Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Mulatu Astatke Featuring Fekade Amde Maskal - 1974 - Ethio Jazz

Mulatu Astatke Featuring Fekade Amde Maskal 
1974 
Ethio Jazz 



01. Dèwèl
02. Yèkèrmo Sèw
03. Gubèlyé
04. Asmarina
05. Yèkatit
06. Nètsanèt
07. Tezetayé Antchi Lidj
08. Sabyé
09. Ené Alantchi Alnorem

Mulatu Astatke_keyboards
Fekade Amde Maskal_tenor saxophone, flute
Mogus Habté_tenor saxophone
Yohannes Tèkolla_trumpet
Andrew Wilson_guitar
Giovanni Rico_bass
Tèmarè Harègu_drums



Ethio Jazz was originally released as Yekatit Ethio-Jazz in 1974 on Ethiopian label, Amha Records, bringing together various tracks recorded by Mulatu Astatke between 1969 and 1974. Formed at Boston's Berklee College of Music during the sixties, Mulatu Astatke is a multi-instrumentalist, founder of the Ethio Jazz genre, the first to combine traditional ethiopian sound with Jazz & Latin music. Indeed, in 1966, Mulatu & His Quintet have recorded in New York City, two Afro-Cuban Jazz albums (Afro-Latin Soul, Volumes 1 & 2), which lead him to introduce latin & western instruments in the popular Ethiopian music. Mulatu has gained an international recognition many years later, first  thanks to the Parisian label Buda Musique, which selected some of his best songs included in the volume 4 from the Éthiopiques compilation series, a volume entirely devoted to him (Éthiopiques Volume 4: Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentale, 1969–1974). Secondly in US, three of his compositions including Yèkèrmo Sèw & Gubèlyé, were selected for the Broken Flowers Original Soundtrack (2005), directed by Jim Jarmusch. At last, some great names of Hip-Hop have sampled his songs such as Nas, Cut Chemist of Jurassic 5, Quantic or Madlib. 

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