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MULATU ASTATKE – NEW YORK – ADDIS – LONDON THE STORY OF ETHIO JAZZ 1965-1975

March 2, 2010

BARCODE: 730003305122
CAT No: STRUT051CD
LABEL: STRUT RECORDS

Vibraphone and keyboard player, master arranger and
bandleader, Mulatu Astatke is one of the all-time
greats of Ethiopian music and the creator of his own
original music form, Ethio jazz.
Through the acclaimed Ethiopiques album series
and through featuring on the soundtrack to the
Jim Jarmusch film Broken Flowers, his music has
belatedly reached a global audience and a new,
younger generation of fans.
In November of last year, he recorded an inspired new album
with London psych jazz band The Heliocentrics for Strut’s ‘Inspiration Information’
studio collaboration series. Now, Strut are proud to present, for the first time
anywhere, the definitive Mulatu career retrospective covering his landmark ‘60s
and ‘70s recordings.
Mulatu is a true pioneer of African music. He was the first Ethiopian musician of
his generation to travel extensively and to record abroad – he studied in the UK in
Wales and at Trinity College Of Music in London, cutting his teeth on the buoyant
London jazz scene of the early ‘60s. He became the first African student to attend
Harvard and he lived and recorded in New York, developing a unique sound that
fused Western jazz with traditional Ethiopian melodies.
Tracing the progression of his Ethio jazz experiments with full access to all of the
labels for whom he recorded, Mulatu Astatke: New York-Addis-London is the
essential Mulatu. Covering his first recordings in the UK during 1965, his
groundbreaking fusions for the small Worthy label in New York and his key ‘70s
recordings back in Addis on Amha, Phillips and Axum, the album features
comprehensive sleeve notes by Miles Cleret, boss of the excellent Soundway
Records imprint, and rare, previously unseen photos from Mulatu’s personal
archive.

TRACKLISTING
1. ASIYO BELEMA (feat. Frank Holder)
2. MASCARAM SETABA (with Ethiopian Quintet)
3. I FARAM GAMI FARAM (with Ethiopian Quintet)
4. SOUL POWER (with Ethiopian Quintet)
5. GIRL FROM ADDIS ABABA (with Ethiopian Quintet)
6. SHAGU (Mulatu Astatke Quartet)
7. MULATU
8. DEWEL
9. NETSANET
10. YEKATIT
11. ENE ALANCHIE ALNOREM
12. YEGELLA TEZETA
13. YEKERMO SEW
14. TEZETA
15. EMNETE
16. YEKITIR TEZETA
17. LANCHI BIYE with Tilahoun Gessesse
18. FIKRATCHIN with Menelik Wossenatchew
19. EBO LALA with Seifu Yohannes
20. WUBIT with Muluken Melesse
21. KASALEFKUT HULU with Tilahoun Gessesse

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