Melbourne African Traditional Ensemble

Melbourne African Traditional Ensemble


Tradition, storytelling, language and connection to ancestral heritage through music

The Melbourne African Traditional Ensemble (MATE) produces a warm, halcyon sound which gently carries the listener through a ruminative, cerebral journey.

While the broad latitude and depth of sounds derived from the traditional instruments belonging to the diaspora are distinct individually in timbre, tone and rhythm, they are beautifully united with the overlying warmth and tempo of the stringed instruments and vocals. Scintillating poly rhythms of the mbira and foot percussion dance elegantly beneath the harmonies of the stringed krar (5 stringed lyre) and masinko. Blended into the seamless weave of this aural cloth is a remarkable vocal range.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and The Melbourne African Traditional Ensemble


Anbessa Gebrehiwot Masenqo
Haftu Reda Krar
Valanga Khoza Kalimba flute, jaw harp
Kofi Kunkpe Talking drum, water drum

Due to circumstances beyond the Presenters’ control, Danny Mekonnen is no longer to appear as part of this program.


Valanga Khoza
Sala Khale
I remember
Never forget

Haftu Reda
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Anbessa Gebrehiwot Wedemtahubat meder