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Mulatu Astatke - "Sketches of Ethiopia" [New 2013 Album Teaser]

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Published on Apr 9, 2013

Mulatu Astatke - "Sketches of Ethiopia"
New album september 2013 released on JazzVillage
Preorder the album here : http://bit.ly/MASketechesOfEthiopia
www.jazzvillagemusic.com

Video recorded and produced at Studio La Buissonne, february 2013

For his first album released on an international label, the father of Ethio-Jazz gives us his remarkably rich music, bearing witness to his career, from his debut as a percussionist to his studies of musical composition and his collaborations with numerous jazz legends such as Duke Ellington. His influences range from jazz and Latin-American music to the traditional music of his homeland, Ethiopia. His audience expanded further in 2005 after he featured on the soundtrack for Jim Jarmusch's film Broken Flowers, bringing him "cult" status in the music world. Each time he appears on stage, his music turns the concert into a party and the urge to dance is irresistible.

Conductor, arranger, master of the vibraphone and conga drums, Mulatu Astatke now plays with his group, Step Ahead, based in England. Sketches of Ethiopia was recorded in Addis-Ababa, London and at La Buissonne studios near Avignon in France. This album launches his blissful and colourful music into the world of international jazz, uniquely weaving modern groove with age-old melodies, and western classical music with Latin and afro funk rhythms.

Pour son premier album publié sur un label international, le père de l' « éthio-jazz » nous livre sa musique particulièrement riche, nourrie de tout son parcours : sa formation de percussionniste, ses études de composition, ses collaborations avec nombre de jazzmen au premier rang desquels Duke Ellington, ses influences jazz et latines, et bien sûr la musique traditionnelle de son pays. Remis sur le devant de la scène en 2004 grâce à la musique du film de Jim Jarmusch « Broken Flowers », il est devenu un artiste « culte » et chacune de ses apparitions en concert est une une fête musicale sous-tendue par un somptueux appel à la danse.

Chef d'orchestre, arrangeur, joueur de vibraphone et de congas, Mulatu Astatke joue désormais avec son groupe régulier Step Ahead basé en Angleterre. Réalisé à Addis-Abeba, Londres et dans les studios de La Buissonne près d'Avignon, "Sketches of Ethiopia" propulse sur la planète jazz mondiale sa musique divinement chatoyante, mélange unique de groove moderne, de mélodies séculaires, de reflets de musique classique occidentale et de rythmes latins et afro-funk.

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