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Mulatu Astatke @ Koko

Sun 18th November 2012 - This event has already happened

Mulatu Astatke

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Venue Info

Region: London
Address: 1a Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JE
Starts: 19:00
Price: £20 - £20
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Continents: Africa
Countries: Ethiopia

Artist's / Dj's

Mulatu Astatke


Jazz, Ethiopian


Performance: Live
All Seated Event: No


2 for the Road Productions proudly present Mulatu Astatke live at Koko, Nov 18th.

Mulatu Astatke is an Ethiopian musician (piano, organ, vibraphone, percussion), composer, and arranger. He is known as the father of Ethio-jazz, a unique blend of pop, modern jazz, traditional Ethiopian music, Latin rhythms, Caribbean reggae, and Afro-funk. Born in 1943, Astatke was musically trained in London, New York City, and Boston, where he was the first African student at Berklee College of Music. He went on to work with Duke Ellington and other acclaimed jazz artists, found a music school, and open his own club. Astatke's work shepherded in a golden age in Ethiopia's pop and jazz circles from 1968 to 1974.

In 2004, he began collaborating with Either/Orchestra, and in 2009, he released an album with the London-based collective the Heliocentrics. Since 2010, Mulatu and his band have toured regularly behind Mulatu Steps Ahead, his latest release on Strut Records.

Mulatu's music crosses borders, The 'Ethiopiques' CD series has opened a new audience to his 'Ethio-jazz' experiments, but it wasn't until Jim Jarmusch's 'Broken Flowers' film featuring his music heavily that momentum started to gather and a young generation of urban artists started sampling his music. The greatest example being Nas & Damian Marley's sample of 'Yegelle Tezeta'

Here joined by a cast of very special guests, Mulatu is making his long awaited London return, playing old favorites as well as tracks from his new EP to be released this autumn. Don't miss this opportunity to see the father of Ethio-Jazz live in London.

Part of the London Jazz Festival in association with BBC 3

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