QWANQWA: The Ethiopian Supergroup

SAT, OCT 29, 2022
8:00 PM

SAT, OCT 29, 7 PM Dance Workshop, 8 PM Performance 
In-Person Tickets: $18/$12 Members, Seniors, Students 

This event is presented in partnership with Queens Rising, a multi-disciplinary arts celebration created to highlight the borough’s culture and creative diversity.  Buy tickets to this event now and join us for a pre-show cocktail reception with traditional Ethiopian food and drink samples from Queens based chef Tadela Akala-Berhang (free for Qwanqwa ticket buyers) at 6pm hosted by Queens Rising. 

All individuals must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 and matching identification to attend this event. If you are interested in attending this event in person, please read the full COVID Safety Policy carefully before purchasing tickets.

Can't make it in person? This performance will be streamed LIVE on Culture Stream: Powered by Flushing Town Hall. 


Join us on October 29th as we welcome QWANQWA, the Ethiopian supergroup, to Flushing Town Hall for a performance like no other. This talented group of musicians will share the power of their experimental sounds with roots in traditional East African music, while also continuing their mission of furthering cross-cultural dialogue across the globe.

QWANQWA’s music comes to us during this Golden Age of Ethiopian music we are currently living in. Founded in 2012 by the group’s violinist Kaethe Hostetter, QWANQWA is a supergroup of extremely talented musicians “from the baddest ensembles of Addis Ababa”. The genre of their music is intersectional, combining elements of rock, psychedelic, and regional beats from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.

The group is embarking on their Debut US tour this year after performing at world festivals and completing 3 successful European tours. The group has also performed at numerous world festivals, including Roskilde, WOMEX, and Jazzfest in New Orleans.

The supergroup features Endris Hassen (masinko), Bubu Teklamariam (bass krar), Kaethe Hostetter (violin), Misale Leggese (kebero), and Selamnesh Zemene (vocalist).

Purchase your tickets for this exciting performance by clicking the link above! 

LOCATION:  Flushing Town Hall Theater