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Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu Of Ethiopia - LP Vinyl

$25.49
SKU:
c0014563
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Batch:
4/24/2018
Album:
Mulatu Of Ethiopia
Artist:
Mulatu Astatke
Format:
12" Vinyl

Product Description

Strut present the first official reissue of a landmark album in the field of African music, Mulatu Astatke’s ‘Mulatu Of Ethiopia’ from 1972. Recorded in New York, the album arrived at a time when Astatke had begun to master the delicate fusion of styles needed to create Ethio jazz. “I left the UK for America and studied at Berklee College in Boston. I learnt the technical aspects of jazz and gained a beautiful understanding of many different types of music. That’s where I got my tools. Berklee really shook me up.”

Like much of the best of the circa-early-'70s contemporary Ethiopian music on Ethiopiques, it's a fine, at times captivating blend of late-'60s American soul and jazz with Ethiopian music, resulting in something not quite comparable to anything else. It is undeniably funky, with wah-wah guitar and organ aplenty. There's plenty of contemporary jazz in the arrangements, too, the sax runs sometimes showing the influence of the likes of John Coltrane. Yet there's a melancholy minor cast to the melodies that marks this off as something quite different, and the rhythms likewise have irregularities that are more African than American.
A1Mulatu5:00
A2Mascaram Setaba2:40
A3Dewel4:00
B1Kulunmanqueleshi2:05
B2Kasalefkut-Hulu2:25
B3Munaye3:15
B4Chifara7:00

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