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After 40 Years, Mulatu Astatke Still 'Sketches' Ethio-Jazz Deftly
by BANNING EYRE
It is bold indeed for any jazz artist to evoke Miles Davis' landmark album Sketches of Spain. But Mulatu Astatke, like Miles, is a true original.
The music Astatke first imagined 40 years ago sounds as fresh and contemporary today as it did in the swinging Addis Ababa of 1973 when Astatke created a signature "Ethio-jazz" style by blending jazz with Ethiopian music. Decades later, he earned an international following when his early recordings appeared on reissue CDs. Now, Astatke has rewarded fans with new album called Sketches of Ethiopia.
By the way who is going to replace this Great Artist in the next Years .I know in the Diaspora Artists like Abegaz Kibrework can do perfectly the job .But Inside the country ,I am afraid “NADA” .
teddy the idiot. that is the problem with this guy. just like your master hailesselassie he just lived for him self. if an artist couldnt produce his succsessors he is just an artist but not ‘great’. this guy could have done so many things to cultivate young artists like him but again he just lived for him self. i am soory this concept could be a little hard for you to understand it is understandable considering your gethho upbringing. your foul mouth and vulgar words are my witness of your back ground.
Ante Dedeb, qorqoro ras Shabia Abegaz Kibreworq is in Ethiopia at Jazz Amba club, in the old Taitu Hotel…din gay ras…
We are so proud of you SON OF ETHIOPIA.Please train some sons and daughters to follow your steeps. May you and your music live long. Bless Ethiopia and its Nations.
Wow! What a talented artist!
I’m sorry to hear that our other talented artist Teddy Mitiku is in critical condition at Maryland hospital. I wish him a speedy recovery.
By the way Teddy,
You are a breath of fresh air and you are one of the few insightful intelligent Ethiopians on this website. You are the total opposite of that one track mind Assta B. Gettu. Keep up the good work and keep it coming. Thanks.
Temtamew ,keep on your stupid bla blas for yourself ,TCHINKILATEBIS
KEWLALA BANDA !!!!For your ALZEIHMER AFFECTED ,NERO MINDED MEMORIES it’s not only the youth ,the scholars and many patriots who did choose to live in “EXILE” but also the artists .
Eyugnidebukugni ,BE HILMEH NEHU BEHUNEH ,WOYES BE BANDAW ETV !!!! What a joke ,with
your daily “FUGERRA” you will finish by anouncing that Abegaz is actually performing at Tigrai Hotel and even “WHUBE BEREHA” and why not to the former Gebre Tensay Cake Bet ,on the Honor of your then Shabis masters…LOL!!! By the way Adgi , you have once again riduculised yourself .AGAZIS STOOGE AMICHE FANDYA BANDA !!!!!
you guys lack deep music knowledge, mulatu Astatke equivalent to a farmer cultivate grow seeds and harvest. whereas Abegaz cooks it, Abegaz is like Dj mixer organizer (akenabari).
Mulatu Astateke, legendery music arranger,unmistakable Ethiopian in his musical path, the master of vibraphone, piano, organ and percussion,what a great achiever !
The man and his music has no boundaries , in some sense it flows like a spring water naturally smooth and after a while to burst with great drama and emotions keeping the music all out enjoyable/alive, dynamic !
Just listen the music and take a walk down memory lane, that is, if you’re bitten by the bug ( passion for the type of music + homesickness ).
Ato Mulatu if you ever visit this website , I would like to thank you for making Ethio- jazz cool / groovey without losing its cultural- encryption .
Proud to be an Ethiopian and African .
forward with comradde tamagne,
You are criticizing Teddy for something that makes sense. You on the other hand need to learn how to write first before you criticize someone else. It is himself not him self, and it is Ghetto not gethho or whatever you wrote above. I know it is not your first language but don’t be lazy and just write, try to write correctly just for yourself not for me or anyone on this website. What you do when nobody is watching is having respect for yourself.
instead of commenting on the idea,you are criticizing my spelling. that is expected from those people who admire the idiocy of teddy.if you are that concerned about the language please go and correct the countless spelling and grammatical mistakes of your hero teddy. i dont use spell check religiously like you do. for me idea is primary and spelling is secondary.
Temtamew ,GO BACK TO YOUR NAP than boring us with your daily stupid Lies .You have none plitical wisdom and Idea than swallowing like a Pig your Looter Bandit Masters Baseless Propaganadas …KEFFO RAS SHINFELLA BANDA !!!!!!
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