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Sunday Jazz: Mulatu Astatke – “Mulatu’s Mood”

Sunday Jazz: Mulatu Astatke – “Mulatu’s Mood”

Music, Sunday Jazz
I've posted about my new-found love of Ethiopian jazz before, but maybe that wasn't enough to convince you to give it a try. So let's try again! Here's a phenomenal cut from Mulatu Astatke's great 2010 release for the Strut label, Mulatu Steps Ahead. It's "Mulatu's Mood," and I can't think of a better way to start your Sunday than to let this music just help you drift away to another world. The beauty of this arrangement is how it sounds completely modern and yet timeless at the same time. It's got that insistent beat, but still manages to feel laid back. Amazing. Enjoy "Mulatu's Mood"! Related articles Mulatu Astatke album i koncert (zokstersomething.wordpress.com) Vintage Crates Episode #99: Mind Trip- Ethiopia (astralprojectsrecords.wordpress.com) Mulatu Astatke (cacaopow...
Sunday Jazz: Mulatu Astatke, “Yegelle Tezela”

Sunday Jazz: Mulatu Astatke, “Yegelle Tezela”

Music, Sunday Jazz
I recently finished listening to the upcoming studio release from Dengue Fever, Cannibal Courtship. As I was writing my review for Popdose, one of the things I mentioned as an ingredient to their unique sound was Ethiopian jazz (or Ethio-jazz). But it occurred to me that I had never actually heard Ethiopian jazz, so I did a little digging. Wow, good stuff! Sadly, this clever and fun hybrid of jazz and traditional Ethiopian music (which utilizes the pentatonic scale, hence its exotic sound) was largely silenced following that country's Derg junta of 1974. Since the 1990s, however, people outside Ethiopia have had the chance to hear those excellent, grooving sounds largely courtesy of the sprawling, comprehensive Éthiopiques CD series. Here's one of the first tracks I stumbled upon, fr