Krar Collective brings mind-blowing Ethiopian grooves, dazzling krar and kebero drums, and stunning vocals rooted in tradition and soaked with contemporary attitude. The unstoppable trio— Temesegen Zeleke on the krar (a five- or six-stringed harp), guest singer Beli Nigussie, and drummer Grum Begashaw—bases its repertoire on traditional Ethiopian songs, but creates a unique style with timeless appeal: All Music Guide says it’s “unlike any other music from Africa in recent years. … at once accessible, beautiful, and energetic.” With vocals full of collective cadences and long solo poems, musical stops and starts that create an organic syncopation, and a krar that alternates from lead to rhythm instrument, Krar Collective is rhythmically spellbinding, and uniquely powerful. Opening for the group will be Seattle-based hip hop artist Gabriel Teodros, member of the groups Abyssinian Creole and CopperWire. His Ethiopian heritage and community outreach are quickly propelling him upward in his hometown’s music scene.
Presented by: Town Hall as part of its Global Rhythms series, curated by Brian Faker. Series supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and Wyncote Foundation NW. Series media sponsorship provided by KBCS 91.3 FM.
Tickets: Subscriptions to the six-concert Global Rhythms season are $110 general/$100 members and are on sale now here. Single-event tickets for Krar Collective: $20 advance/$25 at the door/$20 seniors/$17 Town Hall members/$10 students. A limited number of $5 day-of-show Teen Tix for those 18 and under also will be available.
Doors open: 7:30 pm
Town Hall member benefits: Discounted tickets, priority seating.
Learn more: On YouTube.