Mulatu Astatke - New York Addis London The Story Of Ethio Jazz 1965-1975
Its music scene is not what comes to mind first when you think about Ethiopia. It brings more back dramatic memories of colonial wars, Emperor Haile Selassie or 80's starvings and Band Aid concerts. But Ethiopia gave as well birth in the 60's to one of the most prolific musical scene of Africa with a bunch of talented young musicians mixing African music music with Western influences. If you are intererested in this scene, the famous Ethiopiques albums serie is just for you. Educated in England and the US, Mulatu Astatke created his own quartet and ethio jazz, an hypnotic combination of traditionnal Ethiopian melodies with Western instrumentation. His records are still pretty hard to find and this compilation is blessing to get a hand on his best tracks. Mulatu Astatke recently acquired a new fame when Damian Marley sampled Yegelle Tezeta for his project with Nas, As We Enter. Oh No used that song as well on Great Oracle, a track released on his instrumental Ethiopian music influenced projet, Ethiopium. Backpackers Oddisee use the song on Khartoum. Mulatu Astatke traces (Kasalefkut Hulu) can be found on 8Ball's Pure Uncut and K'Naan's ABC. Other Mulatu songs have been used as well but you won't find them on this compilation.