Krar Collective – Ethiopian Roots Live In Copenhagen
This Friday the 4th of May you can hear raw Ethiopian roots in Copenhagen, when the Ethiopian group Krar Collective plays at the venue Global at Nørrebro. Fans of Addis Rumble can buy tickets for only 40 kr. (+ fee) in advance. Tickets at the entrance cost 80 kr.
Click HERE to find out how to get your cheap ticket for the concert. Then read about Krar Collective below and listen to them here.
“Krar Collective rock!” – fRoots Magazine
“I never expected to find this Ethiopian music gem hidden away in London. Krar Collective manage to achieve the right balance between the rawness of their roots and the subtleties of their innovative spirit. Precise without being too academic, funky without being too loose. I was really impressed.” – Andy Morgan, former manager of Tinariwen
Led by Temesgen Zeleke, a former star pupil of Ethiopian vibraphone legend Mulatu Astatke, Krar Collective perform a rootsy yet contemporary take on traditional music from Ethiopia based on other-worldy modes and driven by hypnotic rhythms. The 6-stringed krar lyre is associated with the azmari minstrel tradition; in the hands of Zeleke it becomes a gritty, ancient rock guitar. Accompanied just by drums and fronted by the stunning voice of Genet Assefa, Krar Collective create a surprisingly full band sound, leading one critic to name them ‘The Ethiopian White Stripes’. With gentle ballads and high-energy dance tunes, Krar Collective will surprise and delight. Selected in 2011 to give a showcase at the prestigious Womex World Music Expo in Copenhagen, their first album will be released on the Riverboat label of the World Music Network in 2012.