Date: 26 April Saturday
Act: Akalé Wubé + DJ Chris Menist
Venue: Rich Mix
Address: 35-47 Bethnal Green Road London E1 6LA
Price: £12 adv / £15 door
Venue phone: 020 7613 7498
Back after their London Jazz Festival debut in November, super-groovy Parisian Ethiojazz band Akalé Wubé bring the atmospheric, danceable, retro-inspired sounds of Golden Age1960s Swingin’ Addis Ababa to the party. http://akalewube.com
Akalé Wubé is a Parisian band devoted totally to the grooves of 60s and 70s Ethiopian music. Since their beginnings in 2009, Akalé Wubé have been exploring passionately and meticulously the musical goldmine of Swingin’ Addis, which they discovered through the “Ethiopiques” compilation curated by Buda Music.After years of absorbing this unique genre, working on a sound of their own through adventurous arrangements and original compositions; after numerous collaborations, two albums, over two hundred concerts and a Ethiopian trip, Akalé Wubé today propose their personal and powerful version of a fantastic Ethiopia. The band excels in building bridges between Ethio-jazz and 70s West-African music (afrobeat), Jamaica (reggae), and even still the New York contemporary scene in the years 2010; a rich melting pot with an obsessively clear direction: communicating to the feet before the mind, a thing sometimes called groove, swing, or even “jawa jawa” in Amharic.
Plus DJ Chris Menist (Paradise Bangkok/Soundway/Finders Keepers) will be spinning original East African vinyl on the night. Expect real rarities from Ethiopia, Sudan and Tanzania.