City Paper is not for tourists
Ethiopia’s most famous diva, Aster Aweke slides her voice up and down the scale in a manner that occasionally resembles Middle Eastern singing. But Aweke—who lived in D.C. for a spell in the ’80s and is backed on her current tour by local Ethiopian group The Feedel Band—adds some bolder R&B elements to her traditional songs. On her 2013 effort, Ewedihalehu (I Love You), Aweke jumps from style to style on each cut. Harking back to ’70s-era Ethiopian music while maintaining a contemporary sound, the album shows why Aweke can still fill stadiums around the world. Aster Aweke performs at 9 p.m. at Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. $35–$45. (202) 503-2330. echostage.com.