News: Wejene Aola featuring Kamasi Washington Makes Top 10 – Vinyl Factory (thevinylfactory.com)

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

4. Dexter Story ft. Kamasi Washington

Wejene Aola

(Soundway)

Listen / Buy

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.

http://thevinylfactory.com/features/the-20-best-7s-of-2016/

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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Purchase here:
https://www.soundwayrecords.com/Shop/DownloadDetails?rid=SWR_RE_114

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.
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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

http://joshuatreemusicfestival.com/index.html

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
4-6pm
2 sets
Union Station Los Angeles
800 N. Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

https://www.facebook.com/events/483174251879922/

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.
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Thursday, January 28
DEXTER STORY & WONDEM BAND (LIVE)

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

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

October 23, 2015 – Wondem Album Release – Soundway Records, Worldwide

Dexter Story releases East Africa-influenced #Wondem album on Soundway Records worldwide on Friday, October 23. The album is produced by Life Force Trio cohorts Dexter Story and Carlos Niño, and features guests Miguel-Atwood Ferguson, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Nia Andrews, Damon Aaron, Godfrey at Large, Yared Teshale and others.

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Friday, October 23, 2015
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Buy your copy here.

https://www.soundwayrecords.com/Shop/PhysicalDetails?pid=SWR_PH_147

FEATURE: The Quietus Spotlights ‘Wondem’ – thequietus.com

‘Wondem’ is featured and reviewed on comprehensive music website The Quietus by Christian Eede. Click here.

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http://thequietus.com/articles/19016-listen-funk-from-dexter-story

Preorder the album here.

https://www.soundwayrecords.com/Shop/PhysicalDetails?pid=SWR_PH_147

RADIO INTERVIEW: Dexter Story Vinyl Set and Interview on Dan Digs Radio Show – DashRadio.com

Spun an all vinyl African set and chatted on Dan Digs’ Show on Sunday, October 12, 2015 at DashRadio.com. This appearance was in support of my new record #Wondem available on October 23, 2015 on Soundway Records. Click the images or here for the broadcast.


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Broadcast Link:
The Dan Digs Show 051: New Slum Sociable, SG Lewis, Raury, HWLS, Pell – Special Guests: Dexter Story & Aquilo

Pre-order #Wondem here.
https://www.soundwayrecords.com/Shop/PhysicalDetails?pid=SWR_PH_147

NEWS: Dexter Story East African-influenced release ‘Wondem’ featured as ‘Album of the Week’ by BBC 6’s Gilles Peterson

Dexter Story’s new Soundway Records album Wondem was selected as “Album of the Week” on Saturday, October 3, 2015 by Gilles Peterson on his BBC 6 radio program. Wondem is slated for release on October 23. Listen to the radio program here.

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Gilles Peterson (born 28 September 1964, Caen, France)[1] is a British-based DJrecord collector and record label owner residing in London. Via his labels Acid JazzTalkin’ Loud, and since 2006, Brownswood RecordingsBrownswood Recordings have produced artists such as MalaGhostpoet, Owiny Sigoma Band, working with artists such as Lefto, SimbadFour Tet and many more.

Program:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06ds1sm

On Gilles Peterson:
http://www.gillespetersonworldwide.com/gilles-peterson/about/

On Wondem:
http://wondem.com

FEATURE: Dexter Story — Artist You Should Know + Video Premiere for “Eastern Prayer” – KCRW Music Blog (Blogs.KCRW.com)

Featured on KCRW’s Music Blog “Artist You Should Know” on September 22 with the video premiere for “Eastern Prayer” directed by DJ multi-hyphenate Anthony Valadez. This is in support of the upcoming album release “Wondem” on Soundway Records. Click here.

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Dexter Story is a unique figure in music today — He has played in different musical circles, booked for the legendary Temple Bar, worked as a product manager for Def Jam, and has now finally decided to work on his own songs and hit the record button.

His solo record is entitled, Wondem and is a collection of 12 songs that are inspired by the LA band Ethiocali, in which he plays the drums along side Kamasi Washington. Ethiocali performs the connecting sounds between Africa, California and everything else in between.

Dexter asked me to direct this video and the minute I hit play, I had all these ideas in my head in terms of a personal journey. “Eastern Prayer” just resonated with me — The chants, the steel drums and everything in between channeled Jamie XX and Fela Kuti in my head.

We shot this video in a couple of days around DTLA, LAX, Venice and Vasquez Rocks. I wanted to challenge myself and storytell through a camera instead of my turntables.

I hope people like it!

http://blogs.kcrw.com/musicnews/2015/09/dexter-story-artist-you-should-know/

August 25-26, 2015 – Video Shoot: “Eastern Prayer” from Wondem Album – Los Angeles County

Shot video to “Eastern Prayer,” a track from the upcoming Wondem album release with director Anthony Valadez (KCRW) and director of photography Holly Port (Thundercat, J*Davey). The compelling video treatment features territory crossing from the Westside to the Eastside of a Los Angeles-esque Urban cityscape in search of someone to whom I can pass my coveted possession. I ultimately succeed when I encounter lead vocalist Nia Andrews who is willing to carry the torch. This is Anthony Valadez’s directorial debut.

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Artist: Dexter Story
Song: Eastern Prayer (Featuring Nia Andrews)
Album: Wondem
Label: Soundway Records
Video Director: Anthony Valadez
Director of Cinematography: Holly Port
Video Premiere: TBD

Album Release: October 23, 2015

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August 18, 2015 – “Lalibela” Single Premiere from Upcoming Wondem Album Release – WaxPoetics.com

Wax Poetics premieres “Lalibela,” the first single from the upcoming album release Wondem on Soundway Records. Click the image or here to listen.

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Wondem is a unique collection of songs inspired by my passion for and immersion into African music and culture over my career” says Los Angeles musician Dexter Story about his new album, set for release on October 23 on Soundway Records. The multi-instrumentalist and producer combined his diverse background in soul, funk, jazz, and folk into his own unique and worldly voice, with influences from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia, and Kenya.

“This body of work came about as I began to compose and arrange for Todd Simon’s Ethio Cali, an emerging Ethio-jazz ensemble in Los Angeles. Wondem means brother in Amharic, and I felt a strong brotherly connection to Ethiopia during the process.”

The album was written and recorded in Story’s studio in downtown Los Angeles, and coproduced by the talented Carlos Niño. In addition, Story worked with an array of collaborators on the record, including Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Nia Andrews, Alsarah Elgada, and Yared Teshale.

In anticipation of the record, Wax Poetics is premiering the lead track, “Lalibela,” featuring Yared Teshale.

“The song ‘Lalibela’ was composed in tribute to the eleven great rock churches and the holy city in the north of Ethiopia. My mind couldn’t (and can’t) comprehend how they were excavated with precision like that, and I sing praises to them,” says Story. “Lalibela is an important pilgrimage center for Ethiopians, and I hope to visit there soon. The layout of the churches is said to be a replica of Jerusalem commissioned by Emperor Saint Gebre Lalibela in the twelth century. The track features vocalist Yared Teshale from Addis Ababa.”

Dexter Story is a man with many talents—he was the product manager for Snoop Dogg, Meshell Ndegeocello’s day-to-day representative, and later performed with artists such as Dwight Trible, Madlib, Quadron, Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Kelis, Kamasi Washington, and the Gaslamp Killer Experience.

http://waxpoetics.com/music/tracks/l-a-multi-instrumentalistproducer-dexter-story-premieres-new-ethiopia-influenced-song/