Strut Records Presents Mulatu Steps Ahead

Mulatu Astastke is a giant of Ethiopian music. He is the inventor of Ethio-jazz.  His work has inspired many imitations, many admirers, and a whole new generation of fans.  His music veers from the sublime tezetas to the most foot stomping funk.

His relevance in today’s music scene is evident in the music of the artists he influences, as well as his own new music. Enjoy the album preview: five streaming tracks and a download from Mulatu Steps Ahead by Mulatu Astastke on Strut Records: listen here.

Mulatu Astastke – “Green Africa”
[get free MP3 here]
 

Mulatu Steps Ahead will be released on March 30th on Strut Records.

Video from Mulatu Astastke’s performances will be featured in the DVD boxset from VTech/Mochilla, Timeless, also to be released on March 30th.

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Top Artists & Producers Get Together To Celebrate Quincy Jones on Soul Bossa Nostra

Some of today’s biggest recording artists and producers have joined together to celebrate the music of multi-Grammy winning producer, composer and arranger Quincy Jones by recording contemporary versions of his popular recordings on a new album called Soul Bossa Nostra. A “family celebration,” Soul Bossa Nostra will be released on May 25th, 2010.

Among the artists to pay tribute to Jones’ massive catalog are Usher, Ludacris, Akon, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, T-Pain, Robin Thicke, LL Cool J, John Legend, Snoop Dogg, Wyclef Jean, Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, Three 6 Mafia, David Banner, Bebe Winans, Mervyn Warren, Jermaine Dupri, DJ Paul, and Scott Storch.

New Mixtape from Consequence, G.O.O.D. Music and Nah Right

Today hip-hop artist Consequence unleashes a new mixtape, Movies On Demand, via his website itsthecons.com. Movies On Demand co-stars some of the most respected artists in the game: Kanye West, Common, Q-Tip, P. Diddy, Kid Cudi, Styles P, Maino, Spree Wilson, The Lox, John Legend, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, and Rick Ross. Asher Roth jumps on the single “Childish Games”, and the video shot by Rik Cordero will premiere in the coming weeks.

This is just a taste of what’s to come as Consequence is currently in the studio working on his highly anticipated album Cons TV. Executive produced by Q-Tip and Kanye West, it is set for release in 2010 on G.O.O.D. Music / Motown Universal.

Download Movies on Demand Mixtape Here [zip file]

“Childish Games ft. Asher Roth” – Single [Purchase on iTunes]

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