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Music - London Jazz Festival - Krar Collective & Akalé Wubé

Friday 15th November 2013

As part of The London Jazz Festival 2013, Krar Collective & Akalé Wubé will be performing at Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA on Friday 15th November. The performance starts at 8:00pm.

Akalé Wubé is a Parisian band devoted to the Golden Age grooves of 60s and 70s Ethiopian music. Since their beginnings in 2009, Akalé Wubé have passionately and meticulously explored the musical goldmine of Swingin' Addis, which they discovered through the legendary Ethiopiques series. Whilst staying true to the retro spirit, they have created a sound of their own through adventurous arrangements and original compositions.

After numerous collaborations, two albums, over two hundred concerts and an Ethiopian road trip, Akalé Wubé today are one of Europe’s most exciting re-interpreters of this ‘cult’ genre, adding 70s Afrobeat, reggae, and sounds from the New York contemporary scene to an Ethio-jazz base, but always with an obsessively clear direction: communicating to the feet before the mind, a thing sometimes called groove, swing, or “jawa jawa” in Amharic.

Following an electric collaboration in Paris earlier in 2013, funked-up Ethio-roots band and Rich Mix favourites Krar Collective have invited Akalé Wubé to make their UK début at this exciting London Jazz Festival double bill. Krar Collective, dubbed ‘the Ethiopian White Stripes’ for their gritty minimal sound and “one of the most rousing, reliable new African bands of the year” (The Guardian), were picked out as “one of the grooviest and most hypnotic bands at Damon Albarn's recent Africa Express bonanza” (Time Out) Expect plenty of musical sparks and that Ethiopian body poppin’.

Tickets, £15.50, £13 adv, can be purchased via the Rich Mix website.

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