Dexter Story ft. Kamasi Washington – Wejene Aola

Dexter Story - Wejene Aola ft. Kamasi Washington
Image via Dexter Story

Los Angeles-based musician Dexter Story hooks up with his good friend, the amazing saxophonist Kamasi Washington. In homage to the oppressed Oromo people of Southern Ethiopia, the pair drops an instrumental cover version of Tilahun Gessesse’s 1970s track “Wejene Aola.” A fierce, rumbling electro Ethio-Funk groove provides the platform for an intense and powerful interplay between Washington on tenor sax and Todd Simon on trumpet. Speaking with The Fader Story had this to say about the song,

“My instrumental cover of “Wejene Aola” featuring saxophonist / composer / bandleader Kamasi Washington is a dedication to Oromo culture and to the legendary Ethiopian vocalist Tilahun Gessesse. The original translation of this undeniable funk track by Tilahun is about a man waiting on his lover and missing her badly, and I think Kamasi’s gritty interpretation is one for the books.

Dive into the track below – this is special!


Soundway Records will release ‘Wejene Aola’/’Eastern Pray’ on September 30th (pre-order)

CF Smith

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