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!
Image credit: Jacob Crawfurd
One of the grooviest and most hypnotic bands at Damon Albarn’s Africa Express bonanza.
Image credits: Jacob Crawfurd and Fil Mazzarino