The father of Ethio-Jazz Mulatu Astatke brings his band and vibes to The Jazz Cafe. With his last two sell out shows at Field Day, The Roundhouse and Village Underground, this will be an unmissable opportunity to see this legendary musician up close and personal on The Jazz Cafe stage.
Born in the Ethiopian city of Jimma, Mulatu trained in London, New York City, and Boston where he combined his jazz and Latin music interests with traditional Ethiopian music. He has collaborated with many notable artists across Africa, Europe and America arranging and playing on recordings by Mahmoud Ahmed, and appearing as a special guest with Duke Ellington during a tour of Ethiopia in 1973. His Western audience expanded even further when the 2005 Jim Jarmusch film Broken Flowers featured seven of Astatke’s songs. His work also features heavily in hip-hop with Nas, Damian Marley, Kanye West, Cut Chemist, and Knaan all sampling his work.