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.

Saturday 25 4.00PMApril

World Music


Cannon Hill Park

B12 9QH Birmingham GB

0121 446 3232

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