The modern consensus is that Mulatu Astatke’s best years begin with 1972’s Mulatu Of Ethiopia LP. However, Strut’s re-releases of Astatke’s two Afro Latin Soul albums may be about to change all that. Originally issued in 1966 when Astatke was living in New York, the records are important formative works in the style that would eventually come to be known as Ethio Jazz. Despite playing under the name of The Ethiopian Quintet, Astatke’s band contained players from both American and Afro-Latin lineages as well as Astatke’s Horn Of Africa style. It is this cross-pollination of techniques that makes the music so invigorating, from the funky groove of ‘Lover’s Mambo’ to ‘Girl From Addis Abada’s wild shuffle.
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- 1 The Panther (Boogaloo) 1:17 Mulatu Astatke
- 2 Konjit (Pretty) 2:00 Mulatu Astatke
- 3 Soul Power 2:00 Mulatu Astatke
- 4 Lover's Mambo 1:08 Mulatu Astatke
- 5 Love Mood For Two 2:00 Mulatu Astatke
- 6 Jijiger 1:15 Mulatu Astatke
- 7 Girl From Addis Ababa 2:00 Mulatu Astatke
- 8 Karayu 2:00 Mulatu Astatke
- 9 Raina 2:00 Mulatu Astatke
Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet
- Various Artists
- Two Niles to Sing a Melody: The Violins & Synths of Sudan
- Ostinato Records
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- September 2018