Black Jesus Experience

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Black Jesus Experience
Also known asBJX
OriginMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
GenresEthio-jazz, hip hop, jazz
Years active2008 (2008)–present
Associated actsMulatu Astatke, Mahmoud Ahmed, Bob Sedergreen, Blow[disambiguation needed],,
Past members

Black Jesus Experience are an Ethio-jazz band from Melbourne, Australia. Since 2009 they have worked on the Australian performances by Mulatu Astatke as his backing band as well as their own material.[1] Black Jesus Experience blend traditional Ethiopian music with modern hip-hop and funk grooves.[2]

In June 2009 they appeared on a segment of Sunday Arts, which was broadcast nationally by ABC-TV.[3] They are winners of The Age's "Best Tour 2010" award for their Australian tour with Astatke.[4]

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.[5]

Their fourth album, Migration. received the 'Best Global/Reggae album' accolade at The Age's 2014 Music Victoria awards.[6]

In 2016, Black Jesus Experience has 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.[7][8]


  • Black Jesus Experience (2008)
  • Dark Light (2009)
  • Yeluinta (2010)[9]
  • Migration (2014)[10]
  • Cradle of Humanity (with Mulatu Astatke) (2016)
  • To Know Without Knowing (with Mulatu Astatke) (2019)


  1. ^ Nicholas, Jessica (22 November 2011). "Mulatu Astatke at World Music Expo". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  2. ^ Power, Liza (15 June 2009). "Moving to the rhythm of life". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  3. ^ Sunday Arts, ABC, 2009, retrieved 8 July 2015
  4. ^ "The Black Jesus Experience". Daily Planet. Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). 24 March 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Mulatu Astatke (Ethiopia) with the Black Jesus Experience". Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2010. Melbourne Jazz Festival. 8 May 2010. Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  6. ^ Boulton, Martin (16 October 2014). "Victoria's outstanding talent recognised at The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  7. ^ Mulatu Astatke & The Black Jesus Experience: Cradle of Humanity, 2016-06-15, retrieved 2017-04-07
  8. ^ "History | Melbourne International Jazz Festival". Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  9. ^ Black Jesus Experience (Musical group) (2011), Yeluinta, Edge Entertainment. National Library of Australia, retrieved 8 July 2015
  10. ^ Black Jesus Experience (Musical group) (2014), Migration, Black Jesus Experience. National Library of Australia, retrieved 8 July 2015