Boom welcomes one legend of its own. Mulatu is the father of the music that became known as Ethiopiques - a compelling fusion of traditional styles with funk, jazz and soul with a superb acoustic trance effect. The album Éthiopiques Volume 4: Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentale, 1969–1974 brought Astatke’s music to a new international audience, perhaps the largest in his career.
Gamo, the first single taken from the album is now available Mulatu, on his first international release, bears witness to an extraordinarily rich career, that has him hailed as the father of Ethio-jazz. From his musical studies at Trinity College London and Berklee College of Music, through groundbreaking recordings for the legendary Amha label in Addis Ababa’s golden age, to his contribution to a recent Jim Jarmush film, his adoption by the musical youth of Europe and the States and sampling by hip hop royalty, Astatke has a unique musical history.
His album Sketches of Ethiopia brings to mind the great arrangements of Gil Evans and late Ellingtonian tone poems and is an homage to the rhythms and dances of Mulatu’s homeland that still provide the engine for his music. It’s also evidence that the grand old man of Ethio-jazz is not standing still.