Strangely, one can thank disgraced ex-governor Eliot Spitzer for helping bring a once-in-a-lifetime bill full of great Ethiopian music to Lincoln Center this month. As attorney general, the noted hooker enthusiast had busted major labels for payola violations; newly up-for-grabs funding generated by the resulting lawsuit allowed New Jersey's WFMU to score a major grant, and a healthy chunk of that cash has gone toward bringing excellent concerts to New York City. This free Lincoln Center show features a who's who of modern Ethiopian musical history: Gétatchèw Mèkurya, the king of Ethiopian saxophone, joins Danish anarcho-rockers the Ex, while Mahmoud Ahmed and Alemayehu Eshete collaborate with the Either/Orchestra to create horn-heavy funk scenarios, and Extra Golden round out the bill with their merger of Kenyan benga... More >>>