Krar Collective

Krar Collective

 London, England, GBR
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Led by Temesgen Taraken, a former star pupil of Ethiopian vibes 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 and where required with colourful dancers.

Biography

"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

"Krar Collective were sensational" Jill Turner, Gondwana Sound

Led by Temesgen Taraken, a former star pupil of Ethiopian vibes 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, leading one critic to name them ‘The Ethiopian White Stripes’.

Discography

Track selected for the CD 'Looking for a New England Vol 2' fRoots Magazine Nov 2010