The Grandfather of Ethio-Jazz is honoring himself. Mulatu Astatke (born 1943) brings along a young band who play his music with fire and passion. An absolute live experience.
The father of Ethiopian jazz, a leading light in African musical history and a living legend: Mulatu Astatke has been given many prestigious labels – yet none of them really does him justice. Because with a lively mix of modern jazz, the five tone music of his homeland, big band sound, shimmering Afro-funk and Caribbean grooves, Astatke hasn’t just made himself immortal between Addis Ababa and Havana, Duke Ellington and Jim Jarmusch: this gentle giant at the vibraphone never stands still – he bridges place, times and people, to this day inspiring hi-hop stars from Kanye West through Nas to Damian Marley. Utopia from Ethiopia.