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Mulatu Astatke

Part of EFG London Jazz Festival

Mulatu Astatke

In his 80th year re-landscaping the jazz genre, the musician, composer and arranger coined as 'the father of Ethio-jazz' brings the spirit of Ethiopia to the Hall. 

Born in the western Ethiopian city of Jimma and trained in London, New York and Boston, Astatke made an impact early on by combining his jazz and Latin music interests with traditional Ethiopian music.

With his albums focussing primarily on instrumental music, Astatke leads his band while playing vibraphone and conga drums, alongside other percussion instruments, keyboards and organ.

Having collaborated with many notable artists, Astatke has arranged and played on recordings by Mahmoud Ahmed and appeared as a special guest of Duke Ellington's during his 1973 Ethiopia tour. His Western audience expanded further following the release of Jim Jarmusch's 2005 film Broken Flowers which featured many of Astatke’s songs, as well as through the countless sampling of Hip hop artists such as Nas, Damian Marley, Kanye West, Cut Chemist, and Knaan. 

Stage Times:

7.30 - 9pm Mulatu Astatke

No support artist for this show

Stage times are approximate and subject to change.

Presented by Serious. Part of the EFG London Jazz Festival 2023.

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