On July 18th at the Cedar Cultural Center five bands performed all influenced by or hailing from Africa. Richard Ooga, a professional photographer with ePix Mobile Studios located in Lakeville and contributor to Mshale, was kind enough to provide me with images he took of the concerts.
Many of Wegegta’s band members come from Ethiopia but now reside in the Twin Cities. Wegegta means a sprinkle or a ray of light, according to bass guitarist, Jonathan Bekure. The bands sound fuses jazz, Afropop, and a fat sound from keyboardist, Samuel Francis, that at times are more reminiscent of East African pop.