Friday, June 14, 2013

Mulatu Astatke - "Sketches of Ethiopia" (new 2013 album teaser )

Translated from french with Google Translate 
Main initiator of the African Ethiopian jazz, percussionist (congas and vibraphone) and composer Mulatu Astatke returned with the album "Sketches of Ethiopia" (at Jazz Village) recorded between Addis Ababa and London studios near La Buissonne Avignon. Accompanied by his band the Step Ahead vibrationniste invited artists like Fatoumata Diawara or Kandia Kora.

Mulatu Astatke, born in Jimma in Ethiopia in 1943, studied in London and was the first African artist to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music (Boston). He attended the great names in jazz like Coltrane played with Duke Ellington in the 70's in Ethiopia. This is his fusion of jazz, Latin music and traditional West African music that made ​​him famous. Ariste now worship, it was rediscovered by the reissue of the Ethiopiques collection (Mulatu that had produced), then the use of it by Jim Jarmusch for the soundtrack of the film "Broken Flower"