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The mighty Krar Collective serve up a mind-blowing feast of exuberant Ethiopian song and dance tunes. 

Led by Temesgen Zeleke, student of jazz legend Mulatu Astatke, the band perform a contemporary take on roots music reflecting the diversity of cultures within Africa’s second most populous country. In the virtuoso hands of Zeleke, the ancient krar lyre becomes a gritty rock guitar, weaving around the stunning vocals of Genet Assefa and the driving rhythms of Amare Mulugeta on traditional kebero drums.

The line-up has recently expanded to include virtuoso Baby Masinko on the extraordinary one-stringed Ethiopian masinko fiddle and Dawit Seyoum on bass krar for added funkiness! 

This event is presented in collaboration with Surge Forward Music and Arts and Celebrating Sanctuary

Image credit: Jacob Crawfurd


One of the grooviest and most hypnotic bands at Damon Albarn’s Africa Express bonanza.

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Image credits: Jacob Crawfurd and Fil Mazzarino