News: Wejene Aola featuring Kamasi Washington Makes Top 10 – Vinyl Factory (

Dexter Story’s “Wejene Aola” 7″ release makes Vinyl Factory’s top 10 list for 2016.

4. Dexter Story ft. Kamasi Washington

Wejene Aola


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An Ethio-funk bomb from Dexter Story, whose cover Tilahun Gessesse’s 1970 ‘Wejene Aola‘ is a homage to the oppressed Oromo people of southern Ethiopia and a testament to just how contemporary the country’s verdant ‘70s music scene still sounds. Taken from the brilliant Wondem album, Story is joined by spiritual jazz messenger Kamasi Washington, who blows a riot all over the new arrangement, his rasping, honking sax proving he can funk with the best of them. The b-side features the only track not to make the vinyl pressing of the LP, the dream-like ‘Eastern Prayer’, a spiritual antidote to the hedonism of ‘Wejene Aola’ carried by the meditational chants of vocalist Nia Andrews. A unique 7” from a label whose consistent reissue output is now being matched by some stellar new music.


August 28, 2014 – Ethio Cali Live – Fifty Seven, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Playing multi-instruments and arranging with Ethio Cali Ensemble at Fifty Seven on Thursday, August 28. This night will feature covers from the all over the African continent. DJ Boss Harmony is on the ones and twos.

The band features:

Todd M. Simon – trumpet / bandleader
Sonny Abegaze – vibes
Dexter Story – drums, guitar, keys, percussion
Michael McTaggart – guitar
Mark de Clive-Lowe – keys
Patrick Bailey – bass
Randal Fisher – tenor saxophone
Kamasi Washington – tenor saxophone
Steve Haney – percussion
Te’Amir Sweeney – drums


Ethio Cali Live
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Fifty Seven
712 South Santa Fe Avenue
Downtown LA, CA 90021