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Éthiopiques, Vol. 4: Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentale (1969-1974)

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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.

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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: December 19, 1943 in Jimma, 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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Éthiopiques, Vol. 4: Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentale (1969-1974), Mulatu Astatke
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