Ethio-jazz lives again with France’s Akalé Wubé

Akalé WubéLike many French musicians, they discovered Ethio-jazz via the series of recordings known as Ethiopiques, compiled by Francis Falceto.

Using flute, saxophone, drums, bass, trumpet and the traditional Ethiopian lyre known as a 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 classic Gubelye by Mulatu Astatke, which gained international renown in the film Broken Flowers by Jim Jarmusch, along with traditional pieces Erikum and Memona, which are not yet available on record.

They performed in RFI’s studios for La Bande Passante – our daily music show in French.

Source: RFI