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Krar Collective with Nicolae Feraru & His Gypsy Band

September 15, 2013 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm


This London trio of Ethiopian expats formed in 2007 to entertain fellow immigrants from their homeland at weddings, community functions, and cultural festivals, naming itself after the traditional six-string lyre. But before long word got out about the group’s high-energy take on old-school Ethiopian sounds, and its audience quickly grew beyond the community. Last year the group released its stunning debut album Ethiopia Super Krar, where Temesgen Zeleke alternates between the guitar-like electric krar, the spindly and resonant acoustic krar, and the floor-rumbling bass krar. He takes turns singing with the stunning female vocalist Genet Assefa, invoking the most ancient Ethiopian melodies but bringing a decidedly contemporary drive to its repertoire, with propulsion provided by the masterful kebero drumming of Robel Taye.


September 15, 2013
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
201 E.Randolph St.
Chicago, IL United States

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