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How Akalé Wubé re-discovered Ethiopia's jazz great Girma Bèyènè

By Alison Hird

Girma Bèyènè is one of the most influential arrangers of the golden age of Ethiopian jazz of the 60s and 70s. After three decades in the musical wilderness, the 70-year old crooner is back on stage with the young French ethiojazz band Akalé Wubé, thanks to  Francis Falceto, producer of the mythic Ethiopiques series.

Bèyènè and Akalé Wubé's Oliver Degabriele talk to RFI about why the comeback feels like a rebirth and the joys of making their new album 'Mistakes on purpose'.

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Girma Béyéné plays on RFI's La Bande Passante Photo: HIRD/RFI

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