Based in Addis Abeba, the unique collective Ethiocolor draws from the local tradition of Azmari, but they also keep their eyes and ears open for neighbouring cultures – and for what’s being played in the 21st century.
While half of the group employ exotic-sounding instruments such as kebero, mesenqo, and kirar, the other half sing or – if you’re lucky to see them live – dance. Here’s a song from their long-awaited debut album, titled simply “Ethiocolor”.
You can listen to “Ethiocolor” on Spotify and Deeezer. For more news from the band, follow them on Facebook.