© Maud Mentink

Mercato Workers & Han Bennink (ET, NL)

The name Mercato dates back to the short occupation by the Italian fascists (1935-1941). By the way the only foreign rule in more than 3000 years of Ethiopian history. The place itself is overwhelming: the giant Mercato in the center of Addis Abeba is biggest market in Africa. Here everything one can imagine is traded and recycling is flowering. The material poverty from which a lot of Africans suffer is faced by fantasy and creativity and revives used goods. The Mercato Workers handle metal and are unmistakeable with their percussive, polyrhythmic sounds. With a wink Melaku Belay calls them his band. Actually he has put them on stage a couple of times and dedicated his movies Ahun! to them. 

The metal workers will be countered by an old hand of moers festival. The Dutch drummer Han Bennink who even toured with Eric Dolphy (!) in 1964, was already part of the first New Jazz Festival Moers in 1972. Followed by numerous appearances. His unique and highly energetic style belongs to the European jazz just like Peter Brötzmanns saxophone or   Albert Mangelsdorffs trombone. Besides his virtuosic drumming he is also a gifted humorist. It will be interesting to see on which level the Mercato Workers and Bennink will meet!