ABOUT THIS ITEM
Krar Collective, led by Temesgen Zeleke - a former star pupil of Ethiopian legend Mulatu Astatke - serve up mind-blowing Ethiopian grooves on this stunning debut. Armed with their krar, kebero drums and amazing vocals, they created ‘Ethiopia Super Krar’ - an album rooted in tradition, and soaked with attitude.
Funking up their Ethiopian roots, 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, soaring voice of Genet Assefa, Krar Collective create a surprisingly big sound, leading one critic to name them ‘The Ethiopian White Stripes’. With a varied repertoire from gentle ballads to high-energy dance tunes, Krar Collective are set to surprise and delight.
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