Addis Ken – አዲስ ቀን (“New Day” in Amharic) – is the name of a unique musical project from vocalist and sax player Abate Berihun and pianist Roy Mor, two international artists active in Israel and abroad. A prolific saxophonist, composer and vocalist, Berihun is one of Israel’s most prominent Ethiopian musicians, who has toured and collaborated with musical giants such as Mulatu Astatke, Mahmoud Ahmed and Gigi, and is the founder and leader of influential afro-jazz and ethnic ensembles “Tezeta”, “Ras Dashen” and “Kuluma”.
Addis Ken is Berihun’s new musical project, and it is all about spiritual search, soulful groove and heartfelt blues. Together with David Michaeli (bass) and Nitzan Birnbaum (drums), Berihun brings to the stage original music that fuses Jewish-Ethiopian soul music and prayers passed through the generations with ageless spiritual and mysterious texts. The result is a thrilling encounter between ancient Ethiopian traditions and the legacy of a modern jazz ensemble, steeped in musical adventurousness, deep groove, and the spirit of the blues. The group has performed internationally in festivals and venues in Europe, North America and Central America, and is about to release a new album in 2022.
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