Like many French musicians, they discovered Ethio-jazz via the series of recordings known asÃ‚Â Ethiopiques, compiled by Francis Falceto.
Using flute, saxophone, drums, bass, trumpet and the traditional Ethiopian lyre known as aÃ‚Â krar, the young Parisians return to the past, reinterpreting the sounds of the greats like Mulatu Astatke and Getatchew Mekurya but in a markedly modern way.
In this broadcast they talk to us about their love of this music and how Ethiopians in Addis reacted when they took their Western versions “back home”.
You’ll hear them interpret the Ethio-jazz classicÃ‚Â GubelyeÃ‚Â by Mulatu Astatke, which gained international renown in the filmÃ‚Â Broken FlowersÃ‚Â by Jim Jarmusch, along with traditional piecesÃ‚Â ErikumÃ‚Â andÃ‚Â Memona, which are not yet available on record.
They performed in RFI’s studios forÃ‚Â La Bande PassanteÃ‚Â – our daily music show in French.