Surge 2020: Krar Collective Cancelled
Krar Collective serve up a colourful feast of funked-up Ethiopian grooves based on traditional music.
Led by Temesgen Zeleke, a former student of Ethiojazz legend Mulatu Astatke, Krar Collective perform a rootsy yet contemporary take on traditional music from Ethiopia based on other-worldly modes and driven by hypnotic rhythms. The traditional acoustic krar lyre is associated with the azmari minstrel tradition; electrified, in the hands of Zeleke it becomes a gritty, ancient rock guitar.
Accompanied just by traditional and super-tight kebero drums played by Grum Begashaw and fronted by stunning vocals of Genet Assefa, Krar Collective create a surprisingly full band sound, leading one critic to name them ‘The Ethiopian White Stripes’. With songs that journey from gently, rippling acoustic numbers to truly rabble-rousing, this music that is at once African, and yet unique to Ethiopia will move your soul and rock your feet.