The Budos Band is an instrumental outfit on the excellent independent soul label, Daptone Records, alongside such acts as Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and the Sugarman 3. They have between 11 and 13 members, playing what they refer to as Afro-Soul. It is very much influenced by Ethiopian music, as well as classic soul and funk from the ’60s.
I was reminded of the Budos Band this morning after I saw the latest post on Roots Note Music: Somalia: K’Naan, Magool, & the meanest streets in the universe. The post features a Somalian musician/rapper living in Canada, named K’Naan. Some of the grooves he was rapping over were from Ethiopia (which is next door to Somalia). They reminded me of songs I’ve heard by the Budos Band.
Check out this video for “Origin of Man”:
And if you’d like to delve further into Ethiopian music, a good starting point might be saxophone player Getachew Mekuria. I first heard a recording of the song below at an Ethiopian restaurant (very interesting cuisine also!):
And something a bit more modern: