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With its seamless feats of cross-cultural alchemy, this fourth volume in the ongoing series of Ethiopian and Eritrean jazz performances blows our minds. Free jazz melds with hard bop on the frenetic "Dèwèl (Bell)", while modal jazz fuses with American soul on the ultra-cool "Ené Alantchi Alnorem (I Can't Live Without You)". All of this is presented with a dash of traditional African rhythms folded subtly into the mix, proving that music truly is a universal language.


Born: 19 December 1943 in Jimma, Ethiopia

Genre: World

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Ethiopian musician (piano, organ, vibraphone, and percussion), composer, and arranger Mulatu Astatke (the name is spelled Astatqé on his French releases) is a household name in his native country, where he is known as the father of Ethio-jazz, a unique blend of pop, modern jazz, traditional Ethiopian music, Latin rhythms, Caribbean reggae, and Afro-funk. Born in 1943 in the west Ethiopia city of Jimma, Mulatu studied music in London, New York City, and Boston, where he was the first African graduate...
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