Nubya Garcia's Ethio-Jazz Odyssey
Gemma Cairney takes rising British jazz star Nubya Garcia to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa for an Ethio jazz collaboration with local guitarist Girum Mezmur.
Nubya Garcia travels to Addis Ababa Ethiopia for a musical collaboration with local musicians where Ethio-jazz is enjoying a comeback.
Saxophonist and composer, Nubya Garcia, is one of the leading forces behind the resurgence of jazz-influenced sounds in the UK and a rising young star of the London jazz scene and won UK Jazz Act of the Year Award in 2019.
Born and raised in north London, Garcia began her music education at Camden Music, before joining Tomorrow’s Warriors in her late teens, and completing her training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music. She went on to perform in small gigs and impromptu jazz sessions around London, her audience growing organically, and eventually began headlining her own shows around the world.
Nubya will travel to Ethiopia where Ethio-jazz is enjoying a comeback amongst the younger generation at venues across the city in Addis Ababa.
She will be collaborating with local jazz musicians including guitarist Girum Mezmur who has played a central role in the resurgence of live music and Ethiopian jazz in Addis and founder of the Addis Acoustic Project as well as incorporating Edom Bahru a local poet who performs at Fendika Arts and Culture Centre .
Presented by Gemma Cairney
Produced by Jax Coombes
A BBC 6 Music Production for BBC Radio 4