Mulatu Astatke: The Making Of Ethio Jazz

by Abebe Zegeye
Mulatu Astatke: The Making Of Ethio Jazz

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Mulatu was the first Ethiopian jazz music-maker to study abroad and thus be exposed to Western musical trends. When he returned to Addis Ababa he pursued his dream of drawing on the musical heritage of his homeland - a heritage that has been buffeted by Ethiopia's turbulent history - to produce a unique, compelling blend of music: 'Ethiopian sounds with a twist'. In the late 1960s, his Ethio jazz introduced, among other new ideas, the Afro-Latin soul where he played conga, piano, vibraphone and innovative musical arrangements. These included compositions of popular Ethio jazz music which took on a modern, funk, jazz-infused quality that soon had recording companies knocking at his door.
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Mulatu was the first Ethiopian jazz music-maker to study abroad and thus be exposed to Western musical trends. When he returned to Addis Ababa he pursued his dream of drawing on the musical heritage of his homeland - a heritage that has been buffeted by Ethiopia's turbulent history - to produce a unique, compelling blend of music: 'Ethiopian sounds with a twist'. In the late 1960s, his Ethio jazz introduced, among other new ideas, the Afro-Latin soul where he played conga, piano, vibraphone and innovative musical arrangements. These included compositions of popular Ethio jazz music which took on a modern, funk, jazz-infused quality that soon had recording companies knocking at his door.

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