Gigs and Events

Krar Collective

Saturday 25th April

CSB In Partnership with Surge present

Krar Collective

MAC Birmingham - Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH

Main Theatre - 4-5pm

Booking via MAC : £8.50 - £12.50

Krar Collective

Krar Collective serve up a colourful feast of funked-up Ethiopian grooves based on traditional music.

Led by Temesgen Zeleke, a former student of Ethioazz legend Mulatu Astatke, Krar Collective perform a rootsy yet contemporary take on traditional music from Ethiopia based on other-worldly modes and driven by hypnotic rhythms.  The traditional acoustic krar lyre is associated with the azmari minstrel tradition; electrified, in the hands of Zeleke it becomes a gritty, ancient rock guitar. Accompanied just by traditional and super-tight kebero drums played by Grum Begashaw and fronted by stunning vocals of Genet Assefa, Krar Collective create a surprisingly full band sound, leading one critic to name them. ‘The Ethiopian White Stripes’.  With songs that journey from gently, rippling acoustic numbers to truly rabble-rousing, this music that is at once African, and yet unique to Ethiopia will move your soul and rock your feet.

one of the grooviest and most hypnotic bands at Damon Albarn’s Africa Express bonanza” by Time Out.


This event is part of Surge in Spring IV Festival which will be bringing a kaleidoscopic mix of music, dance and art to Midlands Arts Centre, 12 - 9pm Saturday 25 April.

For further festival details and to book tickets visit

Supported by Ther National Lottery through Arts Council England