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Yekereme Fikir
OCD-PIR3064S 1
03 Nov 17
International
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Yekereme Fikir - (5:05) 82 BPM
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Yekereme Fikir EP
OCDPIR 3064
01 Dec 17
International
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Yekereme Fikir - (5:05) 82 BPM
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Eshet Eshet - (6:58) 81 BPM
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Kutakawa - (4:27) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Addis 1988
PIR 3060OCD
24 Mar 17
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Ethio Stars - "Aderech Arada, Bekifir/Menged Lay Wodike" - (4:30) 114 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ethio Stars - "Kermosew" - (3:28) 109 BPM
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Ethio Stars - "Yetentu Tez Alew" - (3:58) 108 BPM
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Ethio Stars - "Tiz Balegn Gize" - (5:16) 61 BPM
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Tukul Band - "Bugalu" - (3:04) 123 BPM
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Tukul Band - "Akale Woube" - (2:40) 88 BPM
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Tukul Band - "Konso Music" - (4:30) 90 BPM
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Tukul Band - "Wallel Beli" - (3:37) 73 BPM
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Tukul Band - "Sound Of Washint & Masinko" - (3:33) 102 BPM
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Played by: Flash Atkins
Review: 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.
Mulatu Steps Ahead
STRUT 056CD
25 Mar 10
Jazz
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Radcliffe - (7:54) 95 BPM
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Green Africa - (5:13) 88 BPM
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The Way To Nice - (5:09) 120 BPM
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Assosa - (2:39) 83 BPM
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I Faram Gami I Faram - (5:33) 87 BPM
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Mulatu's Mood - (5:56) 123 BPM
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Ethio Blues - (7:02) 55 BPM
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Boogaloo - (5:19) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Motherland - (4:26) 110 BPM
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Played by: Mellophonia, Mahatma X
Review: Generally accepted as the father of Ethio jazz, Mulatu Astatke releases his first studio album in over twenty years through Strut. Mulatu Steps Ahead signals somewhat of a new approach for the veteran who also engages with western jazz in favour of his more familiar, native style that has made him such a pioneering artist during the 60s and 70s. Having been making jazz music for the last 50 years, Mulatu Astatke has worked with some of the greats of the jazz world. On this album, he recorded with members of the Either/Orchestra in Boston, with members of The Heliocentrics and some of the UK's leading jazz and African players whilst also adding contributions by traditional Ethiopian musicians in Addis. The album follows on from the success of both the acclaimed Inspiration Information collaboration and recent Strut compilation, New York "Addis " London.

Mulatu Steps does not focus on his past roots however, indeed much of it was recorded in the States. The result is a more traditional sounding jazz record than we are used to from him. But that is not to say there is less intrigue and personality woven into it though. In fact, each track on the album tells its very own story. Opener "Radcliffe" reflects on his time as a lecturer at Harvard University.

"Assosa" adapts traditional music from the Assosa tribes of North-Western Ethiopia, "Mulatu's Mood" re-works a Mulatu jazz fusion composition from the early 1990s into a new swinging Afro high life arrangement and "Derashe" deals with the traditional diminishing scales of the Derashe people of Southern Ethiopia. Although different from his previous work, Mulatu Astatke continues to keep jazz fresh, contemporary and up to date whether it's African or American. Let's just hope it's not another twenty years until his next studio album.
Sketches Of Ethiopia
570015
27 Aug 13
International
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Azmari - (5:00) 94 BPM
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Gamo - (5:15) 101 BPM
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Hager Fiker - (6:08) 92 BPM
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Gambella - (6:12) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Assosa Derache - (10:03) 93 BPM
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Gumuz - (6:30) 111 BPM
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Motherland Abay - (8:34) 135 BPM
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Surma (feat Fatoumata Diawara) - (4:42) 126 BPM
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Surma (feat Fatoumata Diawara - extended version Bonus Track) - (5:04) 127 BPM
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Mulatu Of Ethiopia
STRUT 129D
19 May 17
International
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Mulatu (Stereo Master) - (5:03) 157 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Mascaram Setaba (Stereo Master) - (2:47) 140 BPM
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Dewel (Stereo Master) - (4:12) 78 BPM
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Kulunmanqueleshi (Stereo Master) - (2:11) 77 BPM
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Kasalefkut Hulu (Stereo Master) - (2:26) 76 BPM
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Munaye (Stereo Master) - (3:32) 119 BPM
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Chifara (Stereo Master) - (7:08) 157 BPM
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Mulatu (Mono Master) - (5:31) 78 BPM
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Mascaram Setaba (Mono Master) - (3:06) 141 BPM
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Dewel (Mono Master) - (4:16) 138 BPM
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Kulunmanqueleshi (Mono Master) - (2:12) 50 BPM
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Kasalefkut Hulu (Mono Master) - (2:29) 83 BPM
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Munaye (Mono Master) - (5:24) 116 BPM
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Chifara (Mono Master) - (7:31) 77 BPM
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Inspiration Information 3
STRUT 040CD
07 Apr 09
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
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Masenqo - (6:23) 87 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Cha Cha - (4:35) 148 BPM
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Addis Black Widow - (3:38) 145 BPM
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Mulatu - (3:14) 98 BPM
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Blue Nile - (3:12) 78 BPM
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Esketa Dance - (4:09) 129 BPM
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Chik Chikka - (5:04) 78 BPM
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Live From Tigre Lounge - (2:54) 133 BPM
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Chinese New Year - (3:46) 116 BPM
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Phantom Of The Panther - (2:21) 76 BPM
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Dewel - (5:49) 79 BPM
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Fire In The Zoo - (3:36) 99 BPM
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An Epic Story - (5:01) 87 BPM
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Anglo Ethio Suit - (9:40) 101 BPM
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