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