The Berklee College of Music in Boston annually bestows honorary doctorates to some of the most influential artists in music. This year, they have chosen the Eagles, Alison Krauss and Mulatu Astatke, known as the father of Ethio-jazz.
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The degrees will be given at the May 12 commencement ceremony at Agganis Arena at Boston University. In addition, the students from the school will present a commencement eve concert performing the music of the honored artists.
The Berklee press release biographies of the honorees are after the cut:
Mulatu Astatke is an Ethiopian musician (piano, organ, vibraphone, percussion), composer, and arranger. 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, Astatke was musically trained in London, New York, and Boston, where he was the first African student at Berklee College of Music. He went on to work with Duke Ellington and other acclaimed jazz artists, found a music school, and open his own club. Astatke's work shepherded in a golden age in Ethiopia's pop and jazz circles from 1968 to 1974. In 2004, he began collaborating with Either/Orchestra, and in 2009, he released an album with the London-based collective the Heliocentrics. Since 2010, Astatke and his band have toured regularly behind Mulatu Steps Ahead, his latest release on Strut Records. For more information, visit Astatke's Facebook page.
The Eagles—Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, and Timothy Schmit—have sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, with five No. 1 singles, six Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, and six No. 1 albums. Their Greatest Hits 1971–1975 is the best-selling album of all time, exceeding sales of 29 million units. The band's Hotel California and Eagles Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 have sold more than 16 million and 11 million albums, respectively. The Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.