Mulatu Astatke: New York-Addis-London (LP)
The Story Of Ethio Jazz 1965-1975
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Mulatu Astatke - New York - Addis - London - The Story Of Ethio Jazz 1965-1975
This collection of tracks from the Ethiopian bandleader shows the power of his unique fusion.
Ethio jazz was never a commercial success in Ethiopia. That Ahma and Philips Ethiopia even saw fit to release any of it is a credit to their commitment to art over commerce, and even today it remains little-heard in its homeland. But Mulatu was a master craftsman and one of the most supremely inventive composers of a time when an awful lot of creative music was being made around the world. He's still going today, guesting on radio shows and teaching in Addis, and he released a great album with London's the Heliocentrics as his backing band earlier this year. But even if he'd disappeared after 1975, his legacy would be sealed.
Rating=9/10 Review by Joe Tangari pitchfork.com
|A2||I Faram Gami I Faram|
|C3||Girl From Addis Ababa|
|C5||Ené Alantchie Alnorem|