International Acts represented by Patchwork Music
When their first album, A Town Called Addis, was released back in 2008 it was hailed as one of the most inventive fusion albums of the year, with its blend of contemporary and traditional Ethiopian styles, jazz and dub reggae. This may have started out as a studio-based project, but Dub Colossus went on to prove that they were also a rousing live band, with Dubulah stepping back and encouraging the African musicians to dominate many of the songs on stage. Then in 2011 came a second, even more varied and sophisticated album that moved the experiment on, with a live show to match.
Dub Colossus are a full 12 piece band. 5 af the band are based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the remainder in the UK.
Samuel Yirga’s musical life so far has been full of obstacles: social restrictions, family regulations, hurdles thrown up by life. Yet in the face of all of this, the young and gifted pianist who grew up in the capital of Ethiopia and the centre of the heady mix of music known as Ethiojazz, at last has his time to shine.
Bringing contemporary and classical jazz, celebrated pop songs from the golden era of Ethiopian music, traditional Ethiopian rhythms and deeply-felt classical piano undertones, this young man from Addis has opened up a whole new door on a musical genre and region which has already grabbed the interest of many people around the world.
Samuel can perform either solo, as a duo, or quartet. All musicians are based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.