They Call Him The Godfather
Dubbed “The Godfather of Ethio-Jazz,” Mulatu Astatke creates music with the power to haunt. Decades after its earliest release, Astatke’s music is finding new appreciators all the time, from devotees of African music, to the American jazz old guard, to beat heads looking for something fresh to sample.
All three of Mulatu Astatke’s albums for Strut have their own distinct character. New York • Addis • London collects his rare and classic recordings of the 60s & 70s. Mulatu Steps Ahead is a reflective and reverent modal jazz meditation, and Inspiration Information features some of Astatke’s most out-there forays