American Bluegrass Music Band concludes Ethiopia tour,It is part of the U.S. Embassy’s ongoing efforts to engage Ethiopian audiences through music and create opportunities for music lovers to interact directly with American musicians.

Crow and the Canyon visited Ethiopia on a four-nation Africa tour to introduce bluegrass music to audiences in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda and Zambia. Bluegrass music is a genre of American roots music that draws upon the musical traditions of Irish, Scottish and English immigrants to the United States, incorporates elements of African-American jazz and gospel, and cultural influences from the Appalachia region.

Ambassador Raynor said, “Bluegrass is a particularly apt choice for Ethiopia right now, as the country strives to take strength from its long tradition of cultural and ethnic diversity.” He also added, “Crow and the Canyon will take us on a musical journey through classic bluegrass, heartland acoustic folk, and bluesy country – all aspects of one sound that reflect so much of the story of the United States.”