September 16, 2017 – Wondem Live at Open Arts & Music Festival – Glendale, CA

Dexter Story’s Wondem band performs live in Glendale at The Open Arts & Music Festival on September 17 at 5pm. The band will play music from the 2015 Wondem release as well as new material from the upcoming Soundway album.
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2nd Annual Open Arts & Music Festival is a free family-friendly event in the heart of Downtown Glendale and is produced in collaboration with artists, performers, community leaders, local businesses, and organizations.

Live music performances by:

Run River North
DUCKWRTH
Buyepongo
Wondem
Boogaloo Assassins
Yavaran
El Santo Golpe
Monalisa (MC/Host)

All-day Programming:

  • Public Art Installations and Video Projections by Y_NIS
  • Kids Area with a Rock Climbing Wall, Instrument Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Life-sized games, and more!
  • Arts Market featuring all-ages activities and workshops
  • Craft Beer Garden at the Alex Theatre Forecourt
  • Community Resource Center

Saturday, September 16, 2017
2-10 PM
Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA
Free & All-Ages

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Presented by Glendale Arts and the Downtown Glendale Association

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Want to get involved?

Questions: info@openartsmusic.com
Volunteer: Click here
Vendors: vendors@openartsmusic.com
Sponsors: sponsors@openartsmusic.com
Media: media@openartsmusic.com

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

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/