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Ethiopiques Vol. 4 (1969-1974) - Mulatu Astatke

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Genre: World Music - Latin Jazz / Artist: Mulatu Astatke / Audio CD released 2000-01-17 at BUDA

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      12.12.2009 14:00
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      Mulatu Astatke certainly deserved his own voume

      Ethiopiques Vol. 4 is a compilation album by French record company - Buda Musique who specialise in world music. The volumes of Ethiopiqes are nearing 30 now and I'm planning to catch up on them over the cristmas break because at the moment I'm only familiar with this one which focuses on the work of Ethiopian jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke.

      Mulatu Astatke studied in London, New York and Boston, has worked with the likes of Duke Ellington and brought back a funky latin style of jazz with slightly psychedelic sections to Ethiopia, where it takes on a slightly different flavour. Astatke influenced a whole range of artists in the late 60s and 70s.

      The album goes through phases, there are happy tunes, wild and funky ones and some more chilled out long-winded progressive pieces, the use of guitar is very nice on this album and fans of Dengue Fever may recognise the psychedelic number Kasalefkut Hulu which the band covered as "Ethiopianium"

      Tracks like Sabye are a bit repetitive but so funky with a bit of a Middle Eastern flavour that make you feel like a spy hiding in a Cairo alleyway just to show the contrast in tracks, the track which follows it - Ene Alantchi Alnorem has a distinctively Asian feel to it with a strange strong wind blowing sound throughout.

      A pretty experimental album that might not be to everyone's tastes, it would definitely help if you like World Music or Jazz but it's extremely talented and I find it pretty enjoyable. Now off to check out the other 20 or so volumes of Ethiopiques!


      1 Yekermo Sew
      2 Metche Dershe
      3 Kasalefkut Hulu
      4 Tezeta
      5 Yegelle Tezeta
      6 Munaye
      7 Gubelye
      8 Asmarina
      9 Yekatit
      10 Netsanet
      11 Tezetaye Antchi Lidj
      12 Sabye
      13 Ene Alantchi Alnorem
      14 Dewel

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Yekermo Sew
    2 Metche Dershe
    3 Kasalefkut Hulu
    4 Tezeta
    5 Yegelle Tezeta
    6 Munaye
    7 Gubelye
    8 Asmarina
    9 Yekatit
    10 Netsanet
    11 Tezetaye Antchi Lidj
    12 Sabye
    13 Ene Alantchi Alnorem
    14 Dewel