Mulatu Astatke

  • Music
  • Avant-jazz and free-jazz
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© Alexis Maryon

Building from psychedelic Sun Ra-ish textures to molten James Brown jams, Ethiopian vibes maestro Astatke whips up a simmering blend of Afrobeat grooves, melodic modal jazz and skanking brass via dirty funk and swing. This is a rare chance to sample his heady brew first-hand.

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