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Mulatu Astatke

Mulatu Astatke (born 1943) is an Ethiopian musician and arranger best known as the father of Ethio-jazz.

Born in the western Ethiopian city of Jimma, Mulatu was musically trained in London, New York City, and Boston where he combined his jazz and latin-music interests with traditional Ethiopian music. Astatke led his band while playing vibraphone and conga drums—instruments that he introduced into Ethiopian popular music—as well as other percussion instruments, keyboards and organ. His albums focus primarily on instrumental music, and Astatke appears on all three known albums of instrumentals that were released during Ethiopia's Golden ’70s.

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Mulatu Steps Ahead
2010

4
2 Votes
Inspiration Infromation Vol. 3
2009

4
2 Votes
Ethiopiques 4: Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentale
1998

4.4
17 Votes
Yekatit: Ethio Jazz - Featuring Fekade Amde Maskal
1974

4
1 Votes
Mulatu of Ethiopia
1972

4.3
6 Votes

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