Back from her US tour: The interview with Menna Mulugeta (Part I/II)

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Men­na spon­sered by ENERGETIX

Men­na has returned from the USA and has hard­ly had time to get over the jet lag. But, on the train to Baden-Baden where she’s going to record a jin­gle for the SWR3 radio sta­tion, the pop­u­lar young singer still found time to talk to FROGBLOG.

Men­na Muluge­ta is being spon­sored by ENERGETIX and cre­at­ed a gen­er­al­ly laid-back mood at the get-togeth­er on the Cat­a­logue Launch Sun­day with songs that were full of feel­ing. She then trav­elled to the USA to tour there with her band, which com­pris­es Julie Spencer (per­cus­sion) and Ger­not Blume (harp). The three played gigs in Ann Arbor, Indi­anapo­lis, New York, Wash­ing­ton D.C. and Boston.

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Con­cert in Wash­ing­ton

Men­na reveals that it was her first tour of the USA and that the band orga­nized and put the tour togeth­er them­selves. Here, the trio was able to call on Menna’s fam­i­ly and Julie’s good con­tacts in the USA (Julie was born there). They main­ly per­formed at jazz clubs, which already „came with their own audi­ences“ so to speak. Prob­a­bly a good deci­sion because Men­na is not (yet) as famous in the USA as she is in Ger­many and is still build­ing a fan base.

Menna USA Ann Arbor

Men­na, for every­one who hasn’t been able to enjoy one of your live shows: what kind of reper­toire do you per­form? Did you also show­case your own work in the US?

Our reper­toire is based on my own songs from my CD, „FREE“. I also love soul, blues and even music from Ethiopia. My favourite singers are Bey­on­cé, Whit­ney Hous­ton and Ted­dy Afro. But I always try to be open to new music!

Wally's Café Boston

Wally’s Café Boston

Asked whether any­thing spe­cial stood out on the tour, Men­na thought for a minute and then said: „Boston!“. Because the last of the five shows in the USA was a gig at Wally’s Café (one of the old­est jazz clubs in the USA) and the atmos­phere there wasn’t only great, every­thing else went smooth­ly there as well – which pleased us all.Menna Boston

The pho­tos show that you wore ENERGETIX jew­ellery dur­ing the shows and a ban­ner with your pho­to also asso­ci­at­ed you with ENERGETIX. Was there any reac­tion to ENERGETIX’s jew­ellery?

Yes, there was lots of pos­i­tive feed­back. The guests were usu­al­ly very inter­est­ed in the mag­nets.

To be con­tin­ued…