rfi

On air
  • RFI English Live
  • Latest Bulletin
  • RFI French Live
World music matters
rss itunes

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'.

Follow the band on facebook

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

Salif Keita: 'Golden voice of Africa' prepares release of final album

Sudan's forgotten musical heritage revived with violins and synths

South Africa's Laurinda Hofmeyr sets francophone African poets to music

Yiddish Glory album breathes new life into lost Soviet Jewish WWII songs

British bard L.A. Salami muses on terrorism, Brexit and the lost generation

Aehem Ahmad: the Pianist of Yarmouk finds keys to friendship