Krar Collective: Exclusive FREE Download
To celebrate the release of their debut album WMN is giving away an exclusive FREE track from this album.
Krar Collective serve up mind-blowing Ethiopian grooves on this excellent debut. Armed with their krar, kebero drums and stunning vocals, they have created Ethiopia Super Krar – an album rooted in tradition, and soaked with attitude.
Krar Collective are releasing their debut album on Riverboat Records on 10 September.
The Krar Collective is made up of three energetic performers, Temesegen Zeleke on the krar which is a six stringed harp instrument, Robel Tesfaye on traditional Ethopian kebero drums, and singer-dancer Genet Assefa. Their album Ethiopia Super Krar is fixed in tradition but has a fresh take on Ethiopian music. The tracks were recorded to a tape on a 1960s 24 track reel- to reel machine. The krar player, Zeleke, describes their sound as ‘Ethiopian traditional music with a rocky edge.’ The ancient sounds of the krar are heard through the hypnotic, melodic and bluesy music. The group as the title suggest focuses on the krar which is tuned to a pentatonic scale, a scale typically heard in Ethiopian and Eritrean music. It is often played by singer-poet called azmari similar to the West African griot.
Africa Express UK Tour is the place to catch this exciting and energetic Ethiopan band! Alongside Krar Collective you will see legends Toumani Diabate, Baaba Mal and Bassekou Kouyate with newcomers Spoek Mathambo and Nneka to mention a few. Other artists joining the Africa Express train will include: Tony Allen, Carl Barât, Nicolas Jaar, Kyla La Grange, M1 (Dead Prez), M.anifest, John McClure (Reverend and the Makers), The Temper Trap,Marques Toliver, The Very Best (Soundsystem) and Rizzle Kicks and more.
Buy tickets for the event taking place at these locations:
September 3 - Town Hall, Middlesbrough, UK
September 4 - The Arches, Glasgow, UK
September 5 - The Ritz, Manchester, UK
September 6 - Solus ( Cardiff University), Cardiff, UK
September 7 - The Big Top @ Creative Common, Bristol, UK
September 8 - Granary Square at King's Cross, London, UK
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New City Music, Chicago: 'a great showcase of the funky sounds currently made in Crescent City'.
The Guardian, UK, 3*** stars: 'A classy compilation'.
Guardian, UK 4****stars: 'A highly original, compelling set'.
Froots, UK: '... a superb album of an under-represented music ... and comes highly recommended'.