Mulatu Astatke is an Ethiopian musician, composer, and arranger. He is known as the father of Ethio-jazz, a unique blend of pop, modern jazz, traditional Ethiopian music, Latin rhythms, Caribbean reggae, and Afro-funk. Born in 1943, Astatke was musically trained in London, New York City and Boston, where he was the first African student at Berklee College of Music. He went on to work with Duke Ellington and other acclaimed jazz artists. The ‘Ethiopiques’ CD series has opened a new audience to his ‘Ethio-jazz’ experiments, but it wasn’t until Jim Jarmusch’s film ‘Broken Flowers’ came out in 2005, featuring his music heavily throughout, that momentum started to gather and a young generation of urban artists started sampling Astatke’s music.

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