Black Jesus Experience

Black Jesus Experience

 Collingwood, Victoria, AUS
BandWorldFunk

The rhymes and chimes of Black Jesus Experience deliver the musical strength and beauty of Africa through the vocal prism of Hip-Hop and freedom of Jazz.

Africa meets Australia and dances.

Biography

BLACK JESUS EXPERIENCE is an 8 piece band playing an irresistibly danceable blend of traditional Ethiopian song and 21st Century groove. With backgrounds as diverse as the 5 continents the members of 'BJX' hail from, their music reflects the multicultural vibrancy of the band's hometown, Melbourne, Australia.

When not touring BJX run a weekly session at cultural hub The Horn where BJX create new songs live on stage. The comfort BJX has with this practice lies in the improvising traditions of that feed BJX including Hip Hop, Jazz and Funk.

The music is also fed quite literally before each performance by the ritual of a group meal prepared by singer Enushu and MD Peter Harper in the Ethiopian tradition, "those who eat from the same plate will not betray each other". This inspires and reinforces bonds musical, social and spiritual, bonds BJX invite their audiences to join.

Enushu began entertaining her local community as a child in Addis Ababa. Forced to leave Ethiopia, Enushu migrated to Australia bringing hauntingly beautiful compositions inspired by her remarkable life story and the unique vocal traditions of Ethiopia. Enushu is joined on vocals by poetic giant and lyrical miracle The Monk, Zimbabwe born and Outback bred.

Highlights for BJX include two tours of "the Motherland" Ethiopia, performing sellout shows with Ethiojazz legend Mulatu Astatke in Europe and Australia (an association which won BJX and Mulatu "The Age Best Tour" award) Glastonbury, Big Chill, City Of London Festival, WOMADdelaide, the Big Day Out, Golden Plains and Melbourne International Jazz Festival and supporting Tony Allen among other great festivals.

The rhymes and chimes of Black Jesus Experience deliver the power and beauty of Africa through the vocal prism of Hip-Hop and freedom of Funk.

Lyrics

The Calling

Written By: Black Jesus Experience

Mama Mpenzi wangu
Waca mi nakwambiya.
(x4)

Mi Nakuwaza we ma
Nakuwaza wewe.
(x4)

Waiting
I will be waiting
I will be waiting
I will be waiting.

Stuck in a deadly Jungle
Listening to the Leslie rumble
Still we keep on moving
Ever patient state on the groovin
You know we keep it concise
Every time we're gripping the mike
Spinning it nice
Like we were mice
Slither and slide
You know we stay inside
And like doctors
We stay precise
And when we're on the mike
We make sure that we kick it right
Cos when we come back in the groove
You know it's like stalactites
They're dropping from the roof
And now we keep attacking the mike.

Mi Nakuwaza we ma
Nakuwaza wewe.
(x4)

Waiting
I will be waiting
I will be waiting
I will be waiting.

Random exchanges, strangers nameless faces
straight to the wasted
seemingly free to be smoking the greenery dreamily
so easily I approach
I say I been waiting so long
I need to come on strong
so come along bring it on
we're flipping the rhythm in song
its Black Jesus one time for your mind on the grind
I'm spitting the rhythm Im ripping the flow
my sisters and bro's and those in the know
Black Jesus once again
we've been waiting so long
I'm losing patience but I gotta still bring it on.

Mama Mpenzi wangu
Waca mi nakwambiya.
(x4)

Mi Nakuwaza we ma
Nakuwaza wewe.
(x4)

Waiting
I will be waiting
I will be waiting
I will be waiting.

Teyra sey ba sey ba, teyra sey ba sey ba
(x4)

Well an age may fly by and we're still left to wonder why
We are born with a sense common to all of mankind
Falter, falling, anxious, stalling
Onward and upward can you hear the calling?

Teyra sey ba sey ba, teyra sey ba sey ba
(x4)

Teyra sey ba, teyra sey ba, teyra sey ba
We see it as a calling teyra sey ba sey ba

Mi Nakuwaza we ma
Nakuwaza wewe.
(x4)

Waiting

The Calling

Written By: Black Jesus Experience

Mama Mpenzi wangu
Waca mi nakwambiya.
(x4)

Mi Nakuwaza we ma
Nakuwaza wewe.
(x4)

Waiting
I will be waiting
I will be waiting
I will be waiting.

stuck in a deadly jungle
listening to the lesley rumble
and still we keep on moving
ever patient stay on the groove and
you know we keep it concise
everytime we gripping the mike
spitting it nice, like we were mice
slither and slide, ? on the sly
you know we stay incising, like doctors
we stay precise and when we on the mike
we make sure that we kick it right
cause when we come back in the groove
you know it's like stalactites
they dropping from the roof
and now we keep attacking the mike.

Mi Nakuwaza we ma
Nakuwaza wewe.
(x4)

Waiting
I will be waiting
I will be waiting
I will be waiting.

Random exchanges, strangers nameless faces
straight to the wasted
seemingly free to be smoking the greenery dreamily
so easily I approach
I say I been waiting so long
I need to come on strong
so come along bring it on
we're flipping the rhythm in song
its Black Jesus one time for your mind on the grind
I'm spitting the rhythm Im ripping the flow
my sisters and bro's and those in the know
Black Jesus once again
we've been waiting so long
I'm losing patience but I gotta still bring it on.

Mama Mpenzi wangu
Waca mi nakwambiya.
(x4)

Mi Nakuwaza we ma
Nakuwaza wewe.
(x4)

Waiting
I will be waiting
I will be waiting
I will be waiting.

Teyra sey ba sey ba, teyra sey ba sey ba
(x4)

Well an age may fly by and we're still left to wonder why
We are born with a sense common to all of mankind
Falter, falling, anxious, stalling
Onward and upward can you hear the calling?

Teyra sey ba sey ba, teyra sey ba sey ba
(x4)

Teyra sey ba, teyra sey ba, teyra sey ba
We see it as a calling teyra sey ba sey ba

Mi Nakuwaza we ma
Nakuwaza wewe.
(x4)

Waiting

Discography

Black Jesus Experience (self titled) LP
Dark Light LP
Yeluinta (2010) LP
Migration (2013) LP

Tracks from all albums are receiving radio airplay.

Set List

Our typical repertoire consists of original songs and some Ethiopian traditional music.

1. See
2. Wey Fikir
3. The Calling
4. Mela Mela
5. The Sun, The Moon and The Truth
6. Chapel Of Insanity
7. BB
8. Together
9. Brown Rice
10. Let’s Call Her Sexy
11. Migration
12. B4
13. Guraginya
14. Bohemia
15. After
16. Mother Earth
17. Lonnie's Lament
18. Netsanet
19. Wubit
20. Batti
21. Ethiobop
22. Anche Hoye
23. Africa
24. Yekatit
25. Moonlight in Addis

It is possible to perform anywhere from 1 to 3, hour long sets.