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New York - Addis - London: The Story of Ethio Jazz 1965​-​1975

by Mulatu Astatke

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The Execrable Bede From the opening notes of the compelling "Yèkèrmo Sèw" to the haunting end of the 20th track, "Tezeta" (both recorded in 1972), this is a spellbinding compilation. Each and every track deserves the designation "favorite". Buy this album -- Your mind, body and soul will thank you. Favorite track: Nètsanèt.
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Roger Walkin bouncey jangly jivin' so catchy Favorite track: Emnete.
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Joseph Renshaw This is the best record I've heard in ages. Every note of every instrument on every track is compelling. 10/10 Favorite track: Tezeta.
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Paco Somewhat reminiscent of Buena Vista Social Club, but more memorable and with more variety. Glad to have found it. Favorite track: Emnete.
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Brian van Weijen Mulatu's music will charm you into an exotic realm of mystique, playfulness, cool grooves and thrilling rhythms. Favorite track: Dèwèl.
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    1. Yèkèrmo Sèw 04:13
    2. I Faram Gami I Faram 05:33
    3. Shagu 03:05
    4. Mulatu 05:01
    5. Fikratchin with Menelik Wossenatchew 03:04
    6. Yègellé Tezeta 03:14
    7. Asiyo Bellema feat. Frank Holder & Niaaza Alsherif 02:52
    8. Emnete 03:29
    9. Lanchi Biye with Tilahun Gessesse 03:08
    10. Yefikir Tizita 04:07
    11. Yèkatit 03:53
    12. Ebo Lala with Seifu Yohannes 03:34
    13. Wubit with Muluken Melesse 05:31
    14. Dèwèl 04:13
    15. Mascaram Setaba 01:50
    16. Girl From Addis Ababa 03:49
    17. Kasalèfkut Hulu 02:42
    18. Nètsanèt 05:32
    19. Ené Alantchie Alnorem 04:59
    20. Tezeta 06:13

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Shagu 03:05
Mulatu 05:01
Emnete 03:29
Yèkatit 03:53
Dèwèl 04:13
Nètsanèt 05:32
Tezeta 06:13


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. As Mulatu says, “it took a long time to get the balance, to let the colours and the feelings of the Ethiopian modes shine through.” Returning to ‘Swinging Addis’ during the late ’60s, he became a pivotal figure, arranging for many of the country’s top vocalists and developing rich, dense textures in his own music during the final years of Selassie’s reign and the mid-‘70s rule of the Derg Communist military junta.

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.


released January 1, 2009


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Mulatu Astatke Jimma, Ethiopia

The pioneer of Ethio jazz, Mulatu Astatke developed his sound through studies in the UK during the ‘50s and a series of seminal recordings for domestic label Amha before travelling to New York to record the ‘Mulatu Of Ethiopia’ album. Since collaborating with The Heliocentrics in 2009 for Strut, he has continued recording and is a major draw on the global touring circuit. ... more

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