Preview: Mulatu Astatke @ Roundhouse (London, 1st February 2016)

Mulatu Astake

In one way or another, everything has already been written about the master of Ethio-jazz. So it’s not easy to unearth a never-used-before reason to encourage people to attend one of the London live music highlights of February and enjoy Mulatu Astatke gig at Roundhouse.

However, next to the creativity and musicianship of the artist born in the Easter Ethiopian town of Jidda, there’s still something which hasn’t been highlighted enough. That is the influence Mulatu Astatke had, has and will have for the decades to come on contemporary music.

In recent years, also thanks to the nth new dawn of Ethio-jazz, many up-and-coming acts of jazz, r&b, nu-soul, electronic and hip-hop scenes have paid tribute to the significance of Multatu Astatke’s career. Examples are The Weeknd, Sons of Kemet, Nicolas Jaar, who are just some of the names who have openly recognised the influence of Astatke’s music on their compositions.

That’s a simple, but symbolic factor to underline the momentousness of the Roundhouse event. Because, even after 50 years, Mulatu Astatke can still surprise and electrify his audience with the unfading originality of his sound.


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