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Mulatu Astatke

Lucy Duran presents Ethio-jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke on stage at Koko in London, performing as part of the 2012 London Jazz Festival.

Lucy Duran presents Ethio-jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke on stage at Koko in London, as part of the 2012 London Jazz Festival.

Born in 1943, Ethiopian pianist and vibes player Mulatu Astatke is known as the father of Ethio-jazz, a genre that spans everything from traditional Ethiopian rhythms to straight ahead jazz, funk and latin. He studied in London and the US, where he went on to work with Duke Ellington, bringing a host of influences back to his native Ethiopia. In recent years he has been embraced by a new generation of fans, including film maker Jim Jarmusch (in Broken Flowers) and musicians Nas and Damian Marley.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Mulatu Astatke

    Dewell

    Performers: Mulatu Astatke (vibraphone) James Arben (saxophone) Byron Wallen (trumpet) Danny Keane (cello) Alexander Hawkins (piano) John Edwards (double bass) Richard Olatunde Baker (percussion) Tom Skinner (drums)

    • BBC Recording.
    • Koko, Sunday 18th November 2012.
  • Mulatu Astatke

    Yakermew Sew

    Performers: Mulatu Astatke (vibraphone) James Arben (saxophone) Byron Wallen (trumpet) Danny Keane (cello) Alexander Hawkins (piano) John Edwards (double bass) Richard Olatunde Baker (percussion) Tom Skinner (drums)

    • BBC Recording.
    • Koko, Sunday 18th November 2012.
  • Mulatu Astatke

    Motherland

    Performers: Mulatu Astatke (vibraphone) James Arben (saxophone) Byron Wallen (trumpet) Danny Keane (cello) Alexander Hawkins (piano) John Edwards (double bass) Richard Olatunde Baker (percussion) Tom Skinner (drums)

    • BBC Recording.
    • Koko, Sunday 18th November 2012.
  • Mulatu Astatke

    The Way to Nice

    Performers: Mulatu Astatke (vibraphone) James Arben (saxophone) Byron Wallen (trumpet) Danny Keane (cello) Alexander Hawkins (piano) John Edwards (double bass) Richard Olatunde Baker (percussion) Tom Skinner (drums)

    • BBC Recording.
    • Koko, Sunday 18th November 2012.
  • Mulatu Astatke

    Yagelle Tizetta

    Performers: Mulatu Astatke (vibraphone) James Arben (saxophone) Byron Wallen (trumpet) Danny Keane (cello) Alexander Hawkins (piano) John Edwards (double bass) Richard Olatunde Baker (percussion) Tom Skinner (drums)

    • BBC Recording.
    • Koko, Sunday 18th November 2012.

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