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‘London to Addis’ is a pioneering Grime instrumental compilation, combining for the first time traditional Ethiopian instruments and an all-star line-up of Grime producers. The aim of the project was to bring together the two very different worlds of Grime and traditional Ethiopian Music and explore what can be created by fusing these two styles and exchange knowledge.

Traditional Ethiopian music uses pentatonic scales and different time signatures which inspired the Grime producers to explore and experiment outside of their comfort zone.

Recorded over a week in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, the instruments used are just a small sample of the huge range of Ethiopia’s rich musical heritage which remains largely undocumented outside of the country. Whilst the music of west-African music from countries such as Ghana and Nigeria are more well known in the UK, Ethiopia’s music uniquely combines both African and more Arabic sounds and rhythms as a result of its proximity to the middle east. The project was funded by a new Art new Audiences (nAnA) grant from the British Council’s East Africa Arts Team.

‘London to Addis’ will be released digitally on March 14.

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