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Mulatu Astatke

The Father of Ethiopian Jazz

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What Fela Kuti was to afrobeat, Bob Marley was to reggae and The Beatles were to modern pop music, that is what Mulatu Astatke is to ethio-jazz. You can call his music a unique blend of pop, modern jazz, traditional Ethiopian music, Latin rhythms, Caribbean reggae and – we’re almost there – uplifting Afro-funk. Astatke is pianist, organist, vibraphonist, percussionist as well as composer and arranger and was, at the time, the first African student to graduate from the famous Berklee College of Music. Amongst others, he has worked with one of the greatest American composers, and jazz legend, Duke Ellington.

 

Mulatu Astatke