Addis 1988 is a snapshot of when Mulatu Astatke was not yet the global Ethio Jazz superstar he is today, but a change sure came for him: and for the whole world in fact. In Ethiopia, the Derg had started to tumble and fall; Europe saw the wall between East and West gain more and more holes until it came down; Southern Africa witnessed Apartheid taking its final lap before Nelson Mandela was finally set free. With Ofra Haza's Yemenite Songs and Mory Kante's 'Yeke Yeke' high on the international charts, music of the wider world finally entered the house of Western pop, giving high hopes and deep inspirations for many musicians who were previously excluded. First released in 1992, available on CD only but out of print for many years, Addis 1988 has now been remastered.
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