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Ethiopiques 4: Ethio Jazz 1969-1974
Cat: 829642. Rel: 14 Jun 19
International
  1. Yekermo Sew
  2. Metche Dershe
  3. Kasalefkut Hulu
  4. Tezeta
  5. Yegelle Tezeta
  6. Munaye
  7. Gubelye
  8. Asmarina
  9. Yekatit
  10. Netsanet
  11. Tezetaye Antchi Lidj
  12. Sabye
  13. Ene Alantchi Alnorem
  14. Dewel
Review: Last year, Strut reissued the earliest albums in Mulatu Astatke's catalogue - 1966's "Afro-Latin Soul Part 1 & 2". This quality collection from Buda Musique picks up the story three years later, when the man who would become known as the "Godfather of Ethiopian Jazz" was beginning to establish himself as a true pioneer. The compilation draws on work recorded between 1969 and '74 in Boston, New York and London, most of which explores Astatke's unique and distinctive fusion of turn-of-the-'70s US jazz, dancefloor-friendly jazz-funk, Afro-Cuban rhythms and traditional Ethiopian music. While some of the recordings are fiendishly fuzzy and lo-fi, there's no arguing with the quality of Astatke's composition, playing and production. In fact, it's a near perfect introduction to his now familiar "Ethio-jazz" style.
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Afro Latin Soul Vols 1 & 2
Cat: STRUT 156CD. Rel: 20 Jul 18
International
  1. I Faram Gami I Faram
  2. Mascaram Setaba
  3. Shagu
  4. One For Buzayhew
  5. Alone In The Crowd
  6. Almaz
  7. Mulatu's Hideaway
  8. Askum
  9. A Kiss Before Dawn
  10. Playboy Cha Cha
  11. The Panther (Boogaloo)
  12. Konjit (Pretty)
  13. Soul Power
  14. Lover's Mambo
  15. Love Mood For Two
  16. Jijiger
  17. Girl From Addis Ababa
  18. Karayu
  19. Raina
Review: These days, Mulatu Astatke is widely considered to be the "Godfather of Ethiopian jazz". Yet when he recorded the two-part "Afro-Latin Soul" album in 1966, he'd just left music college in Boston. As this fine reissue proves, Astatke was years ahead of the game. While rooted in American jazz from the period, all 19 tracks (both albums have been compiled on to a single disc for this edition) draw heavily on Cuban jazz, in particular, as well as Ethiopian musical traditions. In truth, the latter aspect doesn't come through quite as strongly as you'd perhaps expect, though some of the album's highlights - the brilliant "Soul Power" in particular - draw more heavily on the percussive polyrhythms of Africa. Regardless, this is a superb set of forward-thinking global jazz that delivers high quality entertainment from start to finish.
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Played by: Alma Negra
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To Know Without Knowing
To Know Without Knowing (LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: AR 135VL. Rel: 03 Jul 20
International
  1. Mulatu (6:19)
  2. Kulun Mankwaleshi (7:46)
  3. To Know Without Knowing (7:34)
  4. Mascaram Setaba (5:52)
  5. Living On Stolen Land (10:24)
  6. Ambassi Lemdi (5:56)
Review: Mulatu Astatke is a legendary musician who is famous for his signature playing on the vibraphone. Here he blends his Ethio-jazz sounds with the Melbourne-based group Black Jesus Experience to serve up a mix of re-interpreted African folk songs and odes to his homeland. 'To Know Without Knowing' has a decidedly hip hop edge thanks to the vocal flow and 'Mascaram Setaba' is an Ethio classic. Another highlight is 'Living On Stolen Land' which is dedicated to the First Nations people of Australia and acknowledges the pain and injustice of them not being recognised as the traditional owners of Australia.
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To Know Without Knowing
Cat: AR 135CD. Rel: 03 Jul 20
International
  1. Mulatu
  2. Ambassa Lemdi
  3. Kulun Mankwaleshi
  4. Living On Stolen Land
  5. To Know Without Knowing
  6. Lijay
  7. Blue Light
  8. Mascaram Setaba
  9. A Chance To Give
 in stock $8.59
Addis 1988 (reissue)
Addis 1988 (reissue) (limited 180 gram vinyl LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: PIR 3060LP. Rel: 24 Mar 17
International
  1. Aderech Arada, Befikir/Menged Lay Wodike (4:31)
  2. Kermosew (3:28)
  3. Yetentu Tez Alew (3:58)
  4. Tiz Balegn Gize (5:18)
  5. Bugalu (3:04)
  6. Akale Woube (2:41)
  7. Konso Music (4:30)
  8. Wallel Beli (3:37)
  9. Sound Of Washint & Masinko (3:37)
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