Following a string of sold-out shows, this April the father of Ethio-Jazz returns to London for two unique shows at Camden’s iconic Jazz Café.
A cult figure in the world of global music, Mulatu Astatke is known for his blend of pop, jazz, traditional Ethiopian music, Latin rhythms, Caribbean reggae, and Afro-funk.
The first African ever to graduate from the prestigious Berkley College of Music, he began recording in New York city in the early 1970s; developing the unique mix of American jazz and Ethiopian styles that would go on to become his trademark sound.
Today his music sounds more contemporary than ever, a fact possibly due to the hip hop artists who sampled his tunes (from Nas to Kanye West) and to a 2009 collaboration with London psyche-jazz ensemble the Heliocentrics.
His performances at the Jazz Café will be one not to miss.