Album: Mulatu Astatke, Sketches of Ethiopia (Jazz Village)
Saturday 24 August 2013
Astatke’s 1970s back catalogue only gained worldwide recognition through the Ethiopiques compilations and songs featured in Jim Jarmusch’s Broken Flowers.
Yet the 70-year-old composer and vibraphonist hasn’t rested on his laurels. Each track here is a distinctive entity which contributes to a cohesive funky whole. It’s impossible to pick a favourite but “Surma”, featuring Malian diva Fatoumata Diawara, is an assertively sensuous gem.
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