WOW TALES: Qwanqwa, with Ratie D

Sunday, May 12

Qwanqwa, opener: Ratie D


What a fascinating evening this was, with absolutely beautiful music. One thing we take great pride about at the WOW Hall is having arguably the most eclectic lineup of performances of any venue in the Eugene-Springfield area, and this show certainly added to that reputation. The evening began with a lively performance by Ratie D, a Cottage Grove resident of Zimbabwean descent, who was joined on stage by a backing band and for a portion of the set her sister, who provided some lovely backing vocals.

Qwanqwa provides their own spin on Ethiopian folk music, incorporating violin alongside traditional Ethiopian instruments. The performance included explanations of cultural significance and the instruments, matched with beautiful music, and traditional outfits to match onstage and in some of the audience. It is such a pleasure to have this stage as an outlet to provide exposure to other cultures and music for our Eugene audience, and we deeply appreciate all who came out to join us on a Sunday to hear what Ratie D and Qwanqwa offered.

Checkout some photos and a video highlight from the show below.






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