The Black Jesus Experience at the African Jazz Village


Black Jesus Experience, an Ethio-jazz band from Melbourne, Australia, held a performance at the African Jazz Village located in Ghion Hotel on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Since 2009 the group has worked on the Australian performances by Mulatu Astatke as his backing band as well as their own
In June 2009 they appeared on a segment of Sunday Arts, which was broadcast nationally by ABC-TV. They are also winners of The Age’s “Best Tour 2010” award for their Australian tour with Astatke.
Black Jesus Experience have played numerous festivals including Glastonbury Festival, Big Chill, City of London Festival, WOMADelaide, The Big Day Out and Melbourne Jazz Festival, supported Tony Allen and toured Europe and Ethiopia.
Their fourth album, Migration received the ‘Best Global/Reggae album’ accolade at The Age’s 2014 Music Victoria awards.
In 2016, Black Jesus Experience released their 5th studio album Cradle of Humanity a collaboration with Mulatu Astatke, followed by an Australian and New Zealand tour including the 2016 Melbourne Jazz Festival.
The nine piece band play an irresistibly danceable blend of traditional Ethiopian song and 21st Century groove. With backgrounds as diverse as the 5 countries the members of BJX hail from, their music reflects the multicultural vibrancy of the band’s hometown, Melbourne,
The album Cradle of Humanity was recorded and mixed across 3 continents and completed at the end of their East Africa tour in 2015, including performances at MTN Bushfire Festival in Swaziland, AZGO Festival in Mozambique and African Union Expo in Addis Ababa.
The rhymes and chimes of Black Jesus Experience deliver the power and beauty of Africa through the vocal prism of Hip-Hop and freedom of Funk.