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Album Review

To some, the term "Ethiopian jazz" might seem impossible; after all, it's a very American form. But what's truly surprising isn't the fact that these musicians play jazz so well, but the range of jazz they manage, from the George Benson-ish guitar workout of "Munaye" to the twisting sax of "Tezeta." Really, though, it's more Jimmy Smith than Duke Ellington in its aim (although Ellington is on the cover, on stage with Mulatu Astatke, the bandleader behind all these selections). The grooves often smoke rather than swing, with some fiery drumming, most notably on "Yekermo Sew," and throughout the guitar is very much to the fore as a rhythm instrument. Perhaps the most interesting cut, however, is "Yekatit," from 1974, which is Astatke's tribute to the burgeoning revolution which would oust Emperor Haile Sellassie. Some of these pieces, certainly "Dewel," has seen U.S. release before; the track appeared in 1972 on Mulatu of Ethiopia, which was Astatke's third American LP, showing that jazz aficionados, at least, had an appreciation for what he was achieving in the horn of Africa. Given that many of his musicians had graduated from police and military bands, they knew their instruments well, and had plenty of practice time, which shows in the often inventive solos that dot the tracks. Varied, occasionally lyrical, but interesting throughout, this shines a fabulous spotlight on a hidden corner of jazz.

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Ehtiopian funk is good for the heart

I love love love Ethiopian funk/jazz. A friend turned me on to Mahmoud Ahmed when I was in a bad place and it helped me through as it continues to. It has a joy and sadness unparalled in most other forms of music I have heard. When I put on the "Broken FLowers" DVD and the beautiful music of Mulatu Astatqe began playing, I was in heaven. The film was weak, but the soundtrack superb if only for the reggae and Ethipian music. This mixture of traditional ethiopian scales against western instrumentaiton and arrangments is a wonderful and bizarre music. Like no other. Download and experience bliss and mystery.

cooled out afro-jazz

I found Mulatu Astatqe after seeing 'Broken Flowers' - so glad I sought this album out after enjoying his songs on the soundtrack. this is some terrifically chilled out afro-jazz. a great album for a joint and a bbq.

some of the best jazz funk

this album opened the world of authentic 60-70's afro-jazz for me. I also got it after hearing it on Broken Flowers, and ever since I've been collecting albums from Astatke and others of this period (T.P Orchestra Poly-Rythmo, The Black Santiagos). Dengue Fever takes from Astatke's rhythym.


Born: 1943 in Ethiopia

Genre: Jazz

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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