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Music, Hear This Debo Band: Show Preview

Debo Band: Show Preview

If you've ever listened to the Éthiopiques collection — compilations of Ethiopian pop from the scene's late '60s to early '70s heyday — then the worthiness of the concept behind Debo Band should be self-evident. Since you probably haven't, let…
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Calendar, Night&Day African-Amazing


People get funny about Meklit Hadero. The local singer is outrageously charming, devastatingly soulful, and she does this kind of breathy percussion-singing thing no one’s ever done before. The signature flower in the hair and excellent fashion choices are just…
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Music, All Shook Down Help S.F. Singer Meklit Hadero Bring Her Music to Ethiopia Next Month

Help S.F. Singer Meklit Hadero Bring Her Music to Ethiopia Next Month

Ethiopian born, S.F.-based jazz singer Meklit Hadero is planning a big trip to Ethiopia next month to perform for the people of her native country. It's her second such visit, after a similar journey in 2009. Hadero will perform…
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Music, M.I.A.'s diluted politics

M.I.A.'s diluted politics

M.I.A. thrives on misinterpretation. Her debut album, Arular, was named after her Tamil Tiger dad and released in the midst of the War on Terror with a lead track taunting, "I've got the bombs to make you blow." Her antagonistic…
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Dining, Eat Secret Places

Secret Places

So we were at dinner and this guy asked me, "Where have you eaten lately that you liked?" and I mentioned Bar Jules, Serpentine, and Ironwood BBQ, hidden in Golden Gate Park. "No!" he said impatiently. "I read what you…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Eritrean Food

Best Eritrean Food The physical border between Ethiopia and Eritrea has historically been contentious; indeed, the two countries argue its location in the U.N. to this day. But the nations' local cuisines live in harmony at a charming Inner Sunset…
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Music, Various Artists

Various Artists

One of the strangest things about Ethiopian pop music is how little was ever recorded, and how easy it now is for you -- yes, you -- to hear the best of it. Between 1969 and 1978 only a few…
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Dining, Eat

The Man Who Came to Dinner

My family consists of me, a revolving door of housemates, and a motley collection of plants inherited against my will and which I wish someone would come over and water because they apparently seem to be dying. That's not including…
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Dining, Eat

They Call Me Mister T'ibs

Tana Ethiopian Restaurant 4238 18th St. (at Diamond), 487-0957. Open Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 5 to 10 p.m. No wheelchair access. Reservations advised on weekends. Parking: terrible weekends, possible weeknights; there's a small public…
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Dining, Eat

Out of Africa

Rasselas Ethiopian Cuisine & Jazz Club 2801 California (at Divisadero), 567-5010. Open from 5 to 10 p.m. daily, until 11 p.m. weekend evenings. Street parking available. Reachable by the 24 Divisadero and 1 California Muni lines. The restaurant is not…
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Punk Mother

"I would rather smell the way boys smell," Patti Smith declared on a 1974 single: Smith didn't want to be stuck with a bunch of passive women in a "Piss Factory," so she broke free, remaking the male rebel pose…
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