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We are excited to announce that Eme & Heteru will begin a Residency at Sax Washington DC. Starting Wednesday, January 18, 2017.

Eme & Heteru Music "Island Escape" EVERY WEDNESDAY, at DC's sexiest entertainment venue-Sax Washington DC.
The band's well known high-energy performances, electrifying stage presence, and top notch musicianship, remain compelling reasons for DC music lovers to make it a date night @ Sax Washington with "Island Escape" in January, 2017.

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A little about Sax Washington..
"Beginning with dinner, the evening slowly gathers energy as guests are treated to continuous live entertainment where ballet meets burlesque meets Cirque de Soleil. With the only DC venue featuring a professional choreographer on staff, the Moulin Rouge ambiance is precisely executed and choreographed. Weekends add a late night element showcasing DJs and VIP bottle service. Opulence. Service. Entertainment. This is SAX."

El & Joii @ "The Sound"

Henri Tanash @ "The Sound"

Emma @ "The Sound"

Eme and Eliot Seppa @ DCTV's "The Sound"

Joii @ LIV Nite Club

El at Eme & Heteru's last show at LIV Nite Club before LIV closed

FALL 2015.
Our return to Bossa. The the first opportunity to make music there since our last show  with Latoya Ekemode.
 Thanks to Kenyan Singer Atemi, we returned on Sunday 8/16, with Michael Shereikis from Chopteeth, as a guest.
Also performing that evening was Cameroonian-American Singer Micheline Ewang.
We look forward to see you at both events.

Images of Eme & Heteru from the Ft Dupont Music Series concert,
July 18th, 2015.

Image: P.B. Jacobs

Image: E. Benton

Image: P.B. Jacobs

Showtime: 8PM

Lotus & Water Lily Fest. Images:
JULY 11, 2015

4th of July Images:

Joii's funny face!

PROMO: July 11 2015

The Lotus & Water Lily Festival is an annual event that celebrates the profusion of flowers all around the Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Garden and the cultures around the world that celebrate these flowers.

There are over 20 exhibitors this year, including the Smithsonian Museum of African Art, Embassy of South Africa, Embassy of Mali, Chezadance, Infinite Possibilities and many others.

Special note of thanks!
The exhibits that include African storytelling, music & dance, are brought to you by the Smithsonian Museum of African Art.
Our Storytellers are: Baba Jamal Koram
Micheline Ewang
Prince Looh Dine

1550 Anacostia Ave. NE Washington DC 20019

Saturday, July 11

Starts at 10 am

PROMO: Save The Date-July 18
Fort Dupont Music Fest.
We are looking forward to performing at the Fort Dupont Music Fest in DC, July 18th. We go on at 8pm. Details to come. ‪#‎EHeteruLiveinJuly15

Photo: Kim Yvette Ayubu

Save The Date:
Eme & Heteru at The Lotus & Water Lily Cultural Fest. Anacostia DC ‪#‎EHeteruLiveinJuly15‬

Live Storytelling performers and much more

Pictures from a performance at DC Mayor's Africa Festival. August 3rd, 2014.

Sunday, September 21st
Eme & Heteru & friends Live! With special guest, Latoya Aduke Ekemode
Venue: Bossa Bistro & Lounge

Feeling good at Tropicalia DC.

Sunday, July 6th 2014.

The Smithsonian Folk Life Festival in DC ends tonight with an After Party at Bossa Bistro & Lounge, at 8:30 pm.
View details below. Join us in support of Kenya's visiting artists. See you there!

Click here for a map.

Warming up at 7am for Annie Yu's Fox 5 crew at the Smithsonian African Museum's 50th Anniversary yesterday!
We had a great time at the Smithsonian. What a fantastic, very well attended  event. The exhibits are awesome, you have to check them out. Congratulations! @

National Museum of African Art Opens Its Doors for 50th Anniversary Day Celebration June 3

 The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art celebrates its 50th anniversary Tuesday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Visitors of all ages can experience special performances and events intended to inspire them to learn more about the people and cultures of Africa and its diaspora through music, dance, film and art. The event is free.

12:30 – 2:00p.m. Eme and Heteru, Roots Band!       

The original Capitol Hill museum was founded June 3, 1964, by Warren Robbins in a townhouse that was originally the home of abolitionist Frederick Douglass from 1871 to 1877. The anniversary year will honor Robbins’ vision of “cross-cultural communication through education in the arts of Africa.

“I want all ages to experience this special 50th-anniversary celebration at the National Museum of African Art,” said Maya Angelou, the honorary chair of the museum’s national campaign. “You can sing the songs, dance the dances, see the sculptures and hear the melodies. Not only do you belong to the museum, it belongs to you. Congratulations for the happy anniversary.”

50th Anniversary Schedule.

11:30a.m. Farafina Kan - drummers, stilt walkers – Outside museum

12 – 5p.m.  Henna painting with Henna by Hadia - Outside museum All day “Wrappers and Robes, Tunics and Toppers” – Take your photo in traditional African clothing – in Pavilion, DRESS UP Photo Op for those who love African fashion.  Fashions for kids and their families.  Get creative with clothing from our education collection.

Hosted by Michel Martin, host of National Public Radio’s (NPR) Tell Me More.

PIC: MHS Press

Chinua Achebe Colloquium

Above: Joii and El join Mrs Chinua Achebe and her relative for a photo
after our performance at Brown University, RI

April/ We are so excited that in just one week, we'll be off to a performance at prestigious Brown University's Chinua Achebe Colloquim. We'll be there on the 2nd and 3rd of May. For details visit Chinua Achebe Colloquim Schedule

"This year marks the 250th anniversary of one of the world’s most prestigious tertiary institutions – Brown University. As part of the festivities, the Ivy League citadel will host the fifth Chinua Achebe Colloquium on Africa. The conference will take place May 1, 2, and 3, 2014. This year the Colloquium will focus on African Literature as Restoration: Chinua Achebe as Teacher.
Founded by the late Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor emeritus at Brown University, the Achebe Colloquium annually brings together an international group of scholars, officials from African governments, the United Nations, North America, the European Union, and other organizations for several days of intense deliberation and exchange of ideas on the importance of Art, Literature and Culture; and the need to strengthen democracy and peace on the African continent.

For event schedule and details click here!

Artwork by Steve Balderson, Quintessential Works.

March 7th
What a great pleasure it was to perform at the Atlas Intersections festival. The Sprenger Theater staff were awesome and so helpful to us. It was our first time venturing into a little bit of dramatization with Live music. and it presented its challenges but with the help of brave soul and budding actor, Remi Parker. "Prince Kamba", we did put on a great show! Pictures and clips are in the making and will be shared soon.

Exploring Afro Roots @ Atlas Intersections Festival, 2014

Atlas Intersections Arts Festival's third week peaks with a late night tribute to Roots music. At 10 p.m. March 7th, Eme & Heteru take the stage with a high-energy, one hour show that presents short, dramatic interpretations of the evolution of popular African rhythms.

This particular production relives the significance of the 70s Afro Roots generation.The band's selection of upbeat dance tunes, chosen from an era of conflict of cultures and of struggles for artistic freedom of expression, celebrates pioneers such as Fela Kuti, Manu Dibango, Miriam Makeba and Ebo Taylor. These Originals inspired artists such as Alpha Blondy, Gigi, and of course the producers of the show- DC's own Eme and Heteru.

The show is on Mar. 7th, 2014, at 10:00 P.M. The venue is Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street, N.E. Washington D.C. 20002

                      Click here for TICKETS


January 9th 2014,
Happy New Year Everyone!
We have been on a bit of a break to allow time for family and for rejuvenation.
This year we look forward to expanding our creativity. First with a dramatic performance at the Atlas Performance Theater on March 7th, 1333 H st. NE DC 20002. Tickets are on sale NOW! at the Box Office at the address above or online @
We look forward to seeing you!

DECEMBER 3rd 2013
Giving Tuesday is HERE!
Atlas Intersections Festival creates connections through innovative art.
Help Us raise $8000 to support the 2014 Festival.
Gifts of any size are greatly appreciated.  From your company.  From you personally.  Here is the link:

Coming Soon!
March, 7th 2014
Recently selected as performers for the INTERSECTIONS Festival at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC.

Eme & Heteru in AfroRoots: 70's Africa Music Revolution!

This is a short theatrical presentation performed by the band that chronicles the talent and persistence of some of Africa's favorite music composers, band leaders and their struggle to have a voice. Tickets go on sale on January 9, 2014 at or at the box office, 1333 H St. NW D.C

Thursday, October 10, 2013
The band came out to support a great cause on Saturday, October the 12th @ Tropicalia DC
We are spreading the word to artists who can help move change along for under age marriage victims. A poem written by Orode Faka, founder of She R.O.C.K.S. organization which is focused on the same goals, was read by Eme. By reading the poem we hope to encourage others to create art, literature, music, anything of expressive value in support of She R.O.C.K.S. We will have more on this shortly, stay tuned!

Pics by Steve Balderson

Pics by Steve Balderson

Tuesday October 1st, 2013
Eme's birthday! The partying started the night before, September 30th. We had a great performance at The DC Mayor's Heritage Celebration held at Howard Theater. What a fantastic spot to perform in. Check out some pictures below. Also visit Eme & Heteru's Facebook Page for more pictures.

Pics by Kim Yvette Ayubu

Sunday, August, 11, 2013
Eme & Heteru, joins in the ongoing petition to end child marriages in Nigeria, Africa and all over the world.
"The right to development is the measure of the respect of all other human rights.That should be our aim: a situation in which all individuals are enabled to maximize their potential, and to contribute to the evolution of society as a whole."-Kofi Annan
Sign the petition here!

Kenyan Vocalist, Atemi Ayungu will join us on August 24th at Tropicalia DC for a performance dubbed, "East meets West, Early Show".
Click here for more information.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013
"Eme & Heteru burned up the stage at Ossian Hall Park last night. Specializing in high-energy AfroRoots music" more here;  "Eme & Heteru bring afroroots to Ossian Park" -Annandaleva blogspot

Pics by Bright Young Things & Erin Benton
Sunday June 02, 2013
Washington DC pays tribute to Nigerian Novelist, Critic and Political Activist, Chinua Achebe at the Mellon Auditorium. We were a last minute addition to the festivities, and are grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of such a special way to celebrate Professor Achebe's life with his family, peers, friends and dignitaries from around the world. The event was hosted by Johnetta Cole, former President of Spelman & Bennet Colleges.

"An evocative Arts exhibition featuring Obiora Udechukwu and other artists, as well as a reception began the celebrations. While the background Afro-beat music of Eme and Heteru electrified the audience. Other musical and dance acts of the evening for Achebe's celebration were the riveting Igbo masquerade dancers, such as "Oja (Ojii) Onu" "Aga ba Masquerade, and "Ijele Masquerade, who performed to honor the dead, a person they believed lived in "immortal state" in spiritual world. " - Huffington Post

Our music continues to attract and interest audiences from all walks of life, and as we deepen our connections in the community, we find ourselves able to unite people of all races, creeds and beliefs.
In addition to performing on several occasions at the Smithsonian's African Museum's "Africa Underground", the band enjoys multi-cultural appeal with invitations to performances at the Bob Marley Tribute in Wilmington, Delaware, The Shrine in NYC, City Club of Washington and many more such eclectic venues.

  Pics by Erin Benton & El-Shamesh photos

Pics by Erin Benton & Kim Yvette Ayubu

Recently featured on Inspiration and Motivation radio show, 'Powordful', which is broadcast to thousands of listeners in the UK. This particular show, received one of the highest number of downloads since the show's inception. Our family of friends continues to grow and we are exceited to get out there to meet all of you. We love YOU and
we enjoy your comments and have selected a few below to share:                                  

"You have fantastic music i love it all the best"
Skyhouse-Portland Oregon, USA
 "Thanks for the inspiration! Peace"
David Flow Mexico City, Mexico
great soundscapes and arrangements fantastic music and style keep up the fantastic music! respect

David Namerow, Philadelphia, PA. USA 

TRILOGY, like the rest of your tracks, cuts cleanly and crisply through the genre clutter with a groove that slices directly to the heart with honest power. This is music with teeth, heart, soul and big brass balls.

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