We've known Gerogia Anne Muldrow and her aliases as a staple on the scene for a while, but she's been even more prolific than usual lately. Georgia is appearing as “Jyoti” in her forthcoming Jazz album, Ocotea, paying homage to the late, great Alice Coltrane who gifted her with this name. With encouragement from the sublime Alice Coltrane, an innovative musician in her own right, it's no wonder that Georgia's works have gained so much praise from the likes of Gilles Peterson and Erykah Badu.
From our friends at Mochilla: "Remixing Suite for Ma Dukes is a brave undertaking. Several producers and MCs at first accepted and then declined the job. In the end we think we got the right person. It is with great pleasure on the week of Mothers Day to release this remix. Done while mothering by none other than Georgia Anne Muldrow. This project began as an homage to one mother's love (Ma Dukes) and has now been remixed by another (Georgia Anne Muldrow) with her son Nokware in her lap. Two incredible women, one amazing track. Remixed.
Georgia who has done production for Erykah Badu, Mos Def, and partner Dudley Perkins was an amazing person to watch at work. Her feel is so hers. She seemed so comfortable with the music. She insisted that she didn't want to chop the song but to play along as if she was there in the Orchestra. We wanted her to sing on the track too but her microphone was in the shop for repairs - so on suggestion she sang the vocals into the lavaller tie clip mic that we used to capture sound for the video.
This remix and the two other remixes from Te'Amir (remixing Mulatu Astatke) and Jneiro Jarel (remixing Arthur Verocai) will be available on a Timeless Remixed EP this summer."
Carlos Nino & Miguel Atwood Ferguson - "Untitled/Fantastic" Remix by Georgia Anne Muldrow [MP3]
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.
Read more, grab a few downloads, samples and more Ethiopian-influenced hip-hop after the jump.
Timeless: The Composer/Arranger Series is the name of a concert series that was created in homage to the composer/arrangers who have influenced hip-hop in the most literal and profound ways. Timeless was conceived by production house Mochilla in Los Angeles during February and March 2009 and included the performances of over 150 musicians in front of ecstatic sold out crowds. These three historic events were recorded and filmed in exacting detail with Mochilla's unmistakable style - with the music of Mulatu Astatke, J.Dilla and Arthur Verocai.
More Info & Purchase: Mochilla.com/timeless
Stay tuned for our Artist Profile on Mulatu, commemorating his March 30th release, Mulatu Steps Ahead on Strut Records.