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Afro Latin Soul Vols. 1 & 2
Artist
Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet
ReleaseProduct
Afro Latin Soul Vols. 1 & 2
Label
Strut
Catalogue Number
STRUT156D
Release Date
July 2018

Mulatu Astatke’s two Afro Latin Soul LPs are brought together as one compilation release for Strut (both are also available as separate volumes). The ‘Godfather Of Ethio Jazz’ has enjoyed quite the career resurgence in the past few years, and the clamour for fresh finds from the Ethiopian’s back catalogue has led to this pair of records being unearthed. Recorded in 1966, the volumes of Afro Latin Soul see Astatke beginning to break through to the Ethio Jazz style he would perfect on 1972’s Mulatu Of Ethiopia. Along with his Ethiopian Quintet - a red herring of a name given that the band numbered players from the Afro-Latin and American lineages - Astatke creates a powerful mix of Ethiopian modes, Cuban grooves and post-bop innovation.

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  1. 1 I Faram Gami I Faram 2:19 Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet
  2. 2 Mascaram Setaba 1:51 Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet
  3. 3 Shagu 3:06 Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet
  4. 4 One For Buzayhew 4:32 Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet
  5. 5 Alone In The Crowd 3:56 Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet
  6. 6 Almaz 2:53 Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet
  7. 7 Mulatu's Hideaway 2:55 Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet
  8. 8 Askum 2:10 Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet
  9. 9 A Kiss Before Dawn 3:11 Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet
  10. 10 Playboy Cha Cha 3:59 Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet
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