Qwanqwa

TRUMEAU: Bello questo jazz, vero?
VIOLA (seriosa): Mica tanto. L’unica scena jazz interessante, oggi, è quella etiope
La Grande Bellezza di Paolo Sorrentino 2013

Musica moderna e tradizionale da Addis Abeba, Etiopia, ritmi inauditi, groove, effetti psichedelici, sperimentazioni ardite e momenti di audience partecipation. Ecco il gruppo di punta della nuova scena etiope. Un concerto ipnotico da godersi a occhi chiusi o saltando sulla seggiola dove il violino si mescola a strumenti tradizionali e elettrificati creando un a miscela meticcia e elettrizzante resa esplosiva dalla voce e dal carisma unico di Selamnesh Zemene.
Il violino dell’americana Kaethe Hostetter si fonde con il tradizionale Mesenko (liuto a una corda e una sezione ritmica indubbiamente funky rappresentata dal krar basso e dalle travolgenti percussioni kebero.

QWANQWA (Etiopia/USA)
Selamnesh Zemene voce
Endris Hassan mesenko
Kaethe Hostetter violin
Bubu Teklemariam bass krar
Misale Leggesse kebero

Modern, traditional Ethiopian grooves with a twist!
Psychedelic sounds. Extended experimental moments. Tight arrangements
Audience sing-a-long sections

Qwanqwa (an Amharic word meaning ‘language’) is an international project based in Addis Ababa. At the helm are Kaethe Hostetter on five-string electric violin and Mesele Asmamaw on electric krar. Kaethe was a founding member of Boston’s accomplished exponents of Ethiopian sounds, Debo Band. Mesele has been active as a composer and arranger in Ethiopia for over twenty years, releasing original albums and touring in Africa and Europe, performing traditional music as well as participating in projects with Dutch cross-border experimentalists The Ex and Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love.
In Qwanqwa, he skilfully enhances his krar with electronic effects, creating heavy, roots-based psychedelic textures which roll and tumble with the gracefully gritty sounds of electric violin and masenqo (one-string bowed lute), powered along by an uncompromisingly funky rhythm section of bass krar and kebero drums. This language is universal.

QWANQWA (Etiopia/USA)
Selamnesh Zemene voce
Endris Hassan mesenko
Kaethe Hostetter violin
Bubu Teklemariam bass krar
Misale Leggesse kebero

CONDIVIDI

  • Qwanqwa | live at Alliance Francaise, Addis Abeba
  • Qwanqwa | Kemakem
  • La Grande Bellezza | Jazz Etiope
  • Qwanqwa | live at Roskilde Festival
  • Qwanqwa | live in Addis Abeba