Featuring – Seifu Yohannes
Mulatu Astatke (Amharic: ሙላቱ አስታጥቄ; French pronunciation: Astatqé; born 19 December 1943) is an Ethiopian musician and arranger considered as the father of Ethio-jazz. Born in the western Ethiopian city of Jimma, Mulatu was musically trained in London, New York City, and Boston where he combined his jazz and Latin music interests with traditional Ethiopian music.
Born in the western Ethiopian city of Jimma, Mulatu was musically trained in London, New York City, and Boston where he combined his jazz and Latin music interests with traditional Ethiopian music.
In 1972 the composer released the album Mulatu of Ethiopia, introducing the sound, now known as Ethio-jazz, both in Ethiopia and the . Around this time the percussionist collaborated with revered artists including Mahmoud Ahed and Duke Ellington, which represented the golden age of instrumentation and rhythm in Ethiopia’s pop and jazz circles. Following the Derg military junta, the majority of Ethio-jazz labels in Ethiopia were forced to flee, including Amha Records, which had release the bulk of Astatke music in the country.
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Mulatu had been tapped to give a lecture in Canada, but he didn’t understand exactly why he was being asked to talk about his music-the bulk of which was recorded between 1966 and 1974-for a bunch of young people. Originally released in 1972 and newly-reissued, the groundbreaking Mulatu of Ethiopia easily answers that question in under 30 minutes of adventurous, head-nod-inducing music that still sounds new today. These seven melodic tracks take the listener down moody rhythmic paths, all the while accompanied by organ, flute, horns, and Mulatu’s trademark vibraphone.
Mulatu Steps Ahead by Mulatu Astatke, released 01 January 2010 1. Radcliffe 2. Green Africa 3. The Way To Nice 4. Assosa 5. I Faram Gami I Faram 6. Mulatu's Mood 7. Ethio Blues 8. Boogaloo 9. Motherland The first new studio album by the Ethio jazz pioneer in over 25 years features intricate new compositions alongside funky workouts. The Execrable Bede While eight of the ten tracks on "Mulatu Steps Ahead" are collaborations between Astatke and The Either/Orchestra, recorded in London-with horn arrangements by the E/O's Joel Yennior-each track also features performances from musicians recorded in Addis Ababa, intimately and inextricably embedding the "Ethio" in an excellent recording of what Astatke calls.
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About Mulatu Astatke. Ethiopian musician (piano, organ, vibraphone, and percussion), composer, and arranger Mulatu Astatke (the name is spelled Astatqé on his French releases) is a household name in his native country, where he is known as the father of Ethio-jazz, a unique blend of pop, modern jazz, traditional Ethiopian music, Latin rhythms, Caribbean reggae, and Afro-funk.
Arranged By – M. Astatke (tracks: A2 to B1, B3). Liner Notes – Gil Snapper. Written-By – M. Astatke (tracks: A1, B2, B4). Notes. Recorded in Brooklyn, NY. Originally released in 1972. This re-issue comes in full original artwork released as standard and 180gram pressing.