This week's reader picks come not as a track review, but an artist suggestion from Julia. The artist is Krar Collective.
The krar is a 5 or 6 stringed lute from Eritrea and Ethiopia that often amplified. The Krar Collective is a group based here in London that (obviously) features the krar and plays Ethiopian music with a contemporary edge. Unfortunately, the group has only a few videos available online and the sound quality is not the best, but it does give you an idea of the group's vibrancy and you don't need descent sound quality to admire the energetic dancing.
For a better sound quality sound recording, check out their sample track on their MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/krarcollective