Tezeta Band

Ethiopian Dance Music

Who is Tezeta Band?

Who we are and what we're about

Tezeta Band is the sound of nostalgia and soulful dance music. It is part jazz, part soul and part ancient Ethiopian melodies blended with the R & B music of the 1960’s and 1970’s. It comes from a period when the influential sounds of James Brown, Jackie Mittoo and John Coltrane melted together with Ethiopian tradition in the hot clubs and lounges of Addis Ababa.

Upcoming Shows

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latest news


Tezeta Band Summer 2016 Schedule

Here are a few events and shows that Tezeta Band will be playing this summer. Now that we have finally released “The Origins of Night Life”, we are busy working up a fresh batch of songs for the next LP and hitting the stage to share them.  Check our Facebook page for any additional band […]


The Origins of Nightlife available at CD Baby

Our CD Baby store is up and running. If you would like to purchase a copy, check out the link below.  You can also purchase it at Music Millennium and as always, the best way to get your hands on it is to come to our shows. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/tezetaband Thanks for the overwhelmingly great response and […]


Tezeta Band at the Secret Society 2/20/15

Tezeta Band will be playing a triple bill of ska, soul and Ethio-funk at The Secret Society Ballroom on Saturday, February 20th with The Sentiments and The Inciters. Doors open at 8:30 and Tezeta Band hits the stage at 9:00. Don’t miss this high energy show.


Origins of Nightlife CD Release Party at JImmy Maks 1/23/15

This is it! The CD will be out and Tezeta Band is celebrating the release of “The Origin of Night Life” at Portland’s top Jazz club, Jimmy Mak’s. Joining Tezeta band will be the big sound of The BrassRoots Movement and special DJ sets by KMHD Jazz Radio’s DJ Derek Smith. Doors and dinner starts […]


Thursday October 8th at The Goodfoot

We are having a show this Thursday at the Goodfoot, KMHD DJ extraordinaire Derek Smith will open the show with groovy tunes and atmosphere. Doors open at 9PM.


New single and Happy New Year!

Tezeta band is celebrating the Ethiopian New Year with a sneak preview of our upcoming album “The Origin of Nightlife”. Have a listen to our first song off the top “Gizie Degu Neger”, and don’t forget to mark your calendars for Thursday October 8th when Tezeta Band plays the Goodfoot Lounge and Pub. Happy New […]