Drums: Te’Amir Sweeney
Percussion: Kahlil Cummings
Percussion: Carlos Niño
Bass: Brandon Eugene Owens
Guitar: Michael McTaggart
Keys: Mark de Clive-Lowe
Tenor Saxophone: Randal Fisher
Trumpet: Todd M. Simon
Vocals: Dustin Warren


Join us for a special 2016 Westside live performance at the Del Monte Speakeasy featuring music from the Soundway Records album inspired by East African sounds. With a special opening set by Ras G (The Afrikan Space Program / Brainfeeder)

Plus DJ sets by Mathieu “Mr. French” Schreyer (KCRW)

9pm / 21+ / $10

The Del Monte Speakeasy
@ The Townhouse
52 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291
*Celebrating Timkat and Aquarians worldwide

Like the Facebook page for more information and updates: https://www.facebook.com/wondemmusic/

TRACK FEATURE: Dexter Story and Wondem Track “Sinesrat” Featured on Paris DJ’s Soundsystem – A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand – Tropical Grooves & Afrofunk International Vol. 5 (Digital Compilation, Paris DJ’s)

Dexter Story & Wondem Track “Sinesrat” featured on Paris DJ’s Soundsystem – A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand – Tropical Grooves & Afrofunk International Vol. 5 (Digital Compilation, Paris DJ’s). Sinesrat, meaning etiquette or couth in Amharic, is an instrumental written, performed and produced by Dexter Story. The track features Richard Grant on trumpet, Randal Fisher on flute, Damon Aaron on guitar, Te’Amir Sweeney on additional drums and Alan Lightner on steel pan. Release Date: May 20, 2014.


Calling all intergalactic Afro-funk cosmonauts and tropical grooves aficionados !! After exploring GOODNESS, FIRE, WARRIOR and ELECTRIC themes, Paris DJs felt it was time to concentrate their research on the UNITY concept, on the global cultural unity that is expressed through all strands of groovy, funky, psychedelic and moving afrofunk, afrobeat, ethio-jazz, highlife, afrojazz, afrosoul, Carribean Funk and other Tropical Grooves to be found on this planet today.

Tracklisting :
01 Franck Biyong & The Diamane Bantu Messengers – Ambom / Cameroon-France
02. Jujjumusic feat. Emmanuel Pi Djob – We Shall Overcome / France-Cameroon *
03. Lord Echo – A Straight Version of Terabu / New-Zealand *
04. Jungle Fire – Tokuta (Grant Phabao Remix) / USA-France
05. London Afrobeat Collective – Prime Minister / UK
06. The Afrobiotics – What Goes Around / Australia *
07. The Brand New Life – Bara Mbaye / USA-Senegal
08. Gato Loco – Cumbia Call / USA *
09. Ginferno – Erta Ale / Spain
10. Dexter Story & Wondem – Sinesrat / USA *
11. The Cactus Channel – Jorge Buccio / Australia
12. Shogun Orchestra – Black Lotus / New Zealand
13. Kaveri Special – Hei Suomenmaa / Finland
14. Jessie Evans – Evalution feat. Jimi Tenor + Machete Horns / Germany
* unreleased tracks