Mulatu Astatke#47

Portrait von Mulatu Astatke
  1. Mulatu Astatke – Yekermo Sew
  2. Edmundo Ross – Melodie d’amour
  3. Frank Holder – Gumbo Lay
  4. Tito Rodriguez – Payaso
  5. Machito & His Afro Cubans – Sentimental Mambo
  6. Ray Barretto – Acid
  7. Sun Ra – Africa
  8. Duke Ellington – In a Sentimental Mood
  9. Mulatu Astatke – Mulatu
  10. Mulatu Astatke – Tezeta

Mulatu Astatke is arguably one of the most influential and legendary musicians from Ethiopia. During the 1960’s, he studied music abroad in London, Boston, and New York. He then returned home to Ethiopia armed with a love for jazz and Latin music. There he blended Ethiopian traditional music with the Latin-jazz he was so fond of to create a unique hybrid he called “Ethio-jazz”… As Ethiopian songs traditionally focused on vocals, his greatest contribution to the music of his country was introducing a new focus on instrumentation.