Check out a new podcast compiled by Tommy T with music from his recent solo release The Prester John Sessions, plus favorites from his personal collection. Music includes artists like Aster Aweke, once dubbed "the Aretha Franklin of Ethiopia," Aswad and Michael Rose of Black Uhuru. Tommy concludes with a track from The Prester John Sessions, "Tribute to a King," dedicating the mix to The King of Ethiopian music, Dr. Tilahun Gesesse.
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On February 2nd 2010, some of Washington, DC’s finest indie bands gathered together to make music on behalf of Voice Of Haiti, a charity that’s been working for years to foster sustainable development in the country. When the smoke cleared and all the donations were counted, thousands had been raised for the charity — and a new movement was born: Indie Music for Haiti.
All of the artists who appeared that night agreed to have their performances filmed for placement on this site — and by doing so, they became the anchor tenants of a new online community bringing independent musicians and their fans together to help a devastated nation.
Head to Indie Music for Haiti to watch exclusive live clips of GB’s own Tommy T performing his solo work with the Abyssinian Roots Collective.
" We were honored to be part of this event, where great musicians came together to help our brothers and sisters in Haiti in their time of need. They say music heals all wounds and uplifts the soul. We hope our little effort will do just that, and — through the power of the Internet — perhaps even go a bit further, to raise badly needed funds for the people of Haiti. If you like what you hear, please donate what you can at voiceofhaiti.org ." – Tommy T and ARC
If you can’t make it to the after party on Feb. 8, you still have one more chance to catch Tommy T.
Back to the stage of New Year’s Eve mayhem, Tommy will be opening for SOJA at The Jefferson Theatre Friday, Feb. 12. Doors at 8pm, Tommy at 9pm. Tickets available here.
Tommy T presents: The Official Trey Anastasio After Party
Monday, Feb 8, 2010
The Southern, Charlottesville, VA
Free admission with Trey ticket stub / $5 without.
The official afterparty in Charlottesville, VA next Monday night Feb 8th at The Southern starting right after the Trey show at the Jefferson Theater. Just 5 bucks to get in or free with a Trey ticket stub. Come check out the band that brought The Prester John Sessions to life.
Don’t forget that tomorrow night will see Tommy T playing a benefit show for Haiti in Washington DC. We’re expecting a big turnout for T and the Abyssinia Roots Collective, so get down there early. And if you can’t make it, be sure to donate what you can to help the people of Haiti: http://www.voiceofhaiti.org
Tommy T’s solo album ‘The Prester John Sessions’ is now available to buy in stores! Described as an “aural travelogue that ranges freely through the music and culture of Ethiopia”, the album features fellow GB members Eugene Hutz and Pedro Erazo. You can pick it up at all the usual places or order online at the Easy Star Records store.
If you’re in Santa Monica, CA tomorrow, head down to Zanzibar (1301 5th Street) for an exclusive listening party. Club night Afro Funke is a mix of Afrobeat, Brazilian, Dub, Reggae, Cumbia, Samba Disco, Batucada, Afro-Latin House, Indian Beats, Makossa & other deep-rooted Funk music from around the world. Playback of ‘The Prester John Sessions’ will start at 9pm and be accompanied by giveaways. Click here for more information.
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Tommy T’s The Prester John Sessions album is now available exclusively at iTunes. Click here to order it there. If you like it, please rate it highly and post a review.
You can also pre-order the album through the Easy Star webstore, along with an exclusive tee shirt. If you pre-order, you will still be able to download the album shortly (within days) so you won’t have to wait to hear it. Plus, you will be entered into a contest with a chance to win a backstage hang with Tommy at an upcoming Gogol Bordello show (along with other prizes).
For the past few years, Tommy T has been touring the world as the bass player of gypsy punk powerhouse Gogol Bordello. He was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, before moving to Washington, DC, and becoming an integral part of the celebrated Ethiopian musical scene there. In between tours with Gogol, Tommy, along with some other great Ethiopian musicians, recorded The Prester John Sessions. The resulting record is a mesmerizing excursion into the music and culture of Ethiopia, touching on Ethiopian funk, dub, roots and jazz. Plus, it has bonus remix featuring Eugene Hutz and Pedro Erazo from Gogol Bordello and mixed by Michael G of the Easy Star All-Stars. This record will be available exclusively on iTunes starting October 13, then released in full November 10, but you can pre-order your copy now by clicking the banner above.
* The first 100 CDs will be signed by Tommy T
* Don’t wait until the release date to hear it! Downloads of the album will be available to all customers starting October 13, regardless of whether you order a physical CD or a digital download.
* Chance to hang backstage at a Gogol Bordello show with Tommy!
Every order gets you a chance to win the following:
* 3 Grand Prizes: A pair of tickets to an upcoming Gogol Bordello show, along with a meet and greet by Tommy T and a chance to hang backstage. Winners also receive a complete set of Easy Star CDs (15 CDs total) and an Easy Star Records tee shirt.
* 3 Runners Up: 10 Easy Star Records CDs and an Easy Star Records tee shirt.
In addition, you can also pre-order a tee shirt designed around the striking cover art of this release. It’s available in a men’s tee or a women’s tee, so pick your style, and wear it proudly. When bought with a CD, it’s only $25 for the whole bundle.
In the lead-up to releasing his debut solo work (The Prester John Sessions, on sale exclusively via iTunes on October 13, with the wide release at traditional retail outlets everywhere on November 10), Tommy T has been interviewed by See Magazine, the Winnipeg Free Press and Uptown Magazine. Click the links to read the full articles!