Mulatu Astatke Video – Mulatu Steps Ahead Live in San Paolo

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Mulatu Steps Ahead was released on Strut Records last year by Mulatu Astatke and now he’s touring around places like San Paolo, Brazil. Watch him perform a couple tracks from the new album: above is his song “The Way to Nice” and you can watch “Motherland” on Strut’s Youtube channel. Thanks to Strut for the great footage; live performances are rarely this clear and this sounds fantastic.

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)

Read more, grab a few downloads, samples and more Ethiopian-influenced hip-hop after the jump.

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GPWW 2/18/10: Worldwide Awards Highlights


This week on the Gilles Peterson World Wide radio show: the best of The Worldwide Awards from North London, an annual celebration of the music played on GPWW; plus the usual oddities and soulful grooves. Featured artists include Flako, Bonobo, Andreya Triana, Theophilus London, Mulatu Astatke & more.

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