Formed in London, England about six years ago, émigré Ethiopian band Krar Collective create a timeless, otherworldly sound through their principal instrument the krar (played by Temesgen Zeleke), which is supported by kebero drums (Grum Begashaw) and the ululating (intense wailing) vocals of Genet Assefa. Krar Collective’s goal is to interpret songs and dances from all over Ethiopia (That’s a lot of styles!) and put them on the international stage. They believed that sticking to a spare instrumental lineup and avoiding Western instruments altogether would prove a strength. The six‐stringed acoustic krar resembles a small harp, but Temesgen has electrified this uniquely Ethiopian instrument, wielding it like a guitar or a violin as the song requires. In his hands, plugged in and strummed with hypnotic vibes, the non‐fretted krar becomes a gritty, ancient rock guitar, contributing to a sound full of jangling grooves, mysteriously haunting melodies, eruptions of bass harmony, and so much more.
Genet Assefa, a former pop singer living in London, England, has the power to rival any Ethiopian diva you’ve ever heard. She possesses a seemingly endless repertoire of dance moves, as well as an equally endless wardrobe. The spellbinding rhythms of the double‐headed kebero drum provide the trio’s backbeat. Traditionally used to accompany the ancient religious celebrations of the Ethiopian Orthodox church, the kebero finds a new home in the seductive but spare grooves of Krar Collective’s performances. No flashy solos here: just top‐notch playing which, sometimes, is heavy enough for hard rock, yet, at other times, can be as soft as rice shifting in a silk purse. Because of its raw, minimalist instrumentation and intense delivery, Krar Collective has been dubbed “The Ethiopian White Stripes;” however, its sound is much bigger and most of its songs are longer.
Tuesday, 28 June 2016
Ethio-Canadian Association of London expresses its deepest condolences in the passing of Ato Abraham Gabre Sebhatleab. He was a fatherly figure in our community. As his presence in any social gathering was strongly felt he will be missed in his absence. His prayer, kind words and gesture of respect will always be remembered.
As we extend our sincere condolences to his beloved wife Woizero Lemlem, children and extended family, we wish his soul to rest in peace!!
THE ETHIO-CANADIAN ASSOCIATION IN LONDON ONTARIO
World partnership walk was held on the 5th of June 2016 at Victoria Park in London Ontario. It was a huge success and we made the difference!!
The “WALK” was organized by Aga Khan Foundation of Canada (AKFC) to “END GLOBAL POVERTY”.
Many Ethiopians and Ethio-Candadians took this chance and STEPPED FORWARD to help END GLOBAL POVERTY.
The walk supports programs that enable communities in Africa and Asia to lift themselves out of poverty and build better futures. This partnership with AKFC will help us coordinate our future goals to help our brothers and sisters in Ethiopia.
As part of the program, our youth group presented a spectacular cultural dance to the public at large at Victoria Park. They let Londoners know that our community is vibrant and are alive …They did it for “ETHIOPIA”
Thank you for your support and WE ARE PROUD OF YOU!!!!
The Ethiopian Community Association in London Ontario has organised a GARAGE SALE on Saturday, 28 May 2016. The Garage Sale will be held at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, located at 430 Elizabeth Street.
Bring the items you don’t want and help your community by raising some funds. Table can be provided. If you can’t come, bring the item to us and we will take care of it.
The Garage Sale starts at 10 am. See you there!!!
መልካም ፋሲካ ለሁሉም የክርስትና ሃይማኖት ተከታዮች በሙሉ።
እንኳን ለብርሃነ ትንሣዔው በሰላም አደረሳችሁ።
ጀግናዋ እቴጌ ጣይቱ ለጣልያን የተናገሩት ነገር እንዲህ የሚል ነበር “ … የዛሬ ሳምንት አድርገው፡፡ እኔ ሴት ነኝ፡፡ ጦርነት አልወድም፤ ነገር ግን ሀገሬ እንደዚህ ያለ ክብር የሚነካ ዘለፋ ከምትሸከም ጦርነትን እመርጣለሁ፡፡ ሂድ መንገዱን ጨርቅ ያድርግልህ! እግሩን ለጠጠር፤ ደረቱን ለጦር አስጥቶ፤ ደሙን ለሀገሩ ፍቅር አፍስሶ፤ ለአፈሩ ክብር ለብሶ፤ እሱ ወድቆ ሀገሩን የማያቆም እዚህ ያለ እንዳይመስልህ! ሂድ! የኢትዮጵያን ሰው ባታውቀው ነው፡፡ ለሀገሩ መሞት ማለት ለሀበሻ ጌጡ ነው፡፡ ሂድ ባሻህ ግዜ ተመለስ ተሰናድተን እንጠብቅሃለን፡፡ ያንተን ወንድነትና የጣይቱን ሴትነትም ያን ጊዜ እናየዋለን ሂድ መንገዱን ጨርቅ ያድርግልህ፡፡”