Mulatu Astatke: The Man & His Influence

Mulatu Astatke is a musical titan, in the same league as the likes of Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade, yet he was first recognized to most people when The Paris-based world music record label, Buda Musique devoted the entire 4th installment of their respected series, Ethiopiques, to his compositions in 1998.

Astatke was born in 1943 in a town called Jimma in Ethiopia. His family sent him abroad to Wales to study chemical engineering, and instead, he came home with a degree in Music and a whole new sound brewing in his head. After Wales, he proceeded to the prestigious Berklee College of Music becoming the first African student to attend, studying the Vibraphone and percussion.

Mulatu Astatke – “Asosa” (from Mulatu Steps Ahead on Strut Records)
 

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The Official 25th Switchstance Radio Show

radioshow-251Listen and download the latest radioshow from Switchstance Records, brought to you by Tom Strauch and Protassov. Their official 25th show features music by Vieux Farka Toure, Ancient Astronauts, RJD2, Blockhead, Breakestra, The Beatstalkers and more. (To download: click the down-arrow on the right side of the Soundcloud player.)

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GPWW 1/14/10 Worldwide Family Mixtape: Matthew Halsall

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With Gilles gearing up for his rare Brooklyn appearance tomorrow, we continue our regularly scheduled programming: GPWW Thursdays. The Brooklyn show is sold out, but we have a twitter contest going on. It’s an easy way to score a pair of tickets; just retweet us about the show. @GiantStep. We’ll notify the winners today at 5pm EST.

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This week features Manchester-based trumpeter, composer, arranger, DJ, producer, and band leader, Matthew Halsall.

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