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Ukandanz Live 2023 (Medley)
uKanDanZ - Tchuhetén Betsèmu (clip)
uKanDanZ - Belomi Benna (clip)

Aesthetes know it very well. Whether in music or alcohol, craziest mixtures can create the strongest emotions. Ukandanz cocktail proved it already, yet it is coming back again with an explosive formula. Ethiopia’s ancient beats keeps being shaken by garage rock and libertarian jazz… If you wondered if the Swinging Addis’ heart was still beating, we know who is handling the electroshock therapy nowadays! During a dozen years of trips and five albums, Ukandanz gained a reputation in the world of globalized music. The band is back for a new epic towards the sources of its music. The modern cantor and electric griot Asnake Gebreyes is pointing the direction to a musicians’ pack in working order to agitate a bit more the trip between France and Ethiopia. Those love as much getting lost in crossroads as gathering together in detours… Even if they have no sense of direction, they have the sense of epic! The fuel of this modern trance’s machine remains in the Ethiopic soul, with two fundamental elements: the elastic voice of one of the greatest figure of the present Addis Adeba’s scene (Asnake Gebreyes) and the compositions of Damien Cluzel, who is never more comfortable than experiencing musical or cultural crossovers. As far as the physical existence of the band is concerned, the bodies exult in rock’s energies and in improvisation’s catharsis (and vice versa). Damien Cluzel switches from guitar to bass without losing any electricity and he opens up a new field of possibilities in terms of composition. The lifelong partner Lionel Martin blows hot and cold with a sound footprint that irradiates up to the silences that come along. Fred Escoffier, keyboarder who has proved his rhythmical solidity with the fine flower of French jazz, comes back with his virtuosity and his appetite for unfettered improvisation. It is up to the rookie Thomas Pierre, tremendous drummer with a wide range of shades, to complete the polyrhythmic edifice in order to support an abundant music, between structures inspired by traditions and controlled slides coming from modernity.

ALBUM Kemekem ከመከም

The shape shifting Cie 4000, beautiful weapon of mass distractions, is thrilled to announce the arrival of the last-born… A brand new crunchy troublemaker who comes to shake really hard the musical codes of the global village ! Ukandanz is back with “Kemekem”, a few months after the release of an instrumental album. The combo finds its voice back with the iconic singer Asnake Gebreyes, still gushing on millennial energies from his native Ethiopia. Combining Ethiopian musical tradition with a contemporary and libertarian reinterpretation, Ukandanz continues its work of public utility with this new opus. With as much subtlety as savagery, the band offers a new version of the Ethiopian crunch whose it is an inestimable pioneer. The fundamental polyrhythms explode on contact with progressive rock, punk music and sound experiments of this pack tightened by years of live music. New instrumental textures stay printed from the last album recorded without Asnake Gebreyes. His come-back raises the temperature a bit more… He is an incandescent prophet of a powerful and unbridled celebration!

"No formatting, no fuss, Ukandanz delivers sincere, inhabited music, ready to put us into a trance." RADIO NOVA

"A style that they call “Ethiopian crunch” and which transports us into a trance through the seven pieces of the dance – as their name suggests." LE MONDE AFRIQUE


"A program which combines large extracts from their second album “Awo” with their reflections in the mirror of time, that of the precursors of Ethio-jazz"  Benjamin Hertz FRANCE MUSIQUE


- New live video fall 2024

- New single January 2025

- New Album April 20225


No Border Festival, Druga Godba, Copacobana Festival, Clandestino Festival, Les Suds à Arles, Sziget, La Rodia, La Sirène, Amersfoort World Jazz Festival, Le Point Ephémère, La Nouvelle Vague, L’Astrolabe, L’Autre Canal, Le Grand Mix, L’Epicerie Moderne…

tour 2024

10.05  What Jazz is and Isn’t Bienne (CH)

11.05  La Fraternelle Saint-Claude (39)

12.05  Le Bout du Monde Vevey (CH)

16.05  Le Gorille Gap (05)

17.05  La Brasserie du Pilat Saint-Julien-Molin-Molette (42)

18.05  Fest des Dindes Folles Rivolet (69)

20.05  Studio Session 

21.05  Studio Session 

22.05  Studio Session 

24.05  Le Kilimandjaro Dunkerque (59)

25.05  Festival Musaïka Mulhouse (68)

29.06  Black Atlantique Club Lyon (69) Canceled

05.07  La Guinguette Ensablée St-Hilaire-de-Riez (85) Canceled

06.07  Le Héron Carré Angers (49) Canceled

07.07  La Lampisterie Brassac-les-Mines (63) Canceled

09.08  Sziget Fest Budapest (Hu)

10.08  Malomfesztivál Orom (Rs)

14.08  Le Brin de Zinc Chambéry (73)

15.08  Le Fotomat Clermont-Ferrand (63)

16.08  Fest Musicalété Annemasse (74)


Thibault  +33 6 60 68 26 08

5 musicians + 1 technician, based in Lyon / Addis Ababa, available in March-April 2025, July 2025, fall 2025

Asnaké Gebreyes: vocal lead
Lionel Martin: tenor sax
Damien Cluzel: bass
Fred Escofier: keyboards
Thomas Pierre: drums

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