Formed in NYC in 2009 by an electric bass player Samson Kebede Arki Sound is a New York City based collective interpreting the "Golden Age" of Ethiopian jazz from the 1960s and 1970s. Just as the Ethiopian scene incorporated various influences, both indigenous as well as from American R&B, jazz and pop, so does Arki Sound bring their own backgrounds - from jazz to punk funk to free improv - to create their own flavor of Ethiopian groove. In Amharic, አርኪ [Arki] translates as "quencher" or "satisfier"; Arki Sound endeavors to serve its listeners and dancers the finest in spontaneous Ethiopian flavored groove.
Samson Kebede, bass
Marcus Cummins, alto and soprano saxophones
Frank Marino, drums
George Taylor, guitar