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Ethio Grooves by Akalé Wubé

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Photo by Flore Anne Roth

The Parisian band devoted totally to the grooves of 60s and 70s Ethiopian music, Akalé Wubé, will be in Southern Africa for a tour!

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 Amharique...

Akalé Wubé has released two albums, “Akalé Wubé” and “Mata”, both critically acclaimed by critics and both have been featured on numerous compilations. The quintet have played more than two hundred concerts, in France, Belgium, Denmark, Morocco, Malta, Ethiopia...

Who are they?!
- Etienne de la Sayette: tenor & baritone saxophone, bansuri flute, washint
- Paul Bouclier: trumpet, percussions, krar
- Loïc Réchard: guitar
- Oliver Degabriele: electric bass
- David Georgelet: drums
- Pierre Dachery: sound


Where and when to see them?!

* Thursday 23 May
Azgo , Maputo


* Saturday 24 May from 9pm
Bassline, 10 Henry Nxumalo, Newtown, Johannesburg
Line up include Vusi Mahlasela - Smarty - Akale Wube - Tumi - Reason - 8Bars Short - Yugen Blakrok - Riky Rick and more  
R 150 @ Computicket & R170 @ Door

* Sunday 25 May at 1pm
Rainbow Restaurant, 23 Stanfield Lane Durban
Info: 031 702 9161 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
R228 on Webtickets or at the door

* Tuesday 27 May at 5pm
Alliance Française 'Ouh La La Café', Maseru
Alliance Française ‘Ouh La La Café’ 
Info on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
M 40 / free for members

* Wednesday 28 May at 8.30pm
The Orbit, 81 de Korte Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Info and bookings on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 011 339 66 45 
R100

* Thursday 29 May at 7pm
Hotel Summerstrand, 39 Marine Dr, Port Elizabeth 
Info and bookings on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

* Saturday 31 May
Bushfire, Swaziland

Find more about them
Website http://www.akalewube.com
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/akalewube
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/AkaleWube

Videos
Bazay (Live @ Maroquinerie, Paris) : http://youtu.be/hoFwv-uKHUM
Metché New (Live @ Astrolabe, Orléans) : http://youtu.be/dGC5iFWUsB0
Sabyé (live recording for radio show “La Moutarde") : http://youtu.be/e7sgBZ9mJrg
More videos on http://www.akalewube.com/Akale_Wube/Akale_Wube_-_Videos.html

Audio
http://akalewube.com/Akale_Wube/Akale_Wube_-_Music.html

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