Juju! With Krar Collective


Led by Temesgen Taraken, a former star pupil of Ethiopian vibes player and jazz legend Mulatu Astatke, Krar Collective perform a rootsy yet contemporary take on traditional music from Ethiopia based on other-wordly modes and driven by hypnotic rhythms The 6-stringed Krar lyre is associated with the Azmari minstrel tradition; in the hands of Taraken it becomes a gritty, ancient rock guitar.

Accompanied just by drums and fronted by the stunning voice of Genet Asefa, Krar Collective create a surprisingly full band sound.

Krar Collective manage to achieve the right balance between the rawness of their roots and the subtleties of their innovative spirit.

Discovered in London's Ethiopian community scene, Krar Collective were soon impressing audiences on bigger stages.

They have supported Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics at the Barbican Centre and played the BBC stage at WOMAD to astounding reviews..

"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.




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