Washington Square Music Festival“The [Washington Square Music Festival] series ended July 30 on an exquisite balmy evening that brought music lovers from all parts of New York and even New Jersey to hear East African music by Nepo Soteri and his Asante Band.

Guitarist / singer Soteri’s music is influenced by the rhythms and sounds of Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia, where he spent his youth traveling as a refugee. His band featured two female vocalists, a brass section, keyboard and percussion.

His smooth Afro jazz resonated with a very engaged audience, who could hardly stay in their seats. Many danced on the sidelines.

After intermission, Soteri encouraged the crowd to let loose, and many moved up into the space in front of the seats to dance. His fans and the Village’s older adults, along with children, took advantage of this opportunity to let their bodies channel the seductive rhythms and melodies of the multidimensional sounds.”

from The Villager. August 8, 2013.  read the review here


Thank you for your music, your talent and your time. Here at the Smithsonian Institute, we were very pleased with your performance. And the way your music makes people feel. You are truly a great artist. We will have you back.

Peter Pipim, Education Specialist


It was a pleasure having your band perform for us at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
You have a very powerful message in your music and it makes people want to dance.

Wishing you the best,
Anita Jacobs, Public Programs


Nepo and his band surely know how to help the crowd get its groove on.
The level of entertainment is pure and hot.

Chris Jordan, On the Go Magazine


read a review of Nepo’s CD, “Rwanda & Beyond”