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Mulatu Astatke
Ethiopian Modern Instrumentals Hits

The Heavenly Sweetness label get in there at the right time with their reissue of 1972’s Ethiopian Modern Instrumentals Hits. Released just as the Ethio-jazz revival hits fever-pitch, this LP features a bunch of cuts by the big man Mulatu Astatke as well as two entries apiece from Tèsfa-Maryam Kidané and Bahta Gèbrè-Heywèt. The styles range from classic Ethio-jazz slinks (Astake’s ‘Metche Dershe’) to hard-bopping twelve-bar blues (Kidane’s ‘Yetesfa Tezeta’).

Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet
Afro Latin Soul Vol. 2

Everyone needs a little Mulatu Astatke to lively up their life: get right to it with this reissue of his 1966 album Afro-Latin Soul Vol. 2, recorded with His Ethiopian Quintet. Astatke’s sound is still young and burgeoning here, but his mixture of Ethiopian-style jazz with Latin rhythms and sounds is a fabulous listen. Remastered and reissued by Strut.
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Mulatu Astatke & His Ethiopian Quintet
Afro-Latin Soul

Mulatu Astatke has long and lovingly been called 'Godfather Of Ethio Jazz' and who are we, your humble servants at Norman to disagree? Strut push on with their careful programme of essential jazz reissues to bring us the first official pressings of Astatke's early classics: Afro-Latin Soul (Vols 1 & 2), recordings made with his Ethiopian Quintet and dating from 1966. His initial experiments hurled Ethiopian culture head-on into African-Latin and normative jazz / R&B modes. Here the package is delivered in fully remastered form with expanded liner notes written by Astatke himself. On LP or CD.

Mulatu Astatke
Afro Latin Soul Vol. 2

The resurgent interest in Ethio-jazz trailblazer Mulatu Astatke leads to another reissue. This one is culled from Astatke’s time spent living in New York in the 1960s, one of the most fruitful and groundbreaking periods of his career. On Afro Latin Soul Vol. 2 Astatke and his Ethiopian Quintet fuse their native jazz sound with Latin styles and r ‘n’ b in a manner that set Astatke on his way to some of his most vital and pioneering work. Re-pressed by Strut.

Mulatu Astatke
Mulatu of Ethiopia

Mulatu Astatke’s 1972, New York-recorded album Mulatu of Ethiopia is a true classic of Afro-jazz, and an early key step for Mulatu. Various editions are available (CD, LP and triple LP), featuring the original album remastered plus rare photos, an exclusive interview, and on some formats, outtakes and a mono master. Premium reissue on Strut.

Ethio Stars / Tukul Band feat. Mulatu Astatke
Addis 1988

Mulatu Astatke’s international career has spiralled into serious recognition over the last few years, but this reissue reminds us how great he sounded in 1988. Addis 1988 is a studio date recorded with Ethio Stars and Turkul Band, with Mulatu’s original songs and arrangements sounding triumphant in the hands of these musicians. Reissue of a long out-of-print album, courtesy of Piranha Records.
  • Artist(s):
  • Mulatu Astatke

Mulatu Astatke/ Heliocentrics
Inspiration Information


  • Artist(s):
  • Mulatu Astatke
  • Artist(s):
  • Mulatu Astatke