Monday, April 20, 2009

Disc Worthy:::::Mulatu Astatke and The Heliocentrics

For the past 40 years, Ethiopian jazz musician Mulatu Astatke has been expressing himself in collaborations with bands and fellow musicians. But it wasn’t until Jim Jarmusch’s touching tragicomedy “Broken Flowers” came out in 2005 that Astatke’s unique jazz style began to be recognized by a wider audience. Shortly thereafter, the collector series “Ethiopiques” devoted its fourth installment to Astatke.

Recently, the African musician teamed up with DJ Shadow-openers The Helicocentrics for a neat album called “Inspiration Information”; a piece reflecting the UK band’s hip-hop, funk, jazz, psychedelic, electronic and avante-garde background as well as Astatke’s funk, Latin, modern jazz and Ethiopian folklore-influenced compositions.

1 Masengo
2 Cha Cha
3 Addis Black Widow
4 Mulatu
5 Blue Nile
6 Esketa Dance | Download MP3
7 Chik Chikka
8 Live From Tigre Lounge
9 Chinese New Year
10 Phantom Of The Panther
11 Dewel
12 Fire In The Zoo
13 An Epic Story
14 Anglo Ethio Suite

Check out Turntable Lab to order.

Live show in London Wednesday, May 20 at 7:00 PM
AGMP & BROWNSWOOD PRESENT: MULATU ASTATKE & THE HELIOCENTRICS plus Elmore Judd and Gilles Peterson:::@ 1a Camden High St
London NW1, United Kingdom NW1 7JE Tickets

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