November 18, 2017 – Dexter Story Remixed by Mark de Clive-Lowe Live – Ubërjazz Festival, Hamburg, Germany

Acclaimed musician, producer, live remixer and composer Mark de Clive-Lowe teams up with multi-hyphenate musician Dexter Story to bring you a special live set of reworked music from the latter’s two recent album “Seasons” and “Wondem”.

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Dexter Story – Vocals, Keys, Guitar
Mark de Clive-Lowe – Keys, Programming, Production
Esinam Dogbatse – Flute, Vocals, Percussion
Andrea Lo – Bass Guitar

http://www.kampnagel.de/ueberjazz-2017/

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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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http://cfaer.org/

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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DESCRIPTION

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

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.

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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/

November 11, 2016 – Dexter Story ‘Wondem Remixed’ Release – Soundway Records, Worldwide Digital

Dexter Story releases a Wondem Remix digital album on Soundway Records featuring LA and UK producers on November 11. This is a follow-up record to the acclaimed Wondem album release in October 2015. The producers include Ras G, Te’Amir Sweeney, Stomach Club, Carlos Niño, Jeremy Sole, Todd Simon, Al Dobbs, Jr. and Kutmah.

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Wondem Remixed is a humble compilation of reworkings by some of my colleagues in Los Angeles and the UK. I asked musicians who were already interested or involved in my musical explorations or who lived in a parallel universe. In other words, I didn’t force it on a who’s who of “remixers” and as a result this body of work has a more organic and personal sense about it. The collection starts with a masterful reimagining by Brainfeeder beat maestro Ras G who has played a couple of shows with us. He took elements from the entire Wondem record and created an Afrikan Space Program classic. Producer and drummer Te’Amir Sweeney plays with the Wondem band and brought his sonic expertise with a crazy ambient remix of Saba. Emerging production collective Stomach Club, whom I met through my good friend and co-producer Carlos Niño one night in Venice, went all-in and vibey on the Somalian-inspired tune Xamar. Carlos himself provided a spirited soundscape featuring tracks from the entire record. International DJ and KCRW.com favorite Jeremy Sole took Lalibela to a new place with his awesome musicality and sensitivity. Prolific trumpeter, Ethio Cali bandleader and arranger Todd Simon did a sublime dub version of one of the more popular tunes on the record Sidet Eskemeche. The compilation is also blessed by an Al Dobson Jr. appearance. He completely flipped Mowa and I am grateful to him. Last but not least are two exceptional perspectives on Merkato Star and Eastern Prayer by our London-based homie Kutmah.

I am very proud of this Wondem Remixed offering and hope you find some new inspiration for yourself in here.

https://www.soundwayrecords.com/Shop/DownloadDetails?rid=SWR_RE_119

October 15, 2016 – Afro Funké and 89.9 KCRW Present Africa Rising featuring Rocky Dawuni, Wondem f/ Marie Daulne (of Zap Mama) – John Anson Ford Theatre, Hollywood, CA

Dexter Story & Wondem perform at The Ford Theatre as part of Afro Funké Presents Africa Rising on Sunday, October 15. Rocky Dawuni headlines with sets by DJs Jeremy Sole and Glenn Red.Africa Rising
Afro Funké and 89.9 KCRW Present
Africa Rising
Featuring Rocky Dawuni, Wondem w/ Marie Daulne, Jeremy Sole, Glenn Red and more
Sunday, October 15, 2016
The Ford Theatre
7pm

Facebook Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/258337127845157/

Tickets available here:
https://secure.ticketsage.net/websales.aspx?u=fordtheatres&pid=302745

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 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
and
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
5-9pm
Natural History Museum

RSVP @ nhm.org.

ARTICLE: Feel the Tizita. LA’s Dexter Story finds inspiration in Little Ethiopia – 89.3 KPCC (by Mark McNeil)

Dexter Story discusses his newest release Wondem on Soundway Records and his passion for Ethiopian music and culture with dublab.com’s Mark McNeil for 89.3 KPCC. The article was publishes August 3, 2016.

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http://www.scpr.org/programs/offramp/2016/08/03/50266/feel-the-tizita-la-s-dexter-story-finds-inspiratio/

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
18+
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.

Facebook Event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/279030439101262/

July 17, 2016 – Wondem Live @ Japanese American Cultural & Community Center – JACCC ‎Little Tokyo Concert Series, James Irvine Japanese Garden, Downtown LA, CA

Dexter Story and Wondem band perform at Japanese American Cultural & Community Center – JACCC ‎Little Tokyo Concert Series, James Irvine Japanese Garden on Sunday, July 17, 2016.13256117_10153945629802550_8652652627639686_n.jpg_ND32150……………………………………………………………………………………………..
This summer, JACCC presents four, intimate outdoor concerts inside downtown’s James Irvine Japanese Garden in Little Tokyo.

SUNDAYS: JULY 10: SHEILA GOVINDARAJAN | JULY 17: WONDEM | JULY 24: DWIGHT TRIBLE’S ALTERNATE ANGLES + CARLOS NIÑO & FRIENDS | JULY 31: THE LONG LOST | EVERY SUNDAY: DUBLAB

$12 PRESALE, $15 DOOR | LIMITED ADMISSION | 5-9PM | 21+

Tickets available here: jaccc.org/littletokyoconcertseries

Returning for its second season, the Little Tokyo Concert Series honors the intimate, outdoor and natural setting as an ideal environment to experience good music up close. With a diverse lineup of LA’s hottest acts, each night will be a unique and exciting way to wrap your weekends. After selling out each concert last year, we are thrilled to bring this series back to Los Angeles with a fresh line-up, here in the heart of Little Tokyo.

Indulge in sake and soba bar for a taste of Little Tokyo. Visit and experience the magic hours of the summer in great company…

#littletokyoconcertseries

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JULY 17: WONDEM
+ dublab DJ Frosty

On his debut Soundway Records release, Dexter Story distills his diverse background in soul, funk, jazz and folk idioms into his own unique and worldly voice. Borrowing from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia, and Kenya, this collection of East African-influenced music is a testament to Story’s decades of dedication to artistic excellence.

listen: wondem.bandcamp.com

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TICKETS

Tickets are $12 presale, $15 general admission, and are available at JACCC.ORG/littletokyoconcertseries

LIMITED NUMBER OF EARLY BIRD TICKETS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE BETWEEN MAY 24-MAY 31.
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LOCATION

JAMES IRVINE JAPANESE GARDEN
(Japanese American Cultural & Community Center)
244 S. San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

GARDEN ENTRANCE

The entrance to the garden is conveniently located on San Pedro Street between 2nd and 3rd streets. Look for the narrow walkway between the JACCC Center Building and the adjacent alley.

PARKING

Joe’s Auto Parks/Sho Tokyo Garage
350 E 2nd St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

$10 parking. The entrance to Joe’s Auto Parks is on 2nd Street, walk across the JACCC plaza to the San Pedro Street garden entrance.

*Street parking in Little Tokyo is also free on Sundays.
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Generous support from dublab, Amoeba Records, LA Downtowner, L.A. Record, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Aratani Foundation & Bloomberg Philanthropies

July 4, 2016 – Wondem Live @ Grand Park / Music Center’s 4th of July Block Party – Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Dexter Story & Wondem perform live at Grand Park and The Music Center presents 4th of July Block Party on July 4, 2016 from 6:30 to 7:30pm.

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FREE / GRATIS
#GO4THDTLA

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LOS ANGELES! #GO4THDTLA. Grand Park and The Music Center are where to celebrate together with music, food, and an incredible fireworks display launched from the civic center skyline. Grab the best friends, the whole family, and main squeezes and enjoy a bit of togetherness under the beautiful Angeleno sky. **Safety for everyone is número uno. Check back soon for more info on entrances, prohibited items, parking, etc.**

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SCHEDULE: Doors open at 2pm. Fireworks show will create stunning backdrop for L.A.’s iconic City Hall. Event ends at 9:30pm

MUSIC and ARTISTS that call L.A. home:

THE FIREWORKS STAGE (on The Music Center Plaza):

YOUR HOST: Mario Hernandez

Kotolan (Indie Pop meets global, sung in English, Spanish and Japanese)

108Hill (project debut by Peter Madana, Aalok Mehta, and Anisha Nagarajan exploring stories and sounds from Bombay to L.A.)

Jenny O. (L.A. based pop Singer-Songwriter)

Dexter Story (Wondem) (Soul, Funk, Jazz and Folk music with musical elements from East Africa)

The Echo Park Project and the dancers from the World Salsa Congress (legendary Salsa sounds with a twist)

THE BACKYARD STAGE (Grand Park near Hill St):

YOUR HOST: Kristin Rand

La Junta (DJ collective spinning tropical sounds of Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Africa, Cuba, Puerto Rico, India and Mexico)

Afro Funke’ with Rocky Dawuni, DJ Jeremy Sole, DJ Glenn Red(blends of African, Global, Hip-Hop, Jazz/Funk, Dub Reggae, Afro Beat and remixes)

EVENT LAWN: Dedicated space for play for children 4-14

Got Game Sports leading tag, soccer and other games thru 8:30pm // Tunes spun by DJ Francesca Harding and Ericalandia // Chris Douridas

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GETTING THROUGH BAG CHECK: All bags will be checked upon entry to event space.

FOOD + DRINK POLICY: PICNICS/OUTSIDE FOOD is welcome in totes and backpacks – NO COOLERS. SIZE OF BAGS AND BACKPACKS/TOTES must be standard backpack size or smaller (16.75 inches x 13 inches x 8.5 inches). NO OUTSIDE BEVERAGES including juice and soda (sealed juice boxes is the only exception). ONLY EMPTY (non glass) WATER BOTTLES allowed. PARK WATER FOUNTAINS and WATER FOR PURCHASE BOOTHS will be available in the event space. FOOD VENDORS BOOTHS will be available throughout event space. This is and alchohol-free event, NO ALCOHOL permitted.

THE FOLLOWING IS PROHIBITED: Bags and backpacks measuring larger than standard backpack size (16.75 inches x 13 inches x 8.5 inches), coolers, chairs, outside alcoholic beverages, sealed or open beverage bottles with liquid including water (fountains and water for purchase will be available), selfie sticks, glass, smartboards, projection devices, narcotics, tents, firecrackers, explosives, sparklers, firearms/weapons, identity-covering costumes, confetti cannons, generators, drones, printed signage measuring larger than 8.5 inches b x 11 inches, props, flag poles and sticks, public intoxication, rollerblading, skateboarding, smoking, vaping, unauthorized vending, unleashed animals, smart boarding, outside solicitation, staking objects to ground, drone operation, amplified noise and bicycles (may be parked outside of event at 1st and Hill streets).

ALLOWED: Snacks, food, sealed juice boxes, small bags, strollers, handheld umbrellas and empty reusable non-glass water containers.

THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES ARE PROHIBITED: Public Intoxication / Rollerblading / Skateboarding / Smoking / Vaping / Unauthorized Vending / Aggressive Solicitation / Staking Objects to Ground

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FOOD FOR SALE: Food vendors will be onsite.

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STREET CLOSURE INFO: Details on scheduled event street closures in the 4th of July Block Party Community Letter.

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BIKE PARKING: Bike valet available at 1st and Hill. FREE

METRO RECOMMENDATION: Take Metro Red/Purple lines to CIVIC CENTER/GRAND PARK STATION (use 1st St exit; Temple St exit is only open for ADA/elevator access). Gold Line to UNION STATION or LITTLE TOKYO/ARTS DISTRICT STATION, then 7-12 min walk towards The Music Center

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Summer at The Music Center: Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles + Grand Park: Free events for all, because everything is better together.

May 28, 2016 – Dexter Story and Wondem Live In-Store Performance – Record Surplus, Santa Monica, CA

Dexter Story performs an in-store with his Wondem group at Record Surplus in Santa Monica, CA on Saturday, May 28. Record Surplus is a longtime music store specializing in buying & selling used records, CDs, books, DVDs & memorabilia.
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Dexter Story & Wondem Live
Live In-Store Performance
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Free
Record Surplus
12436 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025

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

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
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Saturday, April 16, 2016
8pm
$18
The Roxy Theatre
9009 West Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90000

https://www.facebook.com/MbongwanaStar/

https://www.facebook.com/wondemmusic/