ZEDICUS and ABYSSINIA ROOTS
Zedicus is an Ethiopian born musician based in the Washington DC area, and has been performing in world music and reggae circles for over 20 years.
Also a member of seminal Ethio-fusion group, ADMAS, this is his first solo release. He has spent many years living in different countries around the world (Africa, Asia, the Middle East and North America).. experiences resulting in the broad range of styles and influences evident on his solo album. The self-titled debut CD is a conglomeration of songs falling under Reggae, Rock, Alternative, and World Music banners, with several tracks put on regular rotation on 'The Joint' (XM Satellite Radio) soon after the album release.
Zedicus has performed and/or recorded with world renowned artists such as Mahmoud Ahmed, Maxi Priest, the Itals, Omar Hakim, Jean-Marie Tala (Cameroon), HR (from Bad Brains), Dave Wakeling (English Beat/General Public), Aster Aweke, Gigi, Midnite, SOJA , and Black Sheep. He has also opened for major acts such as Steel Pulse, Third World, Burning Spear, Dennis Brown, Mutabaruka, Toots & the Maytals, Alpha Blondy, the Wailers and Lucky Dube.
Zedicus and Abyssinia Roots, a.k.a.The A.R.C (Abyssinia Roots Collective) has perfomed numerous times over the years in major U.S. cities such as New York, Chicago, and Boston, and regularly gigs in and around Washington DC. Internationally, the group has played at the Martinique Jazz Festival, the St Lucia Jazz Festival, and made a couple of trips to Dominica (Alliance Francaise in 2011, and Domfesta in 2012).
This solo project follows the completion of two albums by ADMAS, the critically acclaimed 'Indigo Sun', and the as yet to be released ADMAS II. The second Zedicus album is in the works, looking to be completed by the end of 2012.